Why I loathe the “convenience” of religion

As a Christian brought up in the Baptist Church, I listened to quite a few sermons and delivered a few messages myself.  I don’t discuss religion openly with many people because I personally think that religion is best expressed between the individual and their choice of deity.  That said, I really bothers me when people wrap themselves in the guise of being a Christian while their words and actions run counter to what they’re claiming to be.

I don’t think there is one true definition of what makes a Christian.  However, it seems as though there are a few principles that should be a given.  Looking out for those in need and trying to help all people, even those who do not believe, would seem to be part of that given in my view.  At the same time, attempting to force others to follow your beliefs would not be one of those principles as I don’t recall reading anything where Jesus forced people to follow him.  He talked with people, helped those in need, and his good deeds caused people to want to follow him.

There are groups, such as the American Family Association, who wrap themselves in this religious fabric as a way to explain their actions.  According to their website:

PHILOSOPHICAL STATEMENT
The American Family Association believes that God has communicated absolute truth to mankind, and that all people are subject to the authority of God’s Word at all times. Therefore AFA believes that a culture based on biblical truth best serves the well-being of our nation and our families, in accordance with the vision of our founding documents; and that personal transformation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest agent of biblical change in any culture.

In the Bible, there are passages that describe the punishment handed down by those who worship idol gods, so you would think that a group that has such a philosophical statement as part of their guiding principles would not have people actively encouraging people to bow down to idols, right?  Guess again…

“The top one percent are funding 30 percent of the government.  So rather than the poor, the low-income and the middle class being resentful of these people – they should be kissing the ground on which they walk.

“Who’s paying for the EBT cards?  Who’s paying for food stamps?  Who’s paying for the women and infant children program?  Who’s paying for subsidized housing?  Who’s paying for Medicaid?  It is the top one percent.  So they ought to be given ticker tape parades once a week in all of our major cities to thank them for funding welfare for everybody.” — Bryan Fischer, Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy

You say they’re funding 30% of the government, then that means that 70% of it is coming from somewhere else.  What makes you or anyone else so self-assured that you can honestly tell where tax dollars are spent?  For all we know, China could be funding all those things and not the 1%ers.  We were borrowing almost 40% of our budget, so we borrow more than what the 1% contributes, even though they’re amassing almost 100% of the income gains since the economic collapse.

Sorry Mr. Fischer, but I don’t worship money, and I won’t worship the 1%.  I choose to worship the same God that I grew up knowing.  If you can find where Jesus worshiped the money changers and kissed the ground they walked on, then please bring forth the news.  Otherwise, don’t taint Christianity with idol worship and other misdeeds.  It’s people like you who help to paint Christianity in such a bad light.

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6 thoughts on “Why I loathe the “convenience” of religion

  1. Worship of God is and should be a wholly private thing. One on one, no church, no sect, nobody but you and “The Man”.

  2. The American Family Association believes that God has communicated absolute truth to mankind,

    I believe that too. As such, I also believe the following (among many other things):

    Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 7:15

    He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. Ecclesiastes 5:10

    For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
    Timothy 6:7

    Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; Timothy 6:17

    No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24 (Luke 16:13 says the same thing with the change of one word)

    I noticed, at least in the video, the man quoted no Scripture backing his position.

    • I haven’t found a more complete video yet due to time constraints. I don’t know if he can find scripture to back up what he appears to be suggesting though. When I hear people speaking like this while claiming to be part of some Christian organization, Matthew 7:15 runs on a continuous loop through my mind.

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