Jesus is not going to work it all out.
There, I said it. Hate me now, but I won’t stop now.
I understand that that the above sentiment is particularly controversial from a non-Christian. However, do understand that I am NOT challenging anyone’s religion. Despite my own views, I acknowledge that religion has done many powerful and transformative things across the globe and has sustained movements, people and storied institutions for which I have the utmost respect. Sure, it’s hurt many, many people as well, but that’s not the point of this rant.
My issue is with the anti-intellectual approach to the world that says if we put it all in the hands of Jesus (or God/Allah/Jehovah/etc…), everything will be okay.
I’ve heard people say that President Obama is safe from any threat because he’s a man of God. What in the Hell does that mean? Put aside any criticism of his policies and hand in any wars that have lead to the deaths of both military and civilian persons and ask what should be the obvious question: was Dr. King not a “man of God?” I won’t mention Malcolm X, because the person who believes this way probably doesn’t have the same reverence for “Mooslims”, but I digress.
Every day, I read comments in response to global/national tragedies and issues that require thought and action that go like this:
“They need Jesus!”
“God gonna work it out!”
“These are the end of days!”
“Jesus is gonna fix it!”
If it were that simple, wouldn’t the “believers” already be swimming in the milk and honey?
If Jesus was gonna “work it all out”, there would be no racism, no hatred, no violence. Trayvon Martin would be a kid eating Skittles out his pocket in his 4th period class right now; instead, he’s his generation’s Emmitt Till.
If Jesus was gonna “work it all out”, 15-year-old White kids could go watch that stupid Hunger Games movie without their brains exploding to see that characters that were BLACK IN THE BOOK were Black in the movie. Jesus would have saved their hearts from racism and their brains from a lack of reading comprehension skills.
If Jesus was gonna “work it all out”, there wouldn’t be “invisible children” in Uganda, there wouldn’t be war and famine and devistation that kills hundreds of thousands of innocent souls across the world.
I don’t think the answer to “What would Jesus do” would ever be “put it all in His hands and sit back and wait.” Seriously.
Guess what? I do believe in the power of prayer. I don’t, however, see that as an excuse to remain stagnant. We have to stop allowing people to lean on religion in order to avoid the often-difficult challenges of THINKING and DOING. God gave you a brain, a voice, the ability to change the world around you. Use them.
According to Pastor Morecraft, the consequences of being a “foolish person who is unwilling to live by the Word of God” is to “become a slave of somebody who is godly and who is wise.”
Pastor Joe Morecraft’s theocratic vision of building a Christian nation is one more reason why freedom-loving Americans must vigilantly guard our cherished Separation of Church and State.
Aaand this is why my black family has been feeling increasingly isolated from the white Christian figureheads in the past few years with all these racist, ignorant things coming from their mouths.
I made a Big Miss Steak…
A few hours ago, I made a post about a man with a neck beard commenting on how Atheist is more oppressed than Blacks, Homosexuals, females and transgendered people. I looked at it and realized that I forgot to source the original person.
So, I went ahead and searched. And searched. And searched. It turns out that the original image belongs to this Flickr account, which is also copyrighted.
Which means the image is now questionable. The image looked like it was copied from Flickr and someone decided to add his thoughts to it and posted it up.
The original source is dated back to 2009, which means in Internet time, the person who added the commentary might have done so in a certain place on the net and now “lost to the winds”.
I want accurate information on this blog, hence why you are not viewing at a rather weird 404 error. I replaced the original blog with this post because deleting the post might raise questions. So, here you go.
Sorry that I ruffled your feathers.
Taxing churches could generate $71 billion each year.
Someone here is missing the point of a church.
“Let’s tax God” ….yea about that.
If churches have the money to support political campaigns, churches have the money to pay taxes. Tax exemptions are almost always bullshit.
Yeah, when you’ve got evangelical preachers driving around in Bentleys and wearing $6000 suits, they need to be taxed. A hell of a lot of the wealthiest churches are just hate factories anyway, they’re getting tax breaks to run abusive ‘pray away the gay’ programs and cover up child sex abuse while their leaders are decked out in finery.
I actually disagree with the sentiment that all churches should be taxed. There are many churches that perform charitable work that should allow them to be tax exempt in the same way a 501(c)(3) non-profit is. Churches however, should be subject to stricter guidelines on what is necessary for them to do in order to become tax exempt. It should not be as easy as just being a religious organization; there needs to be tangible social benefit work involved in order for a church to be tax exempt.
That’s the problem though, most of them have got free reign to do whatever the fuck they want and consider it ‘charity’. Like handing out anti-gay leaflets at Pride marches or run anti-abortion services. And most of them will argue that this comes under ‘providing social benefit’ and if you argue otherwise, they’ll say you’re persecuting them for their beliefs.
Which is why there needs to be an establishment of a system that regulates churches specifically about social benefit. Churches can’t just preach, there needs to be a regulatory system that they need to appeal to and prove that they are be providing services to the poor, homeless, be active in the community, etc. These services/benefits should also not be limited to people within their religion. Churches that run harmful programs like anti-gay “therapy” would not be given status because there is clear evidence that it harms people, and the evidence outweighs any claims of religious persecution when dealing with federal government benefits. Churches should be treated like regular non-profits.
I don’t like the idea of government regulating churches or examining their works to deem if they are charity or not. Smacks entirely too much of a violation of freedom of speech. On the other hand, just taxing them sounds like an excellent idea although there should be a minimum amount of profit where they should still be tax free.. Don’t forget that although there are many huge churches out there, there’s also small local churches that are currently struggling.
yall can’t sit up here, shout “separation of church and state” and then wanna have the government in the church. Naw. Tax them racist, homophobic,sexist congressmen more. There are so many other ways that the U.S. is hemorrhaging money, get money from them.
“Jesus Christ is my nigga!”—proclaims white pastor -_-
… oh… my… uni…
Why Is Jesus A White Guy?
When you think of Jesus, what picture pops into your head? Most likely a very white-skinned guy with brown hair and blue eyes, right? That would be because it is the most common way that the figure Jesus has been depicted in art and media. The fact that he was from the Middle East, that he lived in Egypt for a time (and didn’t seem to noticeably stand out) and that he had parents from that area and not, let’s say Sweden, we can hazard a guess that he looked a little browner than what we are used to.
I don’t want to get into a theological discussion over some obscure passage that can be viewed as a description of his skin and eye color. All I want to point out is that he is depicted as a white guy. Almost exclusively. And there is a real reason for that. It’s the same reason why Cleopatra was always played in films by white women, and why almost all famous Egyptian characters are re-imagined as being very fair skinned.
This act of forming an image of a figure to fit social acceptance is an example of cultural appropriation. We see it in Hollywood all the time in films and T.V. series. When characters such as Jesus or Cleopatra are portrayed as poignant pieces of “our” collective history or collective imagination, they must be altered to fit the modern perception of acceptable power. And within our culture, “white” is that form of acceptable power. Therefore, Jesus and Cleopatra must be white.
Religion: Not my favorite topic. But I’ll post this up anywayz.
NGL there is too much wrong here. So I’mma just laugh and walk away.
I heard about this organization before. They say things like…
WE NEED A QUALITY DEDICATED CHRISTIAN WHITE LADY to be part of this Christian Identity ministry. Varied responsibilities, preferably including secretarial skills. Desire a believer who is intelligent, reliable, competent, pleasant, neat, and careful in details. An important, interesting, fulfilling life on rural acreage located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Must be racially pure, honest and of high moral character. Should have genuine sweet, gentle, feminine mannerisms and be easy to get along with. Government, Jewish, or other agents DO NOT qualify! Position should be regarded as a calling in Christian service, not just another job. Room, board, and spending money will be provided.
Religion is a hell of a drug.