An update on the diversity of Christendom

One of the effects of the current political landscape in the USA has been to highlight the diverse attitudes and stances that exist within the various churches in the country.

Depending on your news sources, you may not fully appreciate that there is a vast range of positions within Christendom on issues of politics, social justice, ethics, and the relationship between a believer’s duties as a citizen of the state and as a follower of Jesus. Even with agreement on certain beliefs, there may still be a diversity of opinion on how exactly those beliefs should play out in the world and in our daily lives.

Here’s a perspective that hasn’t had much play in the media, courtesy of Trinity’s Portico. Enjoy!

An Open Letter to Rev. Franklin Graham from a “Small Church” Pastor

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7 thoughts on “An update on the diversity of Christendom

  1. the relationship between a believer’s duties as a citizen of the state and as a follower of Jesus

    That is the money quote. The focus and emphasis tends to shift from the former to the latter as personal politics diverge rightwards from the left wing.

  2. I can’t say I have ever experienced anything in this country that could reasonably be called a restriction on my religious liberty, much less persecution.

    Apparently he did not attend a US government school!

    But having to pay a judgment for refusing to bake a cake for a same sex couple in violation of the law against discrimination?

    Deliberate misstatement of the issue. The business has no problem baking regular cakes for this couple — they have done it before and would willingly do it again.

    There’s a letter in the Bible, written by the Apostle Peter (ever heard of him?).

    This sort of snide sarcasm exposes this charlatan as a showboating poser. The letter is plainly insincere.

    He said that if your enemy is hungry you should feed him (that’s in the Bible too). So wouldn’t it have been the Christian way to have baked a cake for the same sex couple in your example, even if you deem them enemies (another assertion I don’t quite understand)? I’m confused.

    Yes, he is clearly confused! Nobody goes hungry at a wedding. That is just a stupid argument.

    The freedom to lie with impunity?

    Here we go with the left-wing propaganda…. Somebody please cite a single confirmed lie. I will wait.

    The freedom to grab young girls by the genitals?

    Give me a break! Trump grabbed nobody by the genitals. Certainly not young girls. Is this guy so clueless that he cannot distinguish between fact and hyperbolic hypothesis?

    What was that about bearing false witness?

    Disgusting.

    The freedom to discriminate against people of color in the sale and rental of real estate?

    Again, what is with the baseless slander?

    The freedom to refer to women as “dogs,” “fat pigs,” and “ugly”?

    Name two women to whom Trump has attached such a label.

    The freedom to call your opponents “idiots,” “losers,” “liars” and “frauds”?

    What if they lie or defraud? Or lose?

    The freedom to slander people with accusations of criminal conduct based on absolutely no evidence?

    You mean like the statements above? Oh the irony!

    God doesn’t give a flying fruitcake if we deprive twenty-million people, most of them poor, of access to health care.

    Twenty million people were not deprived of healthcare.

    At the last judgment, Jesus doesn’t ask anyone about who they voted for, how many times they have been divorced, what their sexual history or orientation is or for whom they did or did not bake wedding cakes.

    “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

    “Now I say to you that whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another commits adultery.”

    “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”

    “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality … will inherit the kingdom of God.”

    “Do not be deceived”? Yeah.

    “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” — Galatians 5:19–21

    “For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.” — Ephesians 5:5

    His sole concern is for how we treated the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the imprisoned, those

    Garbage. Is it important? Sure! But there is no “sole” about it.

    If I were he, I’d be a little worried about such falsehoods. For “[o]utside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practises falsehood.”

      • As I said, there’s a vast range of positions on these issues.

        A difference in perspective is one thing. The misrepresentation of facts is another entirely! 😛

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