Monday, October 08, 2012

join the protest

Why do we not protest outside of seafood establishments? Why do we not excommunicate parishioners who dare to bring a shrimp ring to a church get together? After all, the Bible is pretty clear about seafood, and if we say we believe the Bible is the truth....

Obviously, we make choices about what parts are important and what parts aren't, what passages still apply to us and what passages don't.

So if we're choosing anyway, what stops us from choosing love?

Read another post about "why not choose love instead of hate."

1 comment:

  1. Is this a case of "you ignore the book of Acts and I'll ignore the rest of the new testament"?

    Okay, one of the weird situations of a democracy and being a Christian is that we can be put in the position of being called to love someone, but actively working to within the law-making system to outlaw the activity that they have chosen to define their life. Can these two be reconciled? I'm not sure of the answer.

    To what extent can we seek to have laws that most reflect our beliefs, and how do we reconcile that with people that live otherwise? There was a time that Europe was 'Christian' at least in name and quasi-legislative. Yes, many used that as a way to seek and gain power, but there were some that used it righteously. We've since agreed that the should be freedom of religion and that is also good. We think people should have freedom of speech (with certain limitations), and that is good. There are times that we even sanction or support different religions and the declaration of different ideas. But we certainly don't sanction or support all equally, and the general consensus is that there are some ideas that are more worthwhile than others. For example, while the KKK has the right to declare their opinions, they are routinely criticized by both public and private individuals. The government even publishes material that states we are all equal regardless of color or race or....