[Rushtalk] Why Is Socialism Still Popular?

Dennis Putnam dap1 at bellsouth.net
Tue May 29 05:44:33 MDT 2018

Perhaps you have a slight case of tunnel vision or using too wide a
brush. It is very hard for any Christian not be sucked into some of the
hatred, especially since a large part of it is directed at white, male
Christians. Weak as we are, there comes a point where hatred directed at
us becomes too much to bear so human nature is to redirect the resulting
anger back. This is one of our many flaws for which Jesus suffered on
our behalf. As you said we are not perfect vessels and some have major
cracks. But you are being somewhat hypocritical by condemning your
fellow Christians because of your own anecdotal observations. As with
humans in general there are good and poor members of the Christian faith
and the poor ones are those we should be helping, not condemning.
Indeed, even those that are only Christians for one hour per week in
church, do spend that hour. As the old saw goes, church is not a refuge
for saints but a hospital for sinners. We can only try our best to
follow Jesus' teachings and some are better than others at doing that.
None are perfect.

On 5/28/2018 4:24 PM, Stephen Frye wrote:
> Yu know, over the past decade or so, the only thing I have seen
> Christianity and Holy Scripture used for are weapons.  True
> Christianity, and the true meaning of the Holy writings live in our
> hearts, and should always be visible to others.  None among us will
> ever be perfect vessels or examples, but don’t we need to at least
> try?  Our country is so full of hatred right now.  Such is both
> saddening and sickening, and where will it end?  How many of us will
> rally to answer that questions with “as soon as somebody else does
> something”?
> I volunteer for an organization that gathers and distributes food for
> the needy.  Great.  But when spending more and more time with them, I
> believe a lot of them miss the boat, too.  So very much of what we
> witness in our day-to-day lives is nothing more than lip service to
> the true meaning of Christianity and Holy Scripture.  Other than  an
> hour a week in Church, how many of us, in our day-to-day lives, are
> recognizable as Christians – not by what we say we are, not by
> pointing fingers of condemnation of others, but by how we behave?  How
> many of us even begin to live up to “And they’ll know we are
> Christians …”.
> We pat ourselves on the back for going to church every Sunday, and for
> following Scripture and the teachings of Jesus, while we viciously
> attack and demonize any who aren’t totally in line with what we
> believe.  We can’t wait to climb up on our soap boxes so that we can
> tell everyone else how they should lead their lives, what they should
> believe, how they should act.
> Jesus’ life here on earth, and the message of Holy Scripture was never
> intended to be the vehicle of hatred and condemnation for which it is
> so used today.

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