[Rushtalk] Why Is Socialism Still Popular?

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Tue May 29 08:41:55 MDT 2018

/*Excellent reply, Dennis! Well done, sir!

/*          As far as Christians spending an hour per week in church, 
the Pittsburgh Diocese is having to undergo radial shrinking (180 
parishes down to about 75) because of falling attendance and a lack of 
priests. Meanwhile, all of the seminaries in the midwest are full to 
capacity. Something is definitely amiss here. Media plays a large part 
in this because Christianity is lampooned in current culture. */

On 5/29/2018 7:44 AM, Dennis Putnam wrote:
> 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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