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It's Not About Religion
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:16 PM

It's Not About Religion

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:16 PM
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:16 PM

Government ruled by religion is deadly. We need look no further than the Taliban.
 
Forced to live by religious rules and religious traditions. It is sad to say but we are seeing glimpses of this today in American politics.
 
The religious right if they were to have their way would have us all living not under Sharia Law, which they decry, but the "Christian" version of the same.
 
No man's religion is infallible and every man's religion is fallible, subjective and overbearing.
 
Jesus eschewed religion and the religious leaders of his day. He said new wine can't fit into old wineskins unless the skins break.
 
A new commandment he brought to old rigid religious practices wherein some were of the elect and others not. Love one another, Jesus said, as I have loved you.
 
Religious people don't really know the meaning of love. They love their rules and regulations and love enforcing them on others.
 
This is what we're seeing with dominionists, the alt-religious right and those seeking to impose their rigid and selective religiosity on Americans.
 
The founders well understood the danger of the imposition of religion in and on government.
 
When Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence the overriding concept was that government would derive its powers from the consent of the governed. Not through imposition of the church, religion or by some divine right to rule.
 
A major part of the chaos in American government today is that the religious right is, on one hand touting the Constitution and freedom, while with the other trying to heavy-handily browbeat the country into submission to their warped version of Christianity.
 
Sadly, many Christian leaders have jumped on this bandwagon, if not leading the parade.
 
The separation of church and state means what it means yet at the same time it is impossible for public servants to leave their beliefs at the door before entering the halls of government. Our beliefs and ideologies are part and parcel of who we all are.
 
Even atheists and agnostics govern out of their ideology. But government ruled by religion is dangerous. Government influenced by biblical principles is what we, as followers of Christ should be angling for.
 
Principles not power. The power is in the principles!
 
But instead, we have emerging and have emerged, religion. Religion forces power on people. Principles empower people.
 
Jesus told us to be wise as serpents but harmless as doves. To be like yeast that when added to dough quietly, but effectively changes the DNA of the whole loaf.
 
The religious right will never prevail. It can't if America is to hold true to what it was founded to be.

No man's religion is infallible and every man's religion is fallible, subjective and overbearing.

People will and with even more hostility, refuse to be ruled by religion. And well they and we all should.
 
Religion is subjective and selective. And depending upon whose doing the selecting if one is counted to be "worthy."
 
We're seeing that with the rise of Christian nationalism and evangelicalism that is more about winnng the next election than winning souls for the Kingdom.
 
Jesus counted us all to be worthy of dying for. Of reconciling us to the Father for -- and it had nothing to do with politics but everything to do with the Kingdom and life eternal.
 
We're not confused nor will we compromise truth for the sake of political expediency or acceptance. We're not that organization.
 
Christian in our name means Christlike in how we think, function and operate, with loving our neighbor as ourself top of mind. Not the next election, voting guides, or "taking back America."
 
If we want to take back anything, it would be what has been stolen by the religious --- the true meaning, mission and understanding of our faith that leads to the only thing that saves --- a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as we seek to impact our communities and cities in the most positive and winsome of ways.
 
Not through grandstanding religion that does nothing but foment more division and build higher silos.

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