Sunday, May 03, 2009

WHO WOULD JESUS TORTURE?

Dang! I wish I had thought of that headline first. The always controversial Roger Ray has more to say on people's outrage, not that we as a people have tortured our enemies, but that Obama and Ray and many others have said something about it.

I think Ray is on to something when he says:

"We have taken the image of Jesus, covered it in gold and turned it into a silent idolatrous good luck charm to whom we pray when we go to war, buy a lottery ticket or take our seats to watch a ball game."


He goes on to say,

"We have created a church version of Jesus who says a pledge of allegiance to the flag of the USA, who hates taxes, blesses our businesses, tells employees to be happy to have a job whether they have health insurance or not and is going to come and take us to heaven so we don't have to worry about the environment or running out of oil."


I think many Americans have somehow melded their religion and their politics, transfering their belief system onto Jesus. Ray has a point. How have I done that? How have you? Thinking, challenging, contemplating, and even challenging our beliefs – our schema – is the best way to really figure this out. It won't work if we subscribe to the "I believe "x" so I have to believe "y" religious dogma.

Would Jesus waterboard his enemies? Would he support a government that did?

3 comments:

Busplunge said...

nice post

Chris said...

Jesus did not endorse any government, a concept I think many of His followers tend to ignore.

His remarks can be found in the New Testament when his disciples asked if they should still pay their taxes and he succinctly said "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, and unto God that which is God's."

That says it all, plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

“It needs but one foe to breed a war, and those who have not swords can still die upon them.”

Who said that truth?

Christ, the son of God, the same has shown that anger and violence are not sinful if applied with a righteous manner. Christ will bring the full wrath of God when the end days judgment must be opened. and He will be victorious and it will not be with a spirit of hate but of love to those who follow him.

Too many want Jesus to be a peacenick hippy freak.Let us see what he is capable of when those who persecute his church meet his judgment.