christianity in america
I can hear Jesus say, "Seriously? You would begrudge LGBTQ people restoration to a flourishing life in the community, just to retain your own sense of personal rectitude?
God loves Muslims as much as Christians, LGBTQ people as much as straight folks, immigrants and refugees as much as US citizens, poor people as much as the rich. We should be exceedingly suspicious of any God who is more intellectually rigid than we are, who disapproves of all the same people we disapprove of.
Not only is Franklin Graham's penurious score-keeping of who's in and who's out a distortion of Christianity, it's a bastardization of what it means to be American.
Jesus was a young man with questionable religious ties, violently killed in the name of protecting the state against radical revolutionaries.
No matter your religious credentials, the test of your faith is not your doctrinal purity, but how you treat others -- especially those who are most vulnerable.
I'm dealing with Jesus right now, and I'm having a difficult time manipulating his words so that they come out approving of any policy enacted by the powerful that says to the powerless.
The whole thing gets a little muddy after you denounce "secular reparative therapy" and start laying out the alternative.
“I think black churches do a whole lot more than religion.”
Here's the thing, Franklin Graham isn't the voice of Christianity, let alone a stand in for the voice of God. In fact, much of the rest of Christianity has to work overtime because Franklin Graham invests so much energy saying things that make the rest of us who take God seriously shake our heads; which is why Franklin Graham is once again the worst thing to happen to God in a while
The ability of the Charlestonians and the affected family members to so readily forgive their perpetrator is not an indication of an apathetic people, nor does it signal the ease with which one is able to forgive. Rather, it is a manifestation of how strong their faith really is.