Posted: July 31, 2012 in abortion, Christian, christianity, church, evangelical, open theology, organized religion, presence of God, religion
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I’m a bible-totin’ xenophobic Christian. This guy’s a fundamentalist Muslim. He’s a cultish Mormon. Over there’s a Pagan. Atheists are running amok. Conservative. RINO. Liberal. Progressive. Fascist. Socialist. Neo-Con. Libertarian. Paul-bot. Abortionist. Homosexual activist. GLBT. Catholic. Protestant. Non-Denominational. Evangelical. Fundamentalist. Calvinist. Anabaptist. Heck, have you ever tried to count the number of Baptist conventions? Cubs/Sox. Bears/Packers. Cubs/ Brewers. Cubs/Cardinals (yes Cubs fans think everyone is against them). Go Blue! Go Irish! Go Buckeyes! On and on and on it goes, where it stops nobody knows. I think you’re picking up what I’m steppin’ in.
From our “judgement” – e.g. the ability we gleaned from eating that damned fruit, to see “right” from “wrong”; “good” from “evil” – comes the inevitable conclusion. Tribalism.
Welcome to A Tribe Called Us.
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So, I’ve been sitting on this one for a while and wanted to get your thoughts, dear reader.
I need to preface this with an auto-biographical story, to set the stage so to speak.
Several years back (truth in disclosure: I am a recovering rabid right wing conservative) I began feeling a disconnect between my core political beliefs and my core faith beliefs. Specifically, I would enter into discussions with people around political philosophies and would almost always end up in a verbal skirmish when they disagreed. I got to the point where I questioned – both privately and publicly – how any Christ follower could POSSIBLY vote Democratic simply because of their support for abortion and homosexual marriage. This rabidness, truth be told, cost me several friendships of rock solid believers who I offended with my myopia. Read the rest of this entry »
I am constantly aware of the number of people with whom I interact, and frequently I count myself in this group, who say “I am disconnected from God, right now.” Over the years, it has caused me to wonder why this God who loves me is absent so often. Those of you faster on the uptake than I, already know where this ends up. It finally landed that God is not distant. I am.
This morning, in my rare quiet time, this is what that “distant” God placed on my heart. Read the rest of this entry »