Ok, so this isn't my first article about anything religious, but just my own view about the state of things today....
First a brief history....
I grew up as a pastor's kid. My dad was gay, but in the closet. I went to Christian High School and a Christian University... so I have had religion shoved down my throat!
My dad came out when I was in high school, and eventually I got so tired of everyone telling me that my dad was the same as an alcoholic, or my dad was a sinful terrible man, I just left. I still consider myself a spiritual person, and try every day to be accepting and tolerant of anyone and everyone that crosses my path. I think ironically that people like Ghandi and Mother Theresa demonstrated how to be a Christian more than any televangelist or pastor does today.
I still believe in God, Jesus and the grace I don't deserve. Will I ever push that on anyone? No.
My best friend since High School asked me a question about how I felt about the Bible story of the Prodigal Son. I asked what she meant about that. She responded with my feelings about the dad throwing a party for this looser of a son etc. I said "Well, he's family. He didn't deserve the party but who am I to judge? His dad was overjoyed he came back. I would do the same for my child if that happened."
I understood where she was going with this. For me, to be happy for the dad of the prodigal son, to be filled with love and compassion for the person who didn't deserve it is what Jesus is all about. Jesus isn't about condemnation or judgement. Christianity is all about entitlements... things we don't deserve.
So to turn around and be angry at people who survive with 'entitlement programs' is acting like a hypocrite. No one on this earth deserves anything. Yet, grace is given freely to us.
It is my sincerest belief, that if Jesus were alive today, he wouldn't be found in the mega churches as their "Guest Preacher" for the Sunday service, he wouldn't be on the 700 Club's TV special. He would be in the rehab clinics, prisons and AIDS clinics. He would be in the streets of India taking care of the people who are invisible. He would be in front of Congress lobbying to increase care for the sick, homeless and elderly. The very people that would condemn him are the ones that profess they are 'Doing God's work' on their political campaigns.
You can agree or disagree with me, that's fine. No worries. Like I stated above, this is my opinion only. It is a bit 'out there' and jumps from idea to idea, so forgive me! :) (no pun intended!)