Monday, June 06, 2011

Why Evangelicals Hate Jesus

This does a nice job of explaining our local crop of fundamentalist Old Testament Christians. Maybe they miss the old abusive, pre-anger management, God? Maybe they resent all this mercy and compassion and forgiveness Jesus kept on about.


Why Evangelicals Hate Jesus « religiousintelligence.com

This article was co-authored by Dan Cady is an assistant professor of history at California State University, Fresno. He publishes on the history of the American West, music, and religion.
The results from a recent poll published by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (http://www.pewforum.org/Politics-and-Elections/Tea-Party-and-Religion.aspx) reveal what social scientists have known for a long time: White Evangelical Christians are the group least likely to support politicians or policies that reflect the actual teachings of Jesus. It is perhaps one of the strangest, most dumb-founding ironies in contemporary American culture. Evangelical Christians, who most fiercely proclaim to have a personal relationship with Christ, who most confidently declare their belief that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, who go to church on a regular basis, pray daily, listen to Christian music, and place God and His Only Begotten Son at the center of their lives, are simultaneously the very people most likely to reject his teachings and despise his radical message.

3 comments:

Kevin Scheunemann said...

Tea Party supporters are againt abortion and same sex marriage---why are you surprised?

Christ does forgive, but you cannot strengthen your faith in Christ by willfully continuing the sin.

You can be forgiven for homosexuality, but you will weaken your faith in Christ by continuing the sin.

Christ can forgive the abortion, but intending to continue the sinful behavior is not a sign of repentence.

1 Thessalonians 5:12 indicates it is the duty of every church member, as well as of the ministers of the gospel, affectionately to admonish those whom they know to be living contrary to the requirements of the gospel.

If the Tea Party supporters are doing this, they may be living up to Christ's New Testament instruction.

Where are you? Last I checked, you were "just dandy" with killing unborn children and advocating same sex marriage.

Should I pray for you?

DanBack said...

Kevin,

Why is homosexuality the only "sin" you single out as making a person ineligible to marry? Gluttony is a sin, right? The one picture of you online makes you (or at least your face) look pretty fat. Can we please stop all the fatties out there from getting married? It really does ruin the sanctity of the marriages between people who can exercise self-control and only have one Dilly Bar at a sitting. God surely did not intend for fat people to get married.

Can I continue to "affectionately admonish" you on a daily basis for "living contrary to the requirements of the Gospel" by calling you a fatty and taking away your right to get married?

Or should I just pray for you?

Kevin Scheunemann said...

Dan,

Ouch.

I was going by the survey issues in the so-called poll.

Dilly bars are not my vice. Carbonated beverages are. Does it rise to level of "gluttony"? Probably not in the sense I picture "gluttony".

I have lost about 10lbs. from that picture. I probably could lose 15more lbs. Do you want to be my free personal trainer?

You did not miss the underlying point, which I am very impressed by. Christ's New Testament instruction includes admonishing those living contrary to the gospel. And you are correct, homosexuality and abortion are not the only sins. The survey of the Tea Party members were limited in the issues and questions that were asked.

I don't think Prof. Peterson took that into account with his blog headline. Admonishment of sin (by opposing that sin in a political position) is not hatred of Christ. It is possible those specific Tea Party activists surveyed are trying to live up to Christ's New Testament instruction.