Don’t be frightened by the title. I’m only comparing the two, not damning them like I do most subjects.
Martin Luther. He pushed for religious reform. Why, you may ask? Because the Catholic church was corrupted, and the pope was not standing up for the values that the church was founded on(see, I’m not damning the catholic church). Under the guise of “morality” and “christianity” the figure-head of the catholic church(the pope, not a crucified Jesus) lived a life of immorality and greed. He defaced the values of the church and corrupted them to the point that the church was a powerful political entity that controlled life instead of the kind reflection of the body of christ that it was called to be. Martin Luther spoke out against this gross corruption, and through his influence, started the biggest reformation in history, and triggored the formation of protestantism.
How does this tie into liberalism, you may ask? well, to put it bluntly, Liberalism will be the downfall of democracy. America was founded on christian values. our democracy was founded on christian values. our success is a direct result of christian values. I think I can safely say that liberals don’t stand up for christian values.
1)Marriage is a reflection of the relationship between God and the church. God cannot stand sin. Homosexuality is a sin.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
If marriage is a reflection of God and the church… wouldn’t that mean that marriage should be pure as the relationship between God and the church is pure? It says in Romans 1 that men committed “indecent acts” with other men. let’s cut the crap, men were having sex with each other. They were being Homo. so basically God is saying in this passage that homosexuality is indecent and immoral… It’s a SIN. If I can’t lie, then you can’t be homosexual…. that was a bunny trail, the point is that marriage is a christian union between a man and a woman. You homosexuals out there want to be on a family insurence plan? call it something other then marriage…. MAKE it something other then marriage. because frankly, you calling it marriage is defacing the meaning and symbolism behind it. Marriage is a pure union between a man and a woman. It’s a reflection of God and his followers. God does not have a “unnatural and indecent” relationship with his church! NO FALSE FAIL! That makes me SO mad when people go around and say “oh look, we’re married! Oh I don’t like you anymore! I’m going to divorce you. Oh look! a person of the same sex as me! This person cares for me. Let’s desecrate the holy sacriment of marriage and have an immoral relationship and say it’s a reflection of God and the church!” PISSES ME OFF!!!!! Liberals are the ones who are pushing for Gay marriage. how can you be a sincere follower of christ and pro-gay marriage? If you have a sincere relationship with God and you’re okay with gay marriage, you have some sincere soul searching to do… and you don’t have christian values.
2)abortion. What’s that verse about before you were born God knew you? How he knitted you in your mother’s womb and made every detail perfect? Abortion is like spilling water all over a still wet masterpiece of a painting. What’s that verse about God knowing about every crow that falls out of the sky? Let’s put this together. 1.31 MILLION abortions in America in 2000. that is 1.13 million people that God knitted together and formed with love with a specific purpose in mind with absolute care with the love and affection of a master painter… and in a year 1.31 million of his masterpieces were smeared. If I were God, I would be pretty ticked… and I think the reason why a realist-borderline-cynic like myself cares, is because of God. Question? What kind of person who is actively pursuing a relationship with God would allow people to smear God’s masterpiece? A Liberal…. oh wait, If’ they’re letting this go on, they can’t be having a relationship with God. NO christian in their right mind would allow God to go through the pain of his handiwork being crushed.
3)seperation of church and state. This is the one that gets me the most. I’m a hardcore christian. as readers of my blog you can testify to this. I CAN’T relate anything in my life without pulling God into it SOMEHOW. GOD is usually the deciding factor in my decisions. I’m not bragging, I’m stating a fact. As a christian, my values are a reflection of my religion. That goes for every radical out there. Their values are a reflection of what they believe. I believe in God, so my values are a reflection of God. Yes, Liberals value equality and compassion, and peace… but they don’t put them in the right context.
Personally, I want my politicians to take the church into the state. I want their christian values in washington. Because a christian without their christian values is just an empty suit that votes “present” on every issue.
My nation was built on christian values. Read bigrafies on the founding fathers. They were all christians…. with the exception of Thomas Jefferson, who believed in God, but twisted the bible to say what he wanted it to say.(that’s a different story for a different time). Through these christian values, America became the greatest nation in the world.
Now, tying Liberalism and Catholocism together. In the 1700′s a wolf in sheep’s clothing(the pope) came under the guise of christianity and acted on values that weren’t stemming from the values the church was founded upon. Enter Martin Luther (XD). He was a radical christian that stood for radical christian values. Today Liberal Barack Obama, under the guise of christianity, is defying the values that America was founded on. let’s examine these two instances…
It is the mark of a mad man to try the same experiment twice and expect different results. You’re MAD to think that false christianity is going to work again. They tried it in Luther’s day. That “crazy racist radical conservative REDNECK” overthrew the whole system with his christian values.
To speak bluntly, the conservative christians of America are getting fed up with Barack Obama parading around as a “christian” and not having the values of a christian. Not only is he giving us christians a bad name, he’s trashing our country while he’s at it. To quote a mud slinging ad put out there by the democrat party “that’s not leadership you can trust”. saying one thing and having values that don’t match it is a form of LYING!!!! have I ever ranted on how much I hate liars? I HATE liars! Kind of Ironic that I would hate the one thing that I’m really good at… again, another story for another day.
Now, for all you Christian liberals out there. SCREW YOU! I don’t know what God you’re following, but it sure as heck ain’t the same one as mine!!!!
Now, on to more pleasant things for you to read… less pleasant things for me to write about. I’m currently going through a really… rough time. I have a miriad of emotions flying around in me right now… I put it all into my journal, I think I’ll just write that out for you to understand what I’m going through.
April 22 11:15 pm
I’m going to try to put how I feel in as few words as possible.
Pain: because my past was really hard.
Worry: Because it’ll never go away… and it’s lethal.
Regret: becasue one choice changed my life forever.
Envy: becasue everyone else is having a semingly happy life, but here I am living in hell.
Jealousy: because of the life that I could be leading without the issue.
Fear: becasue I don’t want it to come back, but it always does.
Anger: at myself and others for not stopping it sooner.
Unclean: becasue my innocence is gone. not sexual innocence, but the kind that blocks you from all the evil in the world. I feel like spoiled goods.. like no good christian man[with christian values] in their right mind would ever want me becasue I’m icky! I’m dirty, I’m rotten, I’m used goods! I’m not pure, I’m not godly!
Maybe that’s why it’s so hard for me to hang out with other christians. Becasue 1) they look down on me because I’m dirty[becasue of my past] 2) they’re all naiive[meaning they haven't lost the shield against evil like I have] and don’t understand how the big bad world works.
It all comes down to pain of loss…..
[to copy my favorite manga author] I’m so grateful. For all my family who are behind me 100%. For Anna, who tells me there’s hope. For Josh, who listens. FOr John, who doesn’t know what to say to me, but is always willing to help me find hope, and lends me his muscles. For Tim, who tells me that I can be free and that I don’t have to think on the past with sorrow becasue I”m not a slave any more. And thanks to the rest of the fam for pretending nothing happened and giving me a touch of normalcy. I love them….
Yeah… I’m going through a hard time. And it’s all kind of been triggored by a certain friend of mine that I haven’t quite forgiven entirely yet… prolly because he doesn’t realize how big an effect this is having on my psyche.
Just so you know, I may be a teenage girl that thinks about things that normal teenagers don’t think about, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m a teenager. I suffer from the same kinds of drama as other teens do… I just don’t make a big deal about it… unless it makes me sob twice in a month… hence the big deal about this recent drama.
Now that I’ve officially reached a rediculously long post that none of you will actually reach the end of… I shall sign off.
Pain…. Confusion… Grace
Oh honey. I know you won’t believe me, but I understand where you are at and what you are dealing with. I know you don’t want my opinion, so I won’t give it to you – I’ll give you the opinion of people much smarter than me: Pastor Jason and God.
There are a lot of things that have happened in my life the last year that you don’t know about – that very, very few people know anything about. Pastor Jason and I were talking shortly before Easter about God’s desire for us to walk in obedience and forgiveness. Jason told me that forgiveness is a decision, not a feeling. While I work through things and “try to forgive” people in my life I defend myself with the excuse that “forgiveness is a process”. Jason says “false – forgiveness is a choice.” You have to DECIDE to forgive this “friend” of yours. You also have to decide to forgive yourself for this thing in your past that has such a grip on you. It is allowing satan to feed you lies and in Christ you hvae the power to defeat those lies. The enemy can say no truth – there is no truth in him. Jason says even after you have decided to forgive someone you may still feel certain things when you see them – hurt, anger, disappointment, tension – but that those feelings don’t mean you haven’t forgiven that person. It is a choice, a conscience effort to release them – and yourself – from what happened. The walking it out, not the forgiveness, is the process. You have let this thing from your past completely rule your life. It is time to step up and chase the Hope Anna tells you about and John tries to help you find, it’s time to embrace the freedom Tim reminds you of, and walk in the abundant life that Jesus came to give you.
“I praise You because [Grace is] fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (psalm 139:14)
“Therefore, [because Grace] is in Christ, he is a new creation; THE OLD HAS GONE, THE NEW HAS COME!” (2 corinthians 5:17)
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (luke 6:37)
“Therefore [Grace], I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.” (acts 13:38)
“Even though [Grace] walks through the valley of the shaow of death [she] shall fear no evil for You are with [her], Your rod and Your staff, they comfort [her].” (psalm 23:4)
“For God so LOVED [Grace Menter] that He gave His ONE AND ONLY SON that [because she] believes in Him [she] will not perish but have everlasting life.” (john 3:16)
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (john 16:33)
I could go on. =) God loves you, Grace. He sees your heart. He knows your pain, your fear, your insecurity, your short-comings, your failures and your successes. He knows every little detail of your life – and He would STILL die for just you. I know you know all of this in your head, but let it seep into your soul. Accept the forgiveness God is offering to you and walk in that freedom. Forgiveness really is an amazing thing!
I’m here if you want to talk.
I love you, always. I really mean that.
btw- I read the whole thing.
God doesn’t promise Christians an easy life in this world, but he does promise a perfect one in the next. As Cassandra’s verses point out God has gone the furthest lengths beyond imagination into the depths of Hell to rescue us. I have to disagree with Jason’s comments though that forgiveness isn’t our decision but God’s. We only can love others because God first loved us and it is only because of God’s love that there is any love in humans at all. The devil is very good about manipulating mankind’s understanding of love into other things such as homosexuality and other social problems, but the Holy Spirit gives us faith to continue trusting in God’s power to love us perfectly regardless of Satan and the world’s attempts to deceive us. Christ is preparing mansions for us in heaven not on this Earth so we shouldn’t think that anything we do here will obtain greatness for ourselves or our country here. Hang in there Grace.
Matt, I think you misunderstood. I agree with you that we are only able to love (and forgive) because Christ has loved (and forgiven) us – Pastor Jason would agree with that as well. It is a choice though; just because we have the ABILITY to love and forgive doesn’t mean we always WALK in those abilities. Yes, God has made it possible for us to forgive, but because He also gave us free will and emotions we have to consciously CHOOSE to do the right thing. You don’t teach a kid how to hit – you teach a kid how NOT to hit, because hitting is already in our nature. Just like unforgiveness is in our nature so we have to be taught how (and then choose) to forgive. =)
*correction to previous posts*
Jason says forgiveness is a command, not a choice, but it is a decision. It isn’t a matter of choosing “to forgive or not to forgive” – Jesus has commanded us to forgive.
“Forgive and you will be forgiven.”
Command? Yes. Decision? Yes. Choice? No.
According to Pastor Jason. =)
thanks for all the input. I’m really grateful for all the advice. though I would like to know 1)why Jason’s opinion is in front of God’s opinion and 2)why Jason’s opinion is even there if God’s opinion is there. aren’t they practically the same thing?
You’ll all be happy to know that the forgiveness journey was already conquered before I even wrote this post….
1) There wasn’t any particular reason they were in that order, except maybe going from wise to wiser.
2) Jason’s opinion is there because it was really fresh in my mind and the way he said things really made me think. I thought it might help, because it was relative to the post. God’s opinion is obviously the only one that matters, but Jason’s helped me to clarify God’s opinion on some things. That’s all =)
Love you, kiddo!