While many people are familiar with the birth story of Jesus, few of us recognize how religiously and politically subversive His birth narrative is. The birth accounts of Jesus undermine several core ideas in most religious and political worldviews.
People sometimes ask me why I believe in God. I used to say that belief in God is the only option that makes any sense. Now, however, I also add that belief in God is the only way that helps me understand and live this life.
My friend is in a bad relationship. When I tried to confront her about it, she said I sounded angry, bitter, and critical. But of course I was angry, bitter, and critical. Love demanded this from me! When we truly love someone, we get angry when they are not treated right. This is also how we can view the church…
In Matthew 16 when Peter confessed that Jesus was the Christ, through Peter understood that Jesus was the Christ, he did not understand what it meant for Jesus to be the Christ. The church has been making the same mistake ever since. The Messiah that Jesus rejected is often the Messiah the church proclaims. Peter was rebuked for wanting a Satanic Messiah, and the church has made the same mistake.
Since the church is the representative of Jesus on earth, Jesus is doing whatever the church does. So even though Jesus himself did not actually do what this article states, it is still shocking to think about how this money was spent.
Dying to Religion and Empire is going to ruffle some feathers as I not only challenge the practices of baptism and communion (die to your rites), but also raise questions about the legal rights of Christians to the freedom of speech, to bear arms, and to various other rights guaranteed by the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights.
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