Skip to comments.If Only Our Christian Leaders Had The Fiery Devotion Of The Protesters
Posted on 06/12/2020 7:46:42 AM PDT by Kaslin
Christian leaders who were quick to break social distancing guidelines to stand with Black Lives Matter protesters appear loathe to fight back against the ban on church services.
American Christians saw something these past two weeks we’re not used to: People standing for their beliefs in the face of coronavirus.
In cities and towns nationwide, millions crowded streets and parks, marching, singing and for some after dark, rioting. Many had been sheltered in place for nearly three months, carefully avoiding their neighbors, watching Netflix, wearing pajamas, and when outside, fleeing into busy streets for fear of unmasked joggers.
But this — this was something they could get behind. It was too important not to. The collapse of the economy, sacrifice of small business owners, suspension of free assembly, delay of elections, censorship of scientific dissent, and strong-armed banning of public worship were necessary for public health, and those who conscientiously objected were murderously evil. Protesting for social justice alone, we’ve learned, maintained the status of an enshrined American right.
And the people in the streets weren’t alone. On Monday, the archbishop of Washington, D.C. called the city’s clergy and the Knights of Columbus to join him in Lafayette Park, the home of the White House and the historic Christian church that rioters set on fire the week before. “Clergy and religious,” his letter reads, “please wear cassock, habit or black clericals.” The participation of the Catholic Church would be bold.
God-fearing laymen, women, and clergy joined him, some making beautiful points and showing a happy religious presence in the public square. Much of what was ordered was made good.
Of course, it didn’t actually take much courage to be there: Almost the entire city is politically aligned with the protests. But more to the point, the mayor has made clear she stands with protesters against the president, and would do anything in her power to protect the kind of mass gatherings she had cracked down on just days before.
A number of mayors and governors across the country have genuflected before the sacred American right to protest, with some of the harshest enforcers of mandatory lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders, like Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmore and New Jersey’s Phil Murphy, joining in the festivities. The last failed Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney, joined marchers as well.
Corporate media, long a stronghold of secular, liberal values, and since March a shrill and accusatory voice against shutdown restraint, applauded it all.
As Sunday’s sun set and the Feast of the Holy Trinity drew to a close, however, public Mass, along with other Christian worship services in the capital, remained forbidden. As another Sunday approaches, there is no sign to expect any change in this. In the face of “the scientific consensus,” Christians, who have fought wars including the American Revolution to enshrine our right to worship how we see fit have acquiesced over and over again to the demands of civil authorities who are openly hostile to our beliefs.
Christian leaders who were quick to break social distancing guidelines to stand with Black Lives Matter protesters appear loathe to fight back against the ban on church services. The Sacraments — a necessity for salvation; gifts from God administered by his church — take a back seat to popular social justice. And while it is a sacred duty of Christians to fight for peace, truth, and justice, and to pray for the souls of the departed, it is also true that we must fight for our bedrock beliefs when it isn’t easy — when our secular leaders and their allies in the media are against us. Taking the unpopular line is a constant demand today just as it was at the beginning.
But for the faithful, the ease with which the protests went off is beside the point. While the civil authorities sanctioned these actions and they were popular with the media, is there much doubt the true believers would have gathered regardless? Had the mayor said you cannot protest the murder of George Floyd until coronavirus was over, would people have stayed home? Had CNN accused them of putting the country in danger, would they have listened?
It’s clear they would not have. While a number of those joining the protests were there because it was easy and popular, a good deal have a zealous commitment to their movement — and are willing to stand for it, to fight for it, and to take great risks for it. They are on fire with the righteousness of their cause.
As a faithful sinner, I find myself wishing our leaders had the same fire. But as I and my neighbors remain barred from the Holy Eucharist by our mayor, I fear that they do not.
40% of kids in the US are born out of wedlock. 70% in the African American community. The church says nothing about sin.
I think some preachers or priests are there to please their audience, which is women, and not God. This protest is feminist. There is like a weird entente between the women and the rapist nature of these protests, like a rooting for the winner without discernment of the consequences of ending up with its misery.
The feminization of everything hasn’t bypassed religion, and most Christian denominations have felt its consequences. To discuss sin is just not nice, too truthful, too masculine. so preachers and pastors are tweaking their “messages” to appeal to the emotional, feminine side of their flocks. Naturally those flocks are shrinking. Meanwhile Islam, the boys’ own religion, flourishes.
My friend who's lived in Texas most of her life said that black ministers could rail and rant about stealing, killing, blaspheming and so on but CRITICIZE those teenagers have babies out of wedlock? That black pastor would be booted from his pulpit in MINUTES.
Apparently SOME sins are hokey-dokey. Our government ENABLES these females by paying them $MORE$ for each baby.
If THAT welfare were stopped those females would be on birth control faster than a cat could lick her ear.
Catholic priests preach on the reading of the day.
There are different readings EVERY SINGLE DAY of the year for three straight years. Then the cycle repeats itself.
Over those three years all or most of the Old and New Testament is covered.
I call it the NANNY STATE.
These 40-something women are CONSTANTLY telling us how to live, behave, eat, sleep and dress. They do it with such a "know-it-all" attitude. SOME even smile throughout the lecture. There is one who GRINS throughout the announcements and I REALLY want to punch her in the nose.
MEN used to dominate the radio and television and it wasn't coincidence. MALE voices sound better on the air.
Women's voices DON'T sound better unless they happen to have deeper voices Those women that do ARE successful on the air.
These "nanny-state" women make me nauseous. I just want to PUNCH'EM in the nose...and I'm a peaceable WOMAN most of the time.
You and me both, sister! And you’re exactly right about the female voice. When I was a girl there weren’t many women on TV news shows, but the few there were spoke calmly, and sounded like mature adults. Nowadays I don’t have a TV, but I do enjoy the radio; I even listen to NPR, esp. for their international coverage. Naturally there are oodles of females in their lineup, but they sound nothing like the newswomen of old. They sound like a bunch of empty-headed, up-talking junior high grrrrrls, “vocal fry” and all. It’s hard to take them seriously. (I read once that Margaret Thatcher took lessons from a vocal coach early in her career in order to sound more serious, less like a screeching housewife.) And many of the men on NPR sound stereotypically gay.
Christians like to turn the other cheek.
Daniel 12:1 "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was..."
The word "trouble" was translated from the following Hebrew word:
Tightness (that is, figuratively trouble); transitively a female rival: - adversary, adversity, affliction, anguish, distress, tribulation, trouble.
I played slow pitch softball when my husband and I went to Saudi Arabia. The company, ARAMCO, [now Saudi ARAMCO] had to do things to keep us women busy...or there would be trouble.
So the camp had slow pitch softball. The women from the South were outstanding players and they won most of the time.
Well there was a team of British women...hopeless, and I played on their team. We had a couple of American "good ole boys" as our coach. It was NOT easy for them to teach those Brit women how to play.
I was the shortstop so that should tell you how BAD the rest were.
Well, one inning there was a woman at first and second. The hitter ROLLED a softie to me. I picked up ball, tagged the woman running to third [I didn't have to move an inch.] and LOBBED the ball to the second baseman. DOUBLE PLAY!!
Our two coaches went BERZERK with joy....a DOUBLE PLAY!
The team I played on was THATCHER'S CATCHERS!
We lost the game but I do remember that MEMORABLE DP: 6-4. I still remember it as if it were yesterday.
Huzzah for Maggie Thatcher.
There is a T.V. program on called "Questions for the Prime Minister." Occasionally I "catch" it.
Yeah, the Brits are mostly hopeless at American sports like baseball and basketball. But nobody can hold a candle to them when it comes to cricket and kerb-crawling! Well, maybe the Pakistanis . . .
But first; we have to have Christian leaders!!!
Well; the BOOK they use still does!!
20. Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous
21. that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know."
4. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom--both young and old--surrounded the house.
5. They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."
6. Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him
7. and said, "No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing.
18:22 Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.
20:13 If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
Isaiah 3:9 The look on their faces testifies against them;
they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it.
Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.
2 Peter 2:13b Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight.
They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.
49. "`Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.
50. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.
1. But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves.
2. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.
3. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
4. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment;
5. if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;
6. if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;
7. and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men
8. (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)--
9. if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.
10. This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings;
11. yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord.
12. But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.
13. They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.
But there IS hope!!!
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
9. Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:
Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders
10. nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
11. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
If you could NOT change, you would be in most pitiful shape...
After the FIRST one; either tie the tubes or all the other little bastards are on you!
Part of the problem stems back to LBJ’s law requiring tax-exempt organizations from being involved in politics.
Social engineering has already been tried. Hitler did it and eventually failed.
A smaller but also offensive part of his extermination plan was to kill as many Roman Catholic priests as possible. They disapproved of his plans.
Let the females continue to breed but give them NO MONEY for any babies born after the first one. THAT would do the trick more than anything else.
Most sensitive spot on any human: wallet
I agree. There are a lot of churches that don’t address the Bible’s teaching about homosexuality. There are even more that don’t address having children out of wedlock.
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