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Does Heralding Get You Into Heaven? ; True Christianity and Charity
Does Heralding Get You Into Heaven? ; True Christianity and Charity
So often the very people who claim to be Christians are the people who are serving their communities the least. It is as if the mere claim of Christianity excuses all of their contemptuous self serving behavior in the name of Jesus Christ. More wars and malicious deeds have been committed in the name of the Savior than in any other deity on Earth. Even with the history of Islam and Judaism, Christianity by far commits more atrocities than any other religion and perhaps all of the religions combined.
A very good test of true Christianity is to record how many times a person references Jesus Christ versus how many Christian deeds they perform each day. Because my observation is the more a person claims to be a Christian the less Christian they actually are in society. They feel that their heralding excuses them from duty to love their brothers and sisters as their faith gives them a moral superiority.
Real World Application
By taking this simple test of measuring Christian’s observable love for their brother and sisters regardless of domination, it illuminates light in many dark areas of the world. This test can be applied to any religious group. So let’s begin with the very simple task of reviewing all the political candidates for 2012. Do any of them perform more Christian deeds than they speak about Christianity?
The World of Politics
In my very humble opinion the only two candidates that have shown more love to their brothers and sisters regardless of their denomination or served more community service deeds than all the other candidates without over heralding to compensate for their lack of Christian faith has been Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. I understand that there are those that disagree with both Barack Obama’s faith and Mitt Romney’s faith. But the aforementioned two candidates have actually performed more charitable deeds than any of their competitors and have not had to herald as a compensatory mechanism. There is really no hypocrisy for either of these two candidates which is refreshing. And Michelle Bachmann who is a “conservative constitutionalist” who doesn’t know who the founding father’s are doesn’t understand the idea of separation of church and state. It is the First Amendment of the Constitution that she cloaks her candidacy in. Has Michelle Bachmann even read the constitution?
Mitt Romney and President Obama, but not Newt Gringrich, seem to have read the first Amendment of the Constitution. Every other potential in the field, especially deluded Michelle Bachmann, seem to have failed to recognize the First Amendment of the Constitution. Ms. Bachmann has said so many incredulous things and has an approval rating of 2% but she believes she will receive the GOP nomination even though she had muddle church and state powers habitually claiming to be a strict “constitutional conservative” and Jesus Christ told her to run for office? She can’t be too strict as she is mixing her religious belief with her politics. Quite frankly, this country needs another religious leader in the White House like we need another Debt ceiling collapse. Which is another gift sprung on the American people by Ms. Bachmann. I think Gringrich has poisoned his own political prospects by heralding conservative Christian values which represents a very small portion of the actual Republican Party. As a Republican it would seem as if the RNC is throwing this election to Barack Obama.
Isn’t it more charitable and Christian to let your love illustrate your faith then to constantly have to call attention to yourself to remind people? Hasn’t the world of politics grasped they can lead by positive example instead of making false claims to a deity to claim moral authority? Love can lead the way.
I think this is a huge strategically error on behalf to the RNC and one the old guard would have never made but it is yet another illustration that the pseudo-Republican party a.k.a evangelicals aren’t truly capable or ready to lead the Republican party let alone the nation. Faith interjected into a campaign cycle is poor strategy beyond winning the nomination. As Americans we do not have a higher moral authority then other countries nor do we own the franchise on decency. For those of you who have never lived outside of the USA, this will be almost impossible for you to grasp but there are good if not great people all over the world. They are sage and decent no matter what their political beliefs, religion, race, ethnic group, sexual orientation and even special need. It is only in America we are carved into this little cliché’s and divided amongst each other so badly. It is a mechanism of a very sick and weak government that must do this to it’s people in order to maintain power. And it is a very old trick dating back to Caesar and every other great warrior. Sadly the people of America face a war against them every single day by their government attempting to force them into conformity. In general this is not a very Christian thing to do to the American people.
The Priest, Preacher and Minister
We listen to them for an hour each week and they pass a plate and collect a great deal of money. Beyond the sermon how else is the preacher fulfilling his duties to live like Christ? If the answer is nothing to the best of your knowledge then your preacher is not a Christian.
This is especially true of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. When I ask them how they are serving Christ they tell me by witnessing. Witnessing in absence of being Christian doesn’t make a person Christian. Witnessing only requires love of one’s own religion and not of his/her fellow brothers and sisters. This is a very anti-christ behavior. And it is especially true when Jehovah’s witnesses target Catholic neighborhoods. I have personally preformed many conversions on my front door steps helping people free themselves from that particular organization. Heralding in of itself is not a Christian behavior because it is not loving your fellow brother and sister. Serving the poor, elderly, sick, disabled and the needy is very Christian. More emphasis on serving communities and less on collecting tithing is desperately needed in churches today.
Initially Churches were found not by the religious dogma that is consistent with Christianity but as a government. Churches are non official government entities that do not pay taxes. It is why the “Founding Fathers” wrote the first amendment. They wanted to limit the access of all churches in government in this country so our country didn’t suffer the religious wars which Europe endured. The Bible was written by the Greeks in order to give the common man guidelines to live by. Religion is a device of war. More importantly is that religion in of itself does not automatically mean a person has spirituality. In fact, many of the Sunday goers at Church are only Christian on Sunday. This is of course not true of all people but of many.
And you have to ask yourself this if you believe in God, do you think Heralding is enough to get you into heaven? Talk is cheap and meaningless when not supported by a history of Christian behavior including Christian love for their brothers and sisters of different faiths.
Fruits of Charity
In summary the merit of any religion lies not in the ability of the leader to sermonize but to organize Christian to love and to provide for their poor and suffering brothers and sisters. A Church is not a temple of God if no one gets the message to serve and love their brothers and sisters in need. It is simply a building for sinners seeking to find absolution. And if there is a God he would much more readily admit an atheist who denied his existence but loved his brothers and sisters into Heaven before a self serving heralding Christian who spoke more about their faith then providing comfort to others.
Because of the past decade in this country no moral authority can be claiming by the right wing evangelical party. I don’t believe either party can claim moral authority. I think it to be a terrible strategic mistake to attempt to disregard the first amendment, return to an old form of government which is church and claim to be a constitutional conservative for either party. It is complete non-sense. And just because a focus group liked it in a room somewhere doesn’t mean it should be expounded through the highest branches of our government. It shows a lack of discipline in being able to maintain one’s objectivity in order to run the country.
And finally heralding and attending church on Sunday doesn’t give anyone any comfort but the person heralding and attending church. True Christians live their faith, love their brothers and sisters and don’t have to talk about it. And the measure of the faithful is their love the have for their brothers and sisters for we will know they are Christians by their love not their words.
Do you think it is an error for the GOP niminee to claim he/she is a conservative christian constitutionalist when the first amendment cleary states there is a seperation between church and state powe
President and Faith
Do you ever vote for a presidential candidate baseds on his heralding?
How do you Measure a Christian?
Do you Measure a Christian by their heralding or their love and philantrophic work with their less fortunate brothers and sisters?
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