earthside (1000+ posts) Sat Sep-06-08 10:05 AM
Response to Reply #7
15. Followers of Jesus: Reclaim Your Name
Let's face it, the term 'Chrisitian' in the U.S. has been totally appropriated by the Republican religious right-wing. My challenge to those who are genuine followers of Jesus' teachings, ie., 'liberal' Christians, is to get aggressive and reclaim the label 'Christian' for yourselves, too.
It would be great to see some real push-back from 'liberal' pastors and theologians for a change.
I also have to agree with the observation that the fundamentalist Christains ought to be called "Paulists" or maybe even Old Testament Christians.
I often tune into a conservative Christian radio station just to hear what they are talking about. I'd say in the past nine or ten months I have yet to hear one of these radio ministries preach from Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. The text for their message is always from the Old Testament of from the Epistles.
The reason is, of course, is that except for Jesus death and alleged resurrection, they hate what Jesus had to say! Jesus WAS a liberal! Hell, he was a "community organizer"!
So, I don't even call these people Christians anymore, because what they really are is Republicans; their whole theology is political, whether they realize it or not.
As for me, I gave up the fight over 'Jesus versus Christian' when I realized that the liberal words of Jesus were what Buddhism was all about -- for my personal beliefs, the peace of mind was more important than the fight.