"But whether you use conservative or liberal theological language, the central issue of our faith â€“ as I see it â€“ is finding a passion for the life and teachings of Christ and giving yourself to Him. Becoming a disciple, as we say, and by that I mean trying to live a Christ-like life. The details of your theology are far less important than that commitment." (>>)
"some days i question whether God is paying attention to me. is he even watching? listening? why isn't he answering? some days i want to shake my fist at the sky, demanding response. some days i actually do. and then some days, apathy overtakes any passion, any motivation, any indignance that might propel me into motion: why bother? no one is noticing, anyway. and then i remember things like this and reread them and think, man, have i still got a long way to go. one of these days i'll get the hang of this, i suppose. until then, i guess i'll stumble along in grace." (>>)
"We have heard of saints and rumors of saints, but the flesh-and-blood saints we know fall short of the ideal. Only in the pages of the Bible do we meet the poor in spirit, the peacemakers, those who turn the other cheek and those who love neighbors as themselves. These mystical human qualities exist on paper, like Zeno's points, but in real life they are rare and sporadic.
"The paradox of the gospel is difficult to work out. Christ tells us that we are to be the salt of the earth and children of the light, but we will never truly be those things. We are, at best, noble savages, with our feet mired in the dust and the clay out of which we were created." (>>)
"There's something unsettling in the clerk eyes, a sadness slowly evolving into meanness." (>>)
"As we live with people daily, all the anger, hatred, jealousies and fear of others, also the need to dominate, to run away or to hide, seem to rise up … While we are alone, we could believe we loved everyone. Now that we are with others, living with them all the time, we realize how incapable we are of loving, how much we deny to others, how closed in on ourselves we are" (>>)
"Evangelical Christians talk about life transformation by the grace of God. At the same time, millions of people have tried what evangelicals have recommended- conversion, church, prayer, Bible reading, deliverance, worship, discipleship, Christian events, retreats, music and on and on- and remained the same. Unchanged." (>>)
I got this in the mail yesterday.
And it royally pissed me off.
It's like one of those juvenile liberal satires of conservatism, only it's actually coming from the conservatives. So, the party of illegal wiretapping, torture and secret trials wants to inform me that our freedom is at stake? Well no fucking shit, Sherlock. Oh my, terrorists are "plotting their next step," "the liberal left is attacking the foundation of family" and "the tax-and-spend Democrats are coming for more of our paychecks." Yeah, it's 1775 and the Republicans are our revolutionary heroes, riding through the night to warn us of impending attack.
And even more sleazy and base than the melodramatic demonizing of liberals is the way they're cynically exploiting religion to serve their lust for power. For fuck's sake, you can't claim to be supporting religious values while you lie and manipulate.
(And please, before you go off about how the Democrats are just as bad (or, almost just as bad), I know that. But they aren't the ones who sent this to me; the Republicans are and I wanted to hold them specifically responsible for it.)