2/13/17

Contemptible behavior



These Conservative Christians Are Opposed to Trump—and Suffering the Consequences

America’s divided political environment has made many religious organizations sensitive about what their employees say and do. “A lot of church leaders are wanting to play it especially safe and not wanting staff members to speak out,” Martin said. This impulse, to quiet political disagreements rather than engage them, will shape how these communities evolve: as places welcome to all who share their creed, or only those who hold certain political beliefs.

That's what you get when you mix your religion/theology with politics.

There is nothing of Christ in a church that caters not to "...all who share their creed ..." but only those who hold certain political beliefs.

81% of America's white 'Christian' evangelicals voted for Ol' Heel Spurs. Many of them believe that Trump has been anointed by God.

They are among the most mean-spirited people in America.

Mark 12:17 - Jesus said to them, “Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were utterly amazed at him.

I'll bet they were. Amazed, that is. Most people seem to think that this has to do with taxes levied by the empire.  Matthew Henry sees a wider canvas in his commentary on Mark 12:13-17:

The enemies of Christ would be thought desirous to know their duty, when really they hoped that which soever side he took of the question, they might find occasion to accuse him. Nothing is more likely to insnare the followers of Christ, than bringing them to meddle with disputes about worldly politics. Jesus avoided the snare, by referring to the submission they had already made as a nation; and all that heard him, marvelled at the great wisdom of his answer. Many will praise the words of a sermon, who will not be commanded by the doctrines of it.