Why I’m Coming Out as a Christian – The Daily Beast

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/28/why-i-m-coming-out-as-a-christian.html

Was the purpose of Ana Marie’s “coming out” merely to defend the President from allegations of anti-Christianity? If it were indeed something more personal, then it drips of cynicism and self-loathing.

In my personal life, my faith is not something I struggle with or something I take particular pride in. It is just part of who I am.

Yes, the private Christian, public secularist. Such a unique story.

Tweeting out prayers and quotes from Scripture still feels subversive.

Scripture tends to have that effect on statism and secular utopianism.

No, I’m nervous to come out as a Christian because I worry I’m not good enough of one. I’m not scared that non-believers will make me feel an outcast. I’m scared that Christians will. 

Probably because you’re projecting your own judgmentalism on your fellow Christians.
Ever accused a conservative Christian of being judgmental?

Judge not, lest ye be judged?

Don’t lie! Jesus is listening.

The truth of this world’s impermanence also suggests that my anxiety about coming out as Christian has a perversely self-interested aspect.

No need for false humility. This “coming out” piece is saturated with self-interest.

It is true that I feel intimidated by a conservative culture that seems intent on creating boundaries around Christianity rather than open doors.

Those “boundaries” are actually the walls closing in on us, but you can’t see that when you’re standing on top of the wall with your guns drawn.

The image of Christianity and progressivism as a newly hip fusion genre—it’s fucking edgy, man—is a strong siren song.

Amen! The fusion of Christianity and progressivism is fucking edgy, manOr at least it was for those who were born in the late 1800s. Welcome to the party!
I presume the Wonkette’s next tactic will be to parade her Christianity to justify her continuing support for:

  • the mass murder of babies;
  • the government’s institutionalized theft of private wealth and property;
  • entitlement culture; and
  • the subjugation of faith-based businesses under her brand of government-approved Christianity.
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Why I’m Coming Out as a Christian – The Daily Beast

The Foolish, Historically Illiterate, Incredible Response to Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech — The Atlantic

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/02/the-foolish-historically-illiterate-incredible-response-to-obamas-prayer-breakfast-speech/385246/

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Is your blood is still boiling from the President’s insults at the National Prayer Breakfast last week?

John Hayward over at Breitbart.com perfectly emulates the Left’s apologists:

C’mon, folks, all he did was insinuate that you’re permanently guilty, for the rest of eternity, for what European knights did in the 13th century. He told you to get off your “high horse” and stop criticizing Islam’s violent tendencies, because who knows – you Christians could all come boiling out of your bake sales tomorrow and launch a new Crusade or something. What are you being so touchy about?

(http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/02/07/liberals-still-trying-to-save-obama-from-crusades-idiocy-after-jindal-slapdown/)

Here, The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates provides the perfect foil for deconstructing the Left’s moral equivalence between the Crusades and the Islamic State. Or, depending on your perspective, past Christian bigotry and radical Islam.

Christians need not assume the President is impugning Christianity as a whole or their individual practice of religion in order to take offense to his parallel to the Islamic State. His statements are offensive at face value, but the reason why can be difficult to articulate, as most value judgments are. I will attempt it here.

The false assumptions key to the anti-Christian narrative are:

  • Christians are “illiterate” about their Christian heritage; and
  • Christians have no rational basis to be offended because statements regarding past Christian bigotry are rooted in historical fact.

The fact that Christianity has been cited as justification for violence and bigotry by historical figures is not a secret to the modern world, least of all, modern Christians – the militant atheists make damn sure of that.

It is not remarkable that history is rife with bigots and murderous megalomaniacs who justify their crimes in the name of religion. All mainstream religions have their radicals, as does atheism, humanism, communism, environmentalism, feminism, etc. While true, such assertions are unenlightened and pedestrian. They serve no purpose other than to inflame passions, and they have no place in civil discussion.

In accusing Christians of illiteracy, the Left is projecting its own weakness.

Whether ironically or by deliberate deceit, the Left demonstrates its historical illiteracy by failing to recognize that Christianity is the only mainstream ideology to reform itself in accordance with doctrine rather than in spite of doctrine. The justification for reforming Christian radicalism and bigotry came from within Christianity.

Islam can’t claim that, nor can any other religion or secular ideology.

This deceit is painfully obvious to millions of Americans. The deceit is twofold:

  1. When the President coopts the reformative nature of Christianity to justify his moral equivocation of radical Islam and past Christian bigotry, he mutes the progress Christianity has uniquely contributed to humanity.
  2. Atrocities justified for the sake of Islam serve as a political pretext for the President to opportunistically accuse America of blanket racism justified for the sake of Christianity. The President and his minions do not habitually distinguish between past and present racism.

It is intellectually dishonest to raise the specter of past Christian bigotry and violence in order to muster the moral courage presently needed to combat radical Islam. President Obama reminds us that our Christian heritage undermines our moral justification for combating radical Islam, when in reality our Christian values are precisely the foundation for our outrage toward radical Islam. Even the American atheist shares those values.

Americans are desperate to believe that the President is empathetic to Christian values and wishes not to be controversial, but that is simply not evidenced by his rhetoric. It is an ideological blind spot of his leftism.

The Foolish, Historically Illiterate, Incredible Response to Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech — The Atlantic

Hippie Jesus

An agnostic friend of mine confessed that he rejects the biblical account of Jesus Christ, preferring instead the false choice of a “hippie Jesus” who doesn’t judge. Not surprisingly, his favorite account of Jesus is the gospel of Thomas, which isn’t included in the modern canon.

My agnostic friend professes to believe that Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection has automatically secured salvation for all nonbelievers as well as believers, rendering faith in the one true God unnecessary. Consequently, this liberal Jesus doesn’t condemn anyone to hell but instead promotes a peace-loving, can’t-we-all-just-get-along, love-conquers-all ministry.

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Unfortunately, the liberal Jesus my friend has described and wishes for is very different from Jesus as he is quoted in the Bible.

Consider whether a can’t-we-all-just-get-along Jesus ever would have said:

“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” (Luke 12:49-51)

Jesus certainly taught about his authority to judge and to condemn people to hell. A few examples, all in Jesus’ own words:

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)“For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.” (John 5:26-27)

“For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:20)

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matthew 7:21-23)

“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38)

“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8-9)

“But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’” (Luke 16:25-26)

I understand the temptation to imagine a hippie Jesus who preached only love and peace and tolerance and that everybody goes to heaven, but that’s simply not consistent with the documented evidence we have of Jesus.

Indeed, Jesus did die for all humanity, including the nonbelievers – see Romans 5:15-17.

As Paul taught the Ephesians, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

But as I pointed out above, Christ himself required the faith component, that “whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned…” Only grace through faith can produce salvation, not merely the gift of grace. 

Hippie Jesus