Raised by Wolves

“Blood in the house, blood in the street
The worst things in the world are justified by belief.”
U2

A 13 year old boy blows his ass up in a street full of wedding partiers in Turkey and 50 people are killed. 5-0. What. The. Fuck. It’s no longer news within 24 hours.

A major party presidential candidate wants to deport 11,000,000 people. How exactly he doesn’t say, presumably because saying he will herd them into boxcars and dump them South of the Border wouldn’t make for good headlines. Like Germany in the 1930’s, we don’t care about the details. We just want a strong leader.

A self proclaimed Christian Leader calls the candidate “Churchillian”. What. The. Fuck.

We really have been raised by wolves.

If someone asked me why I am a Christian I would have to answer truthfully: because it’s the best bad option. I would have to agree with Ghandi. “I like your Christ, but I don’t think much of your Christians.” Some folks have said that Jesus of Nazareth was not the first Christian. Looking at much of what we do now in his name, I think to myself, “Lord Jesus, I hope they are right. ”

Now, you may say, not without justification, that many of His followers do any number of great things. I stipulate that is correct. Hospitals. Orphanages. Peacemaking. Leper colonies. Countless acts of selflessness and love that don’t make headlines. None of which justifies the bad things, the evil things, also done.

An old preacher of my youth said once – and I paraphrase a little – walking into a church don’t make you a follower of Jesus anymore than walking into a barn makes you a mule.”

Maybe it’s time we stop building religious businesses and start investing in lives. Maybe the lives of children already born are worth protecting as much as those yet to leave the womb.

I am struck and humbled by the fact that the only people Jesus fought with were the religious leaders of his day. They called him a drunkard and friend of sinners. He hung out with people the respectable folks wouldn’t be caught dead with. They tried to trap him with religious proof texts and laws. Jesus would have none of it.

If anyone is serious about following Jesus then maybe it’s time to stop using the rest of the bible to explain away the things he said. That would be truly revolutionary.

About Life Along the Edge

In my 50's, I'm enough to remember the first Apollo landing. I'll eventually forget it, or worse, decide it was all a conspiracy done on a Hollywood sound stage. Most of the rest you need to know about me you can discern from my writing. Other important stuff: I have one wife and three daughters. I live in Arizona. I love seafood, being outdoors, and sex (especially outdoors). But, most importantly, I'm on a journey following Jesus. God leads, I do a shitty job following. He's patient with me. I pray you will be too. Grace and Peace, David
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2 Responses to Raised by Wolves

  1. Corrie says:

    Very persuasive because it is not antagonistic. I assume the candidate is Trump. What I don’t understand David is what does “Churchillian” mean and why would that be a bad thing? I was never good at history and although I have a deep interest in WWII it is mainly the pacific front and of course the Nazi’s…and our inadequacy to act. So if you could enlighten.
    Also ..I am of the same religious orientation too and I have found an excellent Pastor and congregation that practice what Jesus preaches.
    Who can Jesus be a Christian? He was a Jew, who died. Out of his death and maybe more specifically his rising…came Christianity.

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    • Corrie,
      Thanks for reading and commenting, the highest form of praise, indeed!

      By Churchillian Jerry Falwell, Jr. was referring to Winston Churchill’s visionary leadership. Churchill was one of the first to recognize the Nazis and Hitler for what they were. Churchill had a tough time convincing others that they intended to take over Europe and it wasn’t until after the Nazis invaded Poland that he was proven correct. There are those who see Trump in this light.

      The idea that Jesus wasn’t the “first Christian” is highly controversial, but based upon the idea that he set out – in human terms – to bring the Jewish people back to the Father and all Nations to the one true God, rather than start a new religion.

      Peace,
      DAvid

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