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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Good News From Christianity: Thoughts for the Day and an Article on the Gun Control Debate

Two inspirational readings I picked up today while reading Sojourners on my email. Both are about how to help others ... and not to ... in this pivotal season that is so torn with strife.

But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practised, without neglecting the others.
- Luke 11:42 

I don't preach a social gospel; I preach the gospel, period. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is concerned for the whole person. When people were hungry, Jesus didn't say, 'Now is that political or social?' He said, 'I feed you.' Because the good news to a hungry person is bread. 
- Desmond Tutu

Let's add to that a challenging article by Rose Marie Berger in Sojourners:

One last thought, a question really: where are the outraged voices of all the sanctity of life pastors and priests who shrieked so loudly when asked to pay for birth control in their insurance policies if they take federal funds now that there have been massacres in a shopping mall and an elementary school? Are automatic and semi-automatic military style weapons (which are becoming the bread and butter guns of many manufacturers, or so I've heard) a lesser threat to the sanctity of life than birth control pills? Or, does the concern for life's sanctity end for these men and women of God once that life leaves the womb?(In case you're wondering, YES I'm angry.)

Go forward and do good. Let your actions speak loudly and raise your voice in what you believe is right and just.

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