As reported this week in the “Christian Science Monitor,” “Pray for President Obama, Psalm 109, verse eight.” What‘s psalm 109 version eight? Well, it reads, “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.” Let his days be few. It‘s followed immediately by another verse, “Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.”Whatever happened to the version of Christianity taught by Christ and his beautiful "Sermon on the Mount," where he taught that we should feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and minister to the sick?
And don‘t forget, that sentiment is now being merchandised on bumper stickers, on mouse pads, on Teddy Bears on aprons, framed tiles—those are nice. Keepsake boxes, t-shirts? “Let his days be few”—cute on a Teddy Bear.
He talked of being merciful.... Praying and hoping for someone to be assassinated probably doesn't fall into this category.... and blessed the peacemakers.
JC didn't say to clap and cheer the invasion of Muslim countries nor to petition and threaten Congress to invade and decimate Iran.
That kinda of preaching must be for wussies these days, as the Christian red meat eaters, mostly Evangelicals and Pentecostals, are too busy praying for a nuclear Armageddon so JC can descend from heaven on a radioactive cloud made up of the vaporized corpses of billions.
Or they spend their time worshipping Israel.
These days, America has several gods.
The God of Wall Street, Mammonism.
The God of Israel, Zionism.
And the God of Death and Destruction, the Pentagon.
And thou shalt worship these till the end of days.... which might be soon, if those religious nut cases get their way.
For the record, I do not consider myself a Christian, although I was baptized and raised Catholic. After my tour of duty with the 82nd Airborne, I attended a local Pentecostal church for awhile and was amazed at the amout of money the flock donated to the church.
Some of the poorest people in that county attended that church and must of sacrificed greatly to donate that kind of money.
But you never heard where the money went or what charitable cause it helped. One day, I asked the preacher what happens to that money, since the church--formely owned by the Methodists--was bought outright with cash and paid for.
The preacher's face turned red and he pointed an accusing finger at me and said, "It's not up to you to question what God does with his money."
I turned around, walked out and said goodbye to religion.
IMO, organized religion has created way more problems than its solved over the centuries.
A person should try to improve themselves each and everyday, but do you really need to pay 'fixer' money to a 3rd party to accomplish that goal?