Chamblee54

Blogswarm against Theocracy Easter 2008

Posted in Undogegorized by chamblee54 on March 21, 2008

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This is connected to the Easter blogswarm, about the notion that church and state ought to be separate.
The current drama involving Barack Obama and Jeremiah Wright is a good example of why this wall of separation is beneficial to both church and state.
Anything that makes a Presidential Candidate throw his grandmother under the bus to excuse the rantings of a preacher is not good.
Senator BHO has gone from being a closet radical Muslim to the open admirer of a lunatic. The warmonger crowd has replaced communists with Muslims in their hierarchy of enemies. Since communism has been described as a G-dless religion, this is not as much of a shift as you might imagine.
And, considering the weakness of his opponent for the Democratic nomination, BHO may be the nominee. If this happens, then the November election will be more about Religion than the guns and butter issues that are so important today.
Much angry rhetoric has surfaced lately. Speaking as someone who is profoundly alienated from Jesus, this noise is very discouraging.
I wonder if anyone is going to be “Saved” as a result of all this mess.
I also wonder who is looking out for Jesus. This squabbling does not speak well for him. While a separation of church and state is helpful for the state, it is essential for Jesus.


There is a story involving Jesus which might shed light on this subject.
One day, Jesus saw some moneylenders working in the temple. He caused a ruckus, said “This is my father’s house”, and evicted them from the premises.
The leaders of the day were not pleased. This is one of the reasons why the Roman soldiers felt they had to murder him.
Now, lets fast forward a couple of millennium, and move to a tawdry business in Atlanta GA. There is an employee of this business who insists on conducting a ministry on company time. It occurs to another employee that this is what Jesus was talking about…about the appropriate place for an activity.
The moneylenders in Jerusalem were conducting business in a place of worship. The employee in Atlanta was conducting worship in a place of business. Is one activity any worse than the other?
There is one difference to these scenarios. The moneylenders were not being paid to worship, but the employee was being paid to conduct business. He took this time and money, and devoted his energies to conducting a ministry. Some would say he was stealing from his employer.
Now, some might ask, what does this have to do with the separation of church and state? It is not much of a leap to go from conducting a ministry in a business, to bible thumping in government.
It is about conducting an activity in an appropriate place. It is about doing what you are paid to do, rather than what you want to do.

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  1. AlanP said, on March 24, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Well said! I would love for a CEO to have the courage to advocate such a policy. But religion gets WAY too much repect, and intrusion into the workplace is one more example. Somebody has to have the courage to stand up to it, but apparently nobody does.

    shalom,

    Alan

  2. mikel said, on September 2, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    good article


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