Monday, November 17, 2014

File this under things you can't do while following Jesus

More specifically file it under things you can't repost while following Jesus without admitting you're an asshole and weren't paying attention at all when you read the gospels:

But Leslie, muslims are assholes!  They do bad things.  They beat their women to death and practice child marriage.    First of all, Christians do those things too, but putting that aside let's address a few things.  To put it the way the Book of Common Prayer does: 
Hear what our Lord Jesus saith: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and withall thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatcommandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shaltlove thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandmentshang all the Law and the Prophets.   Matthew 22:37-40
If you have  any doubt as to who your neighbor is, read that parable about the Good Samaritan.  It includes people you don't like.   If this isn't enough for you, check this bit out:
"Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt." Exodus 23:9
Xenophobia is a sin.  Treating people like shit because they have a different religion from you is a sin.  Moses and Christ agree on this point.   Throw a hissy fit about it all you want but stop trying to pretend hating your Muslim neighbor is okay with God.  It's not.   I'm not saying I don't struggle with this sometimes, I do.  It's easy to give into the temptation of vilifying the other, but that doesn't make it right.


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