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12.03.2005    |    "Christian" lefties
Byron Borger, in a comment below takes great issue with my (apparent) lack of knowledge of these lefty "Christian" groups. Well, what he doesn't know, because I haven't stated it, is that I spent two years with the Quakers. I attended meeting every Sunday, and worked on the peace committee of my local and yearly meetings.

This was well before our liberation of Iraq, and, at the time, the national Friends' lobbies (FCNL and the American Friends Service Committee) were not only not against Saddam but very much in favor of ending all sanctions against him. Attempts to get them to see, and proclaim, that Saddam and his thugs were the problem were to no avail.

I know far too much about this extreme wing of "Christianity." After 9/11, Friends as a group seemed totally unwilling to know that militant Islam was still the enemy of Christianity. They see only us Americans as the problem.

Note the quotation marks around Christianity. Another thing that troubled me about the Friends was that Christ as Lord was essentially absent. Christ the Teacher, yes, especially in the form of the social gospel. And, conveniently ignoring all that nasty judging and need to walk the straight and narrow path to salvation.

Now, in the scheme of things, Friends, at least in America, may be to the left, but they tend to be to the right of groups such as the Christian Peacemaker Teams.

So, I left them, to join my wife's Baptist church. And, yes, Byron, I get very "mean spirited" when a group takes the Lord's name in vain. Which these lefties do.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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