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I see 2 patterns in the life of Jesus. He has a relational dinner with Nicodemus. No record of condemnation or rude conversation but Nicodemus still repents. And we have the encounter with the adulterous woman, where He says that "neither do I condemn you but go and stop sinning". In contrast we have Jesus condemning a whole class of people, the Pharisees and money changers in the temple. His actions and words are very caustic and rude. "den of thieves", "white washed tombs", etc. Was that "hate speech"? It does seem that Jesus has harsher words for religious leaders than other sins.
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Peace can be achieved easily across the world by capitulating to every leader who can muster the requisite forces to enforce cooperation. Freedom is much harder. Since there will ALWAYS be those type of leaders, force and absense of peace is the price we pay for that freedom. Obama inspires me not. That same appeasement and capitulation has been tried repeatedly and has only resulted in greater death and destruction. These same despots flaunt and ignore all UN attempts to negotiate peace, i.e. Saddam and Achmenijad. It was the threat of force that broke the back of the Soviet might not appeasement or capitulation. Where was the award for Reagan? Obama inspires me not. Europe has chronically been so naive on this topic that we have always had to defend them from their childish ways. Let's remember history and the human character.
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Thank you DJ. I believe that in every human endeavor you will find a bell curve where 85% of the participants can be found distributed around the middle and others can actually be found as "outliers", that percentage out on the tails. This blog and other thoughtful discourses and dialog about public policy would likely be found on the tails. The vast 85% of Americans including Christians, as Walter Lippman put it back in the 20s, are completely ignorant of the larger issues. So it can't come as any surprise that the central distribution of Christians, in their ignorance, don't understand the implications of legislating their agenda. Here is where I depart, though, from nearly everyone. If you resort to legislation then you have admitted the failure of persuasion in the current timeline. (That is we have become impatient or have been manipulated into the belief that the matter is so urgent that we can't wait for persuasion to take effect.) This includes Christians. Worse for us Christians because we believe that the power of God is available to change hearts and minds. All legislation is force. Historically Americans have not been careful in how it is used.
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jdbrown371: classifying those who disagree with you as insane is rarely productive and puts you in an awkward situation when you actually talk with someone of that opposing mindset who is at least as well informed and insightful as you are. Classifying all conservatives as ignorant hicks is no more accurate than classifying all liberals as god-hating communists. There are plenty of us conservative Christians who don't believe that we need prayer in public schools or Christian symbols on public property or legislation about private sexual behavior. However, likewise we also love the ideals that our country was founded on and that our country has drifted far from and I'm not talking about Judeo-Christian values. Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, et al believed in limited gov't and state's rights. That has been wiped away by socialist values. A strong, central gov't and Socialism is anathema to true conservatives. "If you don't work you don't eat." to quote the Apostle Paul. But in fact some people need alms for a short and so in a free society we voluntarily share with our neighbor and perhaps ask our neighbor to help us in return. Gov't enforced charity generates anger and resentment from taxpayers and dependency among the recipients. We are educated and wise. Those that advocate a change of gov't are no different from those 200+ years ago if you read your Declaration of Independence. Since you acknowledge that our current gov't no longer represents the "average joe" then you must acknowledge that our Dec of Ind suggests that it is is our right to change it.
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Humanity and all its endeavors operate on a bell curve. There are outliers at both ends. For everyone who takes isolated craziness as a reason to discredit the mainstream of an organization or activity is intellectually childish. For every group anyone belongs to there is outlier craziness. For anyone who sends me a link showing Christian craziness in an attempt to discredit what I believe, if I know their associations well enough it takes little effort to locate the craziness there too. To no one's surprise this activity is taken to new heights between political parties. Only the intellectually shallow and dishonest refuse to focus on the values and ideals of an organization comparing them honestly to other values and ideals and focus instead on outliers.
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