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I'm with you on this. I believe that Jesus brought a message of love to ALL mankind rather than one of ritual, worship, and salvation for a select few. I once asked you the "meaning of life" and you replied "service". I think Jesus, too, would have agreed that service (and activism) is far more important than worship; a concept that seems hard to grasp by many today who consider themselves Christians... You quoted one great songwriter from the 70's, here's a take on the same subject by another: The Rebel Jesus (By Jackson Brown) All the streets are filled with laughter and light
 And the music of the season
 And the merchants windows are all bright
 With the faces of the children
 And the families hurrying to their homes
 As the sky darkens and freezes
 They'll be gathering around the hearths and tales
 Giving thanks for all God's graces
 And the birth of the rebel Jesus 

Well they call him by the Prince of Peace
 And they call him by the Savior
 And they pray to him upon the seas 
And in every bold endeavor
 As they fill his churches with their pride and gold
 And their faith in him increases
 But they've turned the nature that I worshipped in 
From a temple to a robbers den 
In the words of the rebel Jesus 

We guard our world with locks and guns
 And we guard our fine possessions 
And once a year when Christmas comes
 We give to our relations
 And perhaps we give a little to the poor 
If the generosity should seize us
 But if any one of us should interfere
 In the business of why they are poor
 They get the same as the rebel Jesus

 But please forgive me if I seem
 To take the tone of judgement 
For I've no wish to come between
 This day and your enjoyment
 In this life of hardship and of earthly toil 
There's a need for anything that frees us
 So I bid you pleasure
 And I bid you cheer 
From a heathen and a pagan
 On the side of the rebel Jesus.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2012 on Jesus Was A Capricorn at Undiscussable
"kleptocracy" - my new favorite word of relevance...
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Nov 11, 2011