#0062 Has Jesus’s message of peace and love gotten buried under piles of doctrine?
Links relevant to today’s posting…
Scripture relevant to today’s posting…
- 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
Matt. 23: 11 & 12
The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is “Don’t stand by”. This is particularly important now with the refugee crisis going on as more people than ever are being bystanders. We haven’t really learnt anything—I’m depressed by the current situation. The experience of the Syrian refugees is similar to what we went through.
I was 11 years old when my family first immigrated to Belgium [after Hitler annexed Austria in 1938]. We were treated as if we had come from the moon. I felt as if I wasn’t wanted and that I was different to everybody. It is even harder for today’s Syrian refugees who have a very different culture. We were Europeans as well as Jews—we were assimilated. I was shocked that I wasn’t accepted like an ordinary person. I am very upset that today again so many countries are closing their borders. Fewer people would have died in the Holocaust if the world had accepted more Jewish refugees. Anne Frank’s Stepsister: ‘Donald Trump is Like Hitler’
Today’s greater Christian narrative allows—even encourages this kind of passive response to life. It promotes non-involvement on the part of devout followers by deemphasizing the importance of getting involved in social matters which have not been specifically sanctioned by the church. This isn’t to say that there aren’t good Christian people involved in many of these efforts, because they are; but most of these folks get involved—either individually or as part of a small group—of their own accord and initiative via the direct inner-stirrings they receive from the Holy Ghost. But let’s face it, mercy and kindness are minor themes in Christian religious communities these days and they don’t get much air time from Sunday pulpits or evangelical daytime TV. Alas, campaigns designed to extend a helping hand or to ease human suffering are not at the top of the average Christian church’s to-do list for her parishioners/congregants. Subsequently, many of these congregants choose to not get involved with these types of efforts because they don’t see as useful in the way of advancing their salvation. The one exception to this are those outreach projects that are tied into some kind of proselytizing scam meant to jockey some unwitting needy persons into a position that will make them feel an obligation to go to church services or something in that vein. By putting so much emphasis upon the salvation of one’s soul religion tend to serve most effectively to de-emphasize anything else in life; including reaching out to people who are in dire need of their Christian love and ministry.
In today’s link we read about a woman, Eva Schloss who saw the Jewish holocaust up close and personally; she lived through the reality fruits of Christian indifference during the Nazi occupation of Europe. Although she was one of the “lucky ones” who escaped the horrors of the Nazi internment camps designed specifically for the extermination of the Jews, she did experience the life of a Jewish refugee in Belgium. Because she is still alive she is witnessing the plight of the Syrian refugees whom she claims are in even more dire straits than she and her fellow Jews were back in 1938 war-torn Belgium.
This is not just a European problem, it’s a global problem. If countries as big as the U.S. and Canada would take in more people, then we would get much closer to a solution. If Donald Trump becomes the next president of the U.S. it would be a complete disaster. I think he is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism. During his U.S. presidential campaign he has suggested the “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” as well as pledging to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to keep illegal immigrants out. Anne Frank’s Stepsister: ‘Donald Trump is Like Hitler’
To me, the most disheartening development coming out of Donald Trump’s narrow and unrealistic plan to keep America safe by keeping the unwanteds out is the magnanimous support he’s eliciting from Evangelical Christians! As I have already stressed above, the non-involvement proclivity Christians already possess seems to be escalating by leaps and bounds and they eagerly are scrambling to get behind Donald Trump and his Hitler-like ideologies. So what we have is a heart-sickening result we can realize now; we don’t have to wait to see if Trump wins the presidency—the Christian conservatists are showing their real and true colors. They seem to have been blinded by doctrines and it’s left them blind to the true message of Jesus…
12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Matt. 7:12 (NIV)
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TBC: Sunday, February 7, 2016