Thursday, July 29, 2010

ANNE RICE AND HER RENOUNCING OF "CHRISTIANITY"

Anne Rice just wrote the following on her Facebook page: ...I quit being a Christian. I'm out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of ...Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.

[For the full article, see here.]

Although seemingly incongrous, quitting what is called "Christianity" and still adhering to the message of Christ are not at all incompatible in our times! In biblical times, it took guts to proclaim the name of Christ and live by His dictates, as one could easily forfeit his/her life by so doing.

Now, any two-bit hater can call him/herself a "Christian," and even get away with it by attending buildings called "churches" that house people who engage in incestuous socialization, convincing themselves and, unfortunately, many others that when they are homophobic and exclusionary they are fulfilling the will of Christ and speaking in the name of God.

Nothing could be further from the truth! Jesus hung around with the pariahs of society and saved his harshest words for the legalists and perfectionists of His time who sought to put yokes of bondage onto others. Just read the Gospels in the New Testament and see for yourself!

Our modern day pharisees can all too often be found to attend "churches," many of whom seek to proclaim their own prejudicial and ignorant interpretations of certain selected biblical passages as being part of "the word of God," and thereby cause the untold suffering of others by their perversion of everything that Jesus stood for.

Anyone who demeans another; anyone who bears false witness against another; anyone who condemns and judges another; anyone who seeks to deprive others of equal rights; anyone who in any way discriminates against others, is not a disciple of Christ!

Anne Rice seems to understand this basic principle that resonates with all those whom Jesus called out to be His disciples!
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8 comments:

DON CHARLES aka "STUFFED ANIMAL" said...

Well, Jerry, I'm going to cross-post this powerful nugget of a commentary on my blog, Ignorance Is Plentiful, in the space I've reserved especially for you.

Jerry Maneker said...

Thanks so much, Don Charles. That's very kind of you, and I very much appreciate it. Best wishes, Jerry.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Well, Jerry, I'm going to cross-post this powerful nugget of a commentary on my blog,¨ Don Charles

Make that a double.

Thanks,
Len

Jerry Maneker said...

Thanks so much, Len. That means a great deal to me. Take care, Jerry.

genevieve said...

Jerry, I understand what Anne is talking about. The other I discussed with my spouse that God loves everybody no matter what race, gender, sexuality, or socioeconomic status. Being a Christian is a relationship with Jesus Christ. This is something that I point out whenever I witness to others.

Jerry Maneker said...

You're absolutely right, genevieve, and everyone who is a disciple of Christ knows that what you say is true. Best wishes, Jerry.

thegayte-keeper said...

Now all we need is for others to come to the conclusion that Anne came to...

Jerry Maneker said...

Absolutely, thegayte-keeper! All disciples of Christ know that Jesus commanded us to love and not in any way judge or condemn others! And all too many professing "Christians" who seek to deny others dignity and equality have nothing to do with Christ, His teachings, His ministry, and His very life! And this message has to be continuously hammered home in any and every venue possible! Best wishes, Jerry.