Chrisitanity in its modern form is a walking contradiction. It should be a religion based on inclusiveness, yet there are so many guidelines to follow to even be considered a Christian. For decades, if not centuries, organized Christianity has told people how to behave and how to act with the threat of violence or in many cases, the use of it. This is ironic for a religion where the founder preached peace and forgiveness.
Recently, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone banned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, from communion for her support of pro-choice ideals. I’m not saying Pelosi is in favor of abortion. She might be. But like so many other people, she believes in a woman’s right to choose. Let’s not change the narrative to make Cordileone seem justified. He state very bluntly “I am hereby notifying you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you publicly repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance.”
He went on to state, “After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, an the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” In other words, Cordileone is saying Pelosi is refusing to change her stance to fit his. And this is common among many people in Christianity, regardless of whether they are Protestant, Catholic or Evangelicals.
It’s the old fashioned “My way or the highway” move. Cordileone has always stated President Joe Biden, a Catholic as well, should receive communion. What Cordileone and others such as Billy Graham Jr., Pat Robertson, and many others have always said is “We based the laws on our interpreations of the Bible and you will follow them or else.”
And this has been the biggest problems in the recent decades. This tightening of a grip on American issues by Christian figures is causing more and more to slip out. They’re actually proving just how wrong they are indavertently.
As the current leak of a possible decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, it’s creating more of a divide between Christians and other religions. On the social media TikTok, a woman with the user name of tracy_gwaspari recently asked people why don’t they believe in God. Then, she said that regardless of what people tell her, she will refuse to believe their “excuses.” She begins to go on the old-fashioned diatribe of how Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself and blah-blah-blah.
While I don’t condone atheist/agnostic people who are quick to criticize Christians regardless of their ideas, i.e. Bill Maher, most devout Christians are quick to criticize atheist/agnostic people as awful people. But all that can change if you accept Jesus into yourt heart, they say. So in other words, they will only care about you if you believe what they believe.
I’ve noticed in my youth how Christian people were very selective on who they associated with. To say it’s a cult is not a hyperbole. My question was where were all these people before you turned to them? Where are all the people out helping their fellow man instead of their fellow parishioners? Why are churches making meals for people but insisting they have to sit through a sermon to get a bowl of chicken broth?
If they would have to follow Christ, they would know that he associated Himself with commoners and even people who may have been banned from the temples. It was those in power who condemned Him if you need a reminder.
I never will forget a church in Statesboro where I went to college that had a buzzer system. Mind you, this was a church that was on one of the nicest parts of towns. There were at least a dozen people at the church at any given time. But you had to buzzed in. Church was only available by appointment only.
Another preacher type in my hometown spitting tobacco juice in a cup got up in my face when I went into a salon for a haircut to tell me how I needed to be saved. It was the wrong place and wrong time. He thought he had control because I was in middle-school age at the time. And that’s the way they want it.
Christian people want control. It’s their drug. Would Cordileone say this against a 6-foot-4, 275 pound man? Of course not. He has not problem telling Pelosi, 82, and is 5-foot-5 to sit, down, shut up and obey him.
The saddest part is that those doors to the churches should always be open. Yes, I know there’s the issue of vandalism and theft, but you can’t use that as a boogerbear to always keep churches closed for only a certain time. Religious leaders need them closed. It’s the only way they can justify needing tax breaks. They can either pay their utilities or they can pay their property taxes.
But at the same time to keep their tax exempt status, they need to stay out of all political and topical issues. Can you imagine what we could do with this country if the Catholic Church was taxed on its real estate holdings? Yet, they’ve all taken a vow of poverty. Everything they use belongs to the Church. And just like Jamie-Lynn Spears bragging how Britney’s beach house is really hers, it’s theirs when it comes to bragging but not theirs when it comes to paying the bills.
The problem with Christianity in th 2020s is there’s no way else to go but to control political leaders. They enslaved people and forced them to convert to their religion for centuries, but can’t do that anymore. The Spanish Inquisition was all about “Do what we tell you or we’ll fucking maim and kill you!” And missionary work is just Christian colonialism. They got no other place on this planet to go except for the world of politics.
It’s not about extending a helping hand. It’s about dragging people kicking and screaming. Christianity should be about allowing people to come to you but they want to go out and recruit through horrible ways. That’s why they go after people on college campuses. That’s why youth pastors try to look cool but there’s something wrong about someone 10-20 years older than the people they’re around. Church is supposed to be a hospital for sinners, but it’s full of hypochondriacs who don’t want to leave. And they maniacs have overtaken the asylum.
It’s no wonder people like Cordileone think they’re high and mighty, yet Christianity is supposed to be about humbleness. It’s like the line from Matthew 16:19, “Whatever you bind on Earth will be found in Heaven.” This dogmatic idelogy forces people to think that the world should act accordingly to their own ideas.
As more and more people begin to leave Christianity and all religions, the only way they can reclaim their numbers is by turning political leaders toward strict Christian ideals. That was the Republican’s focus behind keeping President Barack Obama from filling judicial vacancies and allowing President Donald Trump to do this without a second question about the appointments.
And by refusing Pelosi and Biden communion, it is a way of scarring them with a scarlett letter. For a religion that’s based on love, they sure hate a lot of people. They hate people of different colors, sexes, sexual orientation, political beliefs, etc. But as long as they have control, the hate isn’t hate. It’s the norm.
And that’s why they really want.
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