Sunday, April 15, 2007

What Would Jesus Really Do?

"Last week, CNN contributor Ronald Martin caught our eye with a provocative web-piece entitled, 'What Would Jesus REALLY Do.' Martin started by asking, "When did it come to the point that being a Christian meant only caring about two issues,­ abortion and homosexuality," and took it away from there.

Last Friday evening, while Christians observed Good Friday and waited for Easter, Martin hosted an hour-long CNN special of the same name. His interviews included T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House, Jerry Falwell, Paula White of Without Walls International Church, Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and author of the best-selling book "The Purpose Driven Life," Rabbi Shmuley Boteach of Shalom in the Home, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and Freddie Haynes of Friendship West Baptist Church.

Each of the clips is worth a look, but be sure not to miss Martin's commentary that opens and closes the show"

Go HERE to examine the video links.

This is an awesome conversation.


Scott Starr said...

I think this set of verses says it all- pay special attention to verses 26 and 46

Luke chapter 6

Blessings and Woes
17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coast of Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by evil[a] spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.

20 Looking at his disciples, he said:
"Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
22 Blessed are you when men hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.

23 "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.
24 "But woe to you who are rich,
for you have already received your comfort.
25 Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will mourn and weep.
26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you,
for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.
Love for Enemies
27 "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,' expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Judging Others
37 "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

39 He also told them this parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.

41 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
A Tree and Its Fruit
43 "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
The Wise and Foolish Builders
46 "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? 47 I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."

Scott Starr said...

To paraphrase the announcer at Unwelcome Guest:

"Right now we have most overtly religious government in a lifetime and simultaneously the most corrupt and violent - Is this a coincidence- or is there something terribly, terribly wrong with the way "religion" is used to validate human power structures and proliferate astronomical military budgets?

"“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” - Helder Camara, Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Brazil (1909-1999)

In spite of the track record of the "Godly"- the conventional belief is that religion is the source of ethics and conscience for humanity.

However, It sometimes seems that the main preoccupation of the flagrantly devout is the conduct of other people's sexual activities.... the logic seems to be that you can lie, murder, steal, torture, pollute and loot the taxpayer as long as you attend church- don't have extramarital sex and aren't gay and like to wave the flag, don't mind the behemoth military spending above all else, don't ask too many questions of the authority figures and support Israel no matter what they do- then you're a-ok."

Anonymous said...

More good stuff, Scott!