Real talk: Between the anti-intellectualism of “God’s Not Dead”, the WorldVision will-we-won’t-we-hire-openly-gay-employees fiasco, Hobby Lobby’s fight against birth control, and the fact that apparently it’s okay to white-wash a story about Noah as long as we don’t sneak any environmental messages in there, I’m feeling particularly pessimistic about the evangelical Church right now.
Apparently “Sukkot-style” Thanksgiving celebrations are becoming a thing among some churches.
It’s bad enough that some people are trying to make Christian Passovers a thing. Passover is not about Jesus. It was never about Jesus. Stop trying to make it about Jesus. It’s a religious holiday that is still being celebrated by people who don’t think it’s about Jesus, and you can’t just come in and say all those people have been wrong about their own holiday for thousands of years.
I appreciate your desire to “get back to the roots” of your faith, but you can’t do that by coming in to an already existing faith and changing everything. If you want to appreciate Judaism, then appreciate it as Judaism, not as proto-Christianity-that-is-practiced-by-idiots-who-didn’t-realize-Jesus-was-the-messiah. It’s insulting and gross.
And there is far too long of a history of Christians (culturally and/or religiously) being assholes to Jews (culturally and/or religiously) for you to just waltz in now and stake a claim on the traditions you’ve enjoyed stomping on for centuries.
JUST ENJOY THANKSGIVING. Let Jews have Sukkot. OMG.
It’s too early for this.
- Pope Francis
Seriously thinking about putting this in my Teaching Philosophy.
I want to adopt, fairly badly, so sometimes I go to adoption websites just to see what kids need families. Tonight I was looking through page after page of a national adoption website, and every. single. child. has a severe physical or mental disability, requiring a great deal of time and care from the parents who eventually adopt them. The kind of commitment I just can’t see myself being able to make until, frankly, I retire, or make so much money that Chad can stay home full-time.
Which leads me to this:
"You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry, and my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless."- Exodus 22:22-24
"Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute."- Psalm 82:3
"They have grown fat and sleek. They know no bounds in deeds of evil; they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy."- Jeremiah 5:28
“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.” - Malachi 3:5
"Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy."- Ezekiel 16:49
The Bible is pretty damn clear about the responsibility Christians have to take care of orphans. And even the quickest search of America’s foster care system will make it pretty damn clear that what these orphans need is access to medical care, or adoptive parents who have access to medical care. As much as I want to adopt, for example, there’s no way Chad and I can take on the financial responsibility of caring for a child with these kinds of medical needs. And I’m sure we’re not the only couple in that position.
Plus, I’m wiling to be a GREAT number of these children have living parents who just couldn’t afford to take care of them when they found out that they were going to have disabilities, and either chose not to or were not able to abort the pregnancies. How many of these children could be with their biological families if access to mental and physical health care weren’t so cripplingly expensive in this country? How many more could find loving adoptive families that much easier?
But voting to create a universal health care system in the United States? No way. That’s socialism, and clearly fear of socialism trumps any and all commandments to do our part for the poor, or the orphans, in our society. After all, taxes are theft, and HOW DARE YOU STEAL MY MONEY SO THAT POOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE CAN HAVE A SHOT AT A BETTER LIFE?