I’ve spent a good amount of time complaining and writing about the hypocrisies of Christians, particularly those of the Evangelical flavor, but sometimes they give me some hope. Sarah Wildman writing for Vox: Meet the evangelicals trying to make the GOP care about refugees.
From the article:
“When you look at the parables in the Bible about how Jesus carried out his ministry, Jesus didn’t just talk about who he was,” Yang will argue. “He tangibly met people’s needs.”
Yang is part of a growing movement within the evangelical community that focuses on “living out the gospel” — that is, acting as Jesus would have acted — over partisan politics. Refugees, as they see it, should not be a political question but a humanitarian one.
I’ve also talked about my thoughts on the failed marriage between Evangelicals and the GOP which has been illustrated by the children of said divorce as students at Liberty University. It is covered by this article as well:
Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, began our conversation by insisting: “Let me start by saying: don’t conflate evangelicalism with Republicanism.” That kind of statement is pretty dramatic, given polling numbers.
The article is filled with Evangelicals who I will applaud for their efforts (because unlike some I know – they make effort). Even though I know that there are many theological items that we would disagree with, I’d love to work with them knowing that we share the idea that there is legitimate, physical work that needs to be done before we get to arguing over how many angels dance on the head of a pin.
On a related note, Philip Pullella writing for Reuters, Pope suggests ‘better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic’.
“There are those who say ‘I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association’,” the head of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church said, according to a Vatican Radio transcript.
He said that some of these people should also say “‘my life is not Christian, I don’t pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money, (I lead) a double life’.”
“There are many Catholics who are like this and they cause scandal,” he said. “How many times have we all heard people say ‘if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist’.”
I’m not Catholic, but I really like this pope. He’s not perfect, but, man, calling out Catholics for being bad representatives of their church? Terrific.