There are several ways to complete this sentence. There’s the one in the New Testament when Jesus Christ tells his followers to “do unto others as you would have others do unto you, in explaining how our Heavenly Father expects us to treat each other.
Then there is the current completion of the sentence, ” before they do unto you”. I’m sure this came out of Hollywood or a comedians stand up routine. Maybe it came from D.C. which is like a 24 hour comedy club lately, with more and more comedians coming to town and more and more getting the hook for their trouble (this is not a bad thing, culling the herd as it were).
Today I weigh in on yet another installment of the true nature of religious bigotry in America. A “pastor” defends his comments about the religious preference of one of the Republican nominees for president. That said “pastor” is from the great state of Texas is not surprising, that he is “Baptist” is also not surprising. Let us without offense discuss what I “know” about Baptists (and other so-called Christian denominations -not in specific- more in the if the shoe fits, you’re it Cinderella).
I “know” that Baptists:
- do not believe in keeping the commandments of Jesus Christ- Blasphemy some will scream. Nonsense I would reply. What exactly is your average Baptist doing on an average Sunday morning. They go to church of course -well not everyone does. Some believe they don’t need to go to a service on Sunday. They’ve accepted Jesus as their personal Savior, he knows they’re trying to do good to they don’t have to check in all that much, Christmas/Easter. Just like they visit Grandma at the home. Do they spend the day resting from their labors? Well some do, most don’t. They shop, golf, swim, play football and any other form of game possible, go to the casino, go to concerts, comedy clubs, museums, travel, and maybe visit their loved ones (especially the one’s they’re not married to). Meanwhile all of those “heathens who have to work in businesses that cater to the above don’t get the opportunity to be obedient to the commandment to “keep the Sabbath Day holy”.
- Bear false witness against their neighbors and coveting their neighbors……..what ever it is the neighbors have that they want. Bearing false witness is more that lying. It is lying with the intent to do harm to someone or something else. This is why they make up ridiculous statements and pass them off as fact when they have no knowledge on which to base their statements. They listen to those who have either left the church or been asked to leave and take as gospel what these people relate. Somewhat like a person looking for a new car will ask the Ford dealer to tell them about the newest Chrysler product because the “know” the care dealer won’t lie to them (he’ll tell them exactly what they want to hear.
Most of the claims of the anti-mormon side are ridiculous in the extreme. While the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has differences with other churches in doctrine, procedure and worship LDS members and the Church follow and believe in the 11th Article of Faith which states;
“We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
Family is supremely important to Latter Day Saints. If someone is estranged from their family you can pretty much guarantee that the fault in that belongs to the people who refuse to allow said person to believe as they wish. While I understand that some members (who are as human as Baptists-go figure) are sometimes pushy in their zeal to share what to them is exciting and important, most members ascribe stringently to the 11th Article of Faith.
- are tolerant of others beliefs just as Jesus taught them. Okay I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around that. I feel like I need to take a shower after making such an obviously ridiculous statement. Take a look at the Westborough Baptist Church in Topeka Kansas for an example. While most Baptist aren’t as crazy as these folks, it’s just a matter of degree. Someone once told my unmarried pregnant daughter that she “and her unborn babies” were going to Hell and that was just what she deserved. Somehow that didn’t bring to mind the account of Jesus Christ and the woman taken in adultery. I guess the “church” as the Baptist envision it is a hotel for the perfected not a hospital for sinners. Who’da thought it.
- work under authority of Jesus Christ. Since there is no real overarching organization, with say a prophet/seer/revelator or as the Catholics might put it a Pope to authorize work done in the name of the Church or in the name of Christ, where exactly did this “pastor” get his authority, from some college somewhere, some man somewhere, on line, out of a magazine? Is this the Church of Jesus Christ or the church of Rick Perry or as one church I saw years ago, the Church of Highway 98? I would figure the Lord would expect his church to be named after him and that he might want to communicate with someone specific in order to guide the church as an entity.
It seems to me that in a time when the Constitution is hanging by a thread, where our country and principles are under constant attack, when the Destroyer is ravening at the very gates, this “pastor”, this man of god seeks to drive yet another wedge between people who should be binding together. People who love, believe in and try to the best of their abilities to serve with the Lord Jesus Christ, His and our Eternal Heavenly Father. That kind of behavior comes from only one entity and it isn’t divine, it is debased. The wonder is that this man of god can’t or won’t see that.