I have avoided this subject for too long, I’ve decided. I don’t want to use my blog for political purposes, and I avoid mentioning religion because I’m not the sort of person to get on a soapbox, but I came across something the other day that I feel I really must talk about.
As I’ve mentioned previously, and as the vast majority of you readers know, I put my blog on Alpha Inventions. As a paid member I take a bit of time each day to investigate the other blogs in the cycle to see what’s up. I came across something deeply disturbing. It’s one of the many so-called Christian sites, I won’t give it any credibility by naming it, but the content of that day’s post was mind-boggling.
Without quoting directly, the gist of the argument put forth was a response to Obama’s condemnation of the torture technique known as waterboarding. The author of the blog contends that not only would Jesus have approved of waterboarding, he would have done it to save his own mother.
Yes, you read that right. The supposed saviour, the man whom their religion is named after would have fully approved of waterboarding to, and here I am quoting, “save American lives”. That’s the belief of this Christian blogger.
Over the years I’ve heard and read many bizarre claims made in the name of Jesus, but this one takes the cake. I have watched these so-called Christian sects spring up over the last twenty years that completely ignore the supposed teachings of Jesus, indeed, ignore the entire New Testament in order to push their brand of hate-spewing, fear-mongering, bigoted bile all in the name of a figure they completely ignore but continue to use the name of. Indeed, they are Christians who claim to embrace the teachings of Christ while simultaneously revelling in Old Testament fire and brimstone.
I rejected Christianity more than forty years ago myself, but I’m quite certain that I recall Jesus pretty much rejected the Old Testament ways and preached love and forgiveness. I believe there’s a word for those who have the audacity to call themselves Christians and then assert that Jesus would not only approve of waterboarding, but would practice it himself. That word is hypocrite.
I simply cannot get over what I read on that blog. The blog I’m referring to does not seem to be an extremist one, either. It’s essentially a mainstream Christian blog, and yet the author is quite certain he’s on firm ground in his bizarre conclusion, and based on the comments he’s received, he’s got a lot of support. That’s frightening. To think there are people running around loose in the world that think this way. Never mind the Islamic terrorists; folks, the real danger is much closer to home.