Christianity is about accepting Christ (and His teachings). If you study the four Gospels carefully, you will see that Jesus preached repentance and the kingdom of God. Jesus Himself stated, "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish". (Luke 13:3)
Yes, God is a God of love but also a God of judgement. If we reject Him and His words, there is nothing left but judgement. The good news is that through accepting Christ we can escape the judgement that is coming upon the world.
It was my decision and nobody else's to run the aforementioned column alongside a response from Matt. Never was I pushed by (nor did I ever even speak to) anyone in ownership regarding that decision. I saw the pro-HB2 column and had the same thoughts about it that I believe you did. I decided letting Matt respond directly to the columnist and people who think that way was a different way to go about it, since by our print time the local news was already inundated with op-ed pieces against HB2 in a handful of other outlets. I see that you disagree with the decision but I thought I'd at least explain why I included it as context for Matt's column.
Please put me on record as thinking it is appalling for CL to have published the anti-LGBT protections piece from the Triad. This city has a newspaper of record, that's what the Observer is there for. Alt weeklies, as I posted elsewhere, should be the ones poking the dragon, and not debating whether the dragon has a good point or not. This is what happens when clueless right-wingers buy out a formerly award-winning newspaper without even understanding their readers. Ludicrous. Just completely ludicrous.
Great points Matt. I especially like this:
"The reality is actually so much simpler. Whether you're white or black, male or female, gay or straight, cisgender or transgender, people simply want to be treated equally, with their full inherent dignity as human beings honored, recognized and respected. This universal desire of all humankind, reflected in faiths and beliefs throughout world history, was at the crux of Charlotte's LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances."
I just said to Dawn that since living in NC, in predominantly "other" neighborhoods we have never gotten knocks on our doors or seen the groups making rounds. I believe that certain neighborhoods are targeted which is interesting and speaks to the idea that some folks need saving more than others when the fact is that people are people and if you have found a good thing why wouldn't you want to share it with everyone. It perpetuates racism, separatism, and classism. Enlightening piece as usual Mr. Easley
LOL… Faith is deeply personal for me. And for that reason, I do not want to be broadsided by it with all the burnish of a 90s summer high schooler’s magazine spiel to offset college tuition. We realize that everyone sells us everywhere—home, in and outside of stores, restaurants, on and through electronic devices— and some of it admittedly we think is creative and even will find an official go-fund-me spirit in us for a few dollars. But proselytizing for all it’s little old ladies, deep-voiced authoritarian men or even Easter Sunday basket toting youngsters seems to assign more than it asks, dictate more than it derive when it comes to moral attitudes, dispositions and approaches. I refuse to be bum rushed. I am first to verbalize and commit to eye contact that say “Thanks for the interest but I have other approaches to which I am committed. Have a good day.” If they repeat I say no thanks again. I keep walking, not answering anything afterward. When I feel targeted where I live, I have been known to ask if calling the leadership to have my house removed from listing will help maximize their efforts in favor of more suitable areas. Turning the pitch works for me. Seeing the hardliners turn and head in the opposite direction, all the more…
Funny stuff. I wouldn't say I live in a ritzy neighborhood, but it's pretty solidly up in the upper middle/lower upper designation. And yes, the Saints do come knocking on our door. Mostly Jehovah's Witnesses but there are others as well. I usually let them know pretty immediately that I'm not in the market for salvation.
Anyway, keep up the good work.
Also, if you have a moment, I'd like to speak with you about your spiritual needs.....
@Tmarshall lol now that is a sure way to shut down the conversation. Thank you for reading and sharing.
@Linda Peace They were on me like a tick....lol Thank you for reading and sharing.
@Rusty Sheridan Be careful what you ask for man...lol Once they have you on their radar there is no escaping.
@BrandonIamHiphop King man and they are out in force....lol Thank you for reading Sir!
Very funny! My encounters are short and sweet. They say hello and I say I'm an Atheist and they're gone. Conversation over. Best deterrent ever!
That is too funny. I think you gave them a challenge. I can envision them all sitting around together discussing their "military strategy". Lol
I wish I got these visits. I never do. And I've lived everywhere from the hood to the ritzy neighborhoods (rented in the latter, lol). I'd love to have an intellectual dialogue with those folks.
HA! Welcome to the wonderful world of the Saturday Morning Saints. The Mormons, Jehova Witnesses, and others will start coming out now that its getting warm, just like bees.
@drew Kinney Oh no not the backdoor stunt....lol If I don't walk door to door to discuss film theory or the cultural nuances of the Golden Girls then I do no not want folks at my door to discuss anything unsolicited. Thank you for reading and sharing your memory.
@cole butler I think the political slant and big money rhetoric have turned a lot of people off but the sad thing is if most were committed to the basic principles of looking out for your fellow man then maybe more folk would welcome a conversation about faith. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.
@mqj18 I get that they are happy about their beliefs but why do you have to chase folks down....lol thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.
When I was a kid. I remember a knock on our front door. I looked thru the peephole and saw it was Jehovah's Witnesses. I told my Mom and she said, "I'm not answering that door." I had to go to work, so I exited the back door, got into my car and drove away. I still remember the look on their faces when they realized I split on them.
I had a encounter with this recently. Someone that I knew in childhood, was trying force their beliefs on whoever didnt agree, and discredit what some scholars have been sharing for 20+ years. Sad to say this person went as far as to bring my character into question. If religion is supposed to be about love, there needs to be a re-training session for how to display that love across the board. I am unapologetic about the way I think and it should be respected. This article was extremely on point and I'm glad to know that there are other people out there who are also on the non-religious tip.
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