Point/Counterpoint December 29, 2017

Christianist liars cut the Flight to Egypt out of their Bibles because peasants fleeing death squads give them a squirmy feeling of discomfort in their seared consciences.

In contrast, Christians try to welcome refugees fleeing death, especially when they are fleeing American client states that we helped to turn into the basket cases they are today.

“The great moral question of our attitude towards the homeless, towards refugees and migrants,takes on a deeper dimension. Do we really have room for God when he seeks to enter under our roof? Do we have time and space for him? Do we not actually turn away God himself? […] We are so “full” of ourselves that there is no room left for God. And that means there is no room for the poor, for the stranger.”

And before some Christianist starts whinging about how modernist leftist heretic Pope Francis needs to shut up and stop politicizing the gospel (except with the politics of abortion), note that this is a quote from Pope Benedict XVI, Christmas 2012.

Here’s a little suggestion for spiritual growth in the coming year: Try listening to how many times you respond to the Church’s teaching with “Yes!” and how many times you respond with “But….”. It’s a handy way of discovering where our real gods are and how much of a grip they have on us.

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