Originally Posted by pnggrad79
I am sorry your dad went off on you. Where is Christianity today? Has it gotten stuck in a quagmire of hatred, fear and judgmentalism? It seems to me that fundies are the self-proclaimed policeman for God and since obviously God isn't doing His job well enough for them, they feel they have to do it for him, because He just isn't punishing these infidels enough. Ohmigosh! God save us from people who think they need to do Your job for you!!!
but it's not just today. The Civil War was a holy war. The fundies (or their precursors in the North) felt that Jesus was all set to return to earth for the Millenial Reign. Christians just needed to clean up a few minor annoyances, like, slavery. Get rid of slavery and the US, thus the entire world, is ready for Christ to return. Southerners saw things a bit differently as their entire economy depended on slavery. So you can see how the North and the South might differ on their interpretations of scripture.
My Pastor recently pointed out to me one of the major differences in today's opposing factions of Christians. There are "Great Commandment Christians" and there are "Great Commission Christians." Great Commandment Christians place great importance on the Love your neighbor thing, and so social justice becomes extremely important. Great Commission Christians hold "go into all the world, preach the gospel, make disciples of every nation" as being of highest value, and many times try to achieve it at any cost. Guess where the Fundies are????
It was disheartening to have that conversation with my dad yesterday. I had hoped I could say some things and he would listen (which he does at times.) His angry response implied deeper problems he has with me, perhaps the gay thing, but definitely the liberal christian stuff. He just doesn't get that prayer and Bible study have no place in public schools. Even when I said "which religion should we study? what are you going to do when a non-christian faith wants their beliefs taught?"