Who or what do evangelicals believe God is? Is God for them an image of a human man but not a woman? Do evangelicals believe in scientific evolution or do they believe each and every species was individually created?
In my social media feeds lately, there have been some Christian ministers telling the same story: Parishioners are complaining or upset over sermons. What are the sermons? Many are ones involving the Beatitudes.
Directly targeting civilians or exposing them to disproportionate harm in war is wrong for the same reasons that it is wrong to kill or harm innocent people in peacetime. People who pose no threat to others deserve respect and protection from violence regardless of their nationality or group identity. To violate that respect in war is not only a war crime but a moral crime.
How does and Christian-turned-atheist celebrate Christmas?
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“Don’t Give to Panhandlers,” the signs will read. Around Spokane, billboards bearing this request will soon rise. It is an effort led by downtown businesses and local non-profits to curb handouts and increase gifts to charities and organizations that help folks in need.
But still I bristle at this message. I think of those who, for reasons of faith, choose to beg. I think of Jesus who walked with beggars and emptied himself of everything. And I think of those of us whose needs are not visible.
I need to be called out of my place of privilege. I need to be faced with the truth about poverty in the place I live, and I need to remember my part in that system.
Will this campaign help question the widening gap between wealthy and poor? Will this campaign advocate for good wages and health benefits for workers? Will this campaign address greed?
Let us give without holding back. Maybe not to those with signs on street corners; maybe so. But let us remember that God is the giver of everything under the sun, and may our generosity in God’s name lead to justice.