I am doing something different tonight, I am writing directly to a group of people that I respect but don’t totally understand. This is Bri does faith: Christianity Edition, because I cannot speak at all on any other religion yet. I am a fairly staunch atheist with some witchy earth connection thrown in, but I don’t have faith. I respect faith, in fact at times I envy it, to be sure that you continue on after this life is a beautiful thing. I’m speaking directly to you, those of you who wear their faith with pride, those of you who quietly believe, and those of you who use your beliefs to power good will, to those of you who yearn to act like Jesus.
Now, just because I am an atheist does not mean I do not know some scripture, I was brought up Catholic, my parents are Catholic, most of my family is Catholic. The Christians I know are kind and welcoming and non-judgemental, but also I cannot afford to sugar coat this, we are in a dire situation right now and you have to know that deep down in your hearts.
Looking at his disciples, [Jesus] said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.”
He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.
Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
On Taking Care of Our Planet
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
I could go on, and on, the bible, and Jesus’ teachings teach forgiveness, patience, empathy, and kindness. If you are my friend I believe you have those things. However here’s the hard part, it’s time to start asking other Christians why they are choosing to ignore the bible in favor of hatred and fear, what is it about this world that scares them so much, and how can they feel safe. I am an outsider, the last time I want to church was a funeral, I cannot have the same conversation that you can, I can back up my argument with quotes, but I wont have your passion.
My “faith” is science, facts, art, and probably Falcon Ridge, so my experience is limited. I think in this particular instance talking might be the right thing to do, people who believe checking other people who believe. There is too much hatred being thrown around for people who should be on the same side of things. I’m not saying that most of this can be solved by peacefully having a conversation, please continue to punch Nazi’s. I do think in this particular instance though you guys have the power and the scripture to question people of your same faith into maybe thinking about the future of this country and this planet. You have the ability to show people that they can hold and understand more than one opinion.
Anyway, I hope this was coherent, it’s 1 am, I am not going to be sleeping much tonight I think which kind of sucks. So if you see me on messenger please say hello.