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March 28, 2010

Palm Sunday

God stuff

Yes, I'm still alive. Sorry. I was traveling and then got sick, and I'm just getting over that. And I'm trying to work on some writing projects that are cutting into my blogging time anyway, so the previous constant blogging schedule might not be viable right now. But I'm going to try to get back to posting at least once a day, more if I have more to say.

But it's Palm Sunday again, and I posted this quote last Palm Sunday so I thought I'd repeat it for you today.

Bradley Whitford:

Declaring oneself a Christian is easy. Putting Christian values to work in a dangerous and violent world is not.

Perhaps the best response to the tragedy of 9/11 was a preemptive war against a country that had nothing to do with the attacks. Tens of thousands of deaths later, perhaps it is still the right decision.

But it is not Christian.

Perhaps it is good economics to give me, an actor on a television show, over a quarter of a million dollars in tax relief over the last five years as the poverty rate climbs, as we burden our children with structural budget deficits and cut services for our most vulnerable citizens.

But it is not Christian.

Perhaps the death penalty is an acceptable way to punish criminals.

But it is not Christian.

Jesus Christ was the Prince of Peace, not the Prince of Preemptive War. He was an advocate for the poor, not of supply-side economics. And let's not forget that Jesus himself died in a bogus death-penalty rap. His was the original "bleeding heart," yet I am afraid he would be described pejoratively by many today as a "do-gooder."

Posted by Kat at March 28, 2010 09:39 AM

This makes me wonder when exactly (and why and how!) "Do-gooder" came to be a bad thing. Isn't good, by definition.. the good thing to do? Oh sorry, I'm expecting rationality again. Silly me. :)

Posted by: kate at March 29, 2010 05:07 AM
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