Sunday, July 30, 2006

What would Jesus do?

Rev. Gregory A. Boyd is disowning conservative politics:

One woman asked: “So why NOT us? If we contain the wisdom and grace and love and creativity of Jesus, why shouldn’t we be the ones involved in politics and setting laws?”

Mr. Boyd responded: “I don’t think there’s a particular angle we have on society that others lack. All good, decent people want good and order and justice. Just don’t slap the label ‘Christian’ on it.”

Holy f*cking sh*t! A reasonable evangelical. Sure he doesn't believe homosexuality is an ideal and does not agree with abortion, but he is not interested in controlling others to follow his (and Jesus') beliefs, he suggests that he will act accordingly and others can follow his example.

Believe it or not, this church scene freaked him out:

He said he first became alarmed while visiting another megachurch’s worship service on a Fourth of July years ago. The service finished with the chorus singing “God Bless America” and a video of fighter jets flying over a hill silhouetted with crosses.

“I thought to myself, ‘What just happened? Fighter jets mixed up with the cross?’ ” he said in an interview.

Dude. Dude, dude! I'm absolutely flabbergasted that this guy actually exists, let alone is prepared to voice these opinions. Cost his church $7M, mind you. Some of his followers didn't like his suggestion that Republican policy does not equal God's will.

Crazy times.