Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pumpkins

A Facebook status update likens being a Christian to being a pumpkin. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate and greed. He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.

I imagine a lot of Tea Party members consider themselves Christians. Judging from videos and photos I have seen of Tea Party members at rallies, it seems their God forgot to carve the smiling face. And if his light is shining for all the world to see, his light is not worth seeing.

The Ku Klux Klan is a Christian organization. They do like to illuminate skies with burning crosses. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor sided with the grand poopah on the burning cross issue because burning crosses shows support for Klan ideology or as a “symbol of group solidarity.”

The Klan is used here as an example of this Christian God's ugly light shining for the world to see.

The light of love, kindness, generosity, and gentleness does shine. But those acts of love, kindness, generosity and gentleness are performed by people of all faiths. Perhaps there is one loving god with many names.

The pumpkin analogy states: God picks you from the patch and washes all the dirt off of you and he scoops out the yucky stuff. Since Christians such as Klan members still have dirt upon them and yuckiness inside, the status update might better start, "...being a decent, moral person is like being a pumpkin." And yet, that does not explain altruistic agnostic and atheist people.

Just the fact of posting the pumpkin analogy shows a snobbiness over all non-Christians. Heh, heh, hey, God did not pick you from the pumpkin patch and wash off all your dirt, so I am so much better than you, dear reader.

Reality is not like the Fairy Godmother waving a magic wand turning a pumpkin into a carriage. Professing to be a Christian does not magically transform people. Actions do speak louder than words.

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