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November 13, 2011 / compassioninpolitics

Faith in the wisdom of the Bible

I understand that faith is hard. I realize making a commitment to anything, be it school, be it marriage, or the Christian faith is a significant commitment. All I’m asking for you is to have an open mind and an open heart. The Bible, more than any document of its time and for 100s of years later describes the human conscience, human choice, and the radical importance of the family with incredible clarity. In terms of personal finance, no comparable document to Proverbs would exist until Ben Franklin basically copied it all (1600+ years later). I’m not disparaging Ben Franklin, but rather pointing out a fundamental truth. And as a piece of literature, only the likes of Shakespeare and his mileu can even come close to challenging its insight and complexity.

I’m a Christian who constantly applies rigor to his faith. I realize the Christian faith has been warped by controlling powers in media and academia, but the actual experience of the Christian faith is different. Its criticism is a caricature in the same way that an SNL skit on Obama is a caricature of Obama, not how Obama actually thinks or lives. It bothers me that my identity has been warped based on those assumptions–in the same way that race applied to Hispanics, African-Americans, people of Japanese dissent or someone of color during the early to mid 1900’s. Its just as offensive as the Orientialism that Edward Said describes but no one in the media is speaking up for Christians. (Media Matters did a study on this or at least reported on a study done that the media coverage on television is to almost exclusively right-wing Christians vs. moderates and left learning Christians). And the televangelists of the 80’s and beyond have also warped these perceptions of what it means to be a faithful Christian. Thats analogous to someone saying Will Horton = black, therefore all blacks must be bad. And its just as incidious and hateful. So I will try to be more open about my faith…if you can be more open about the abuses, myths, and manipulations which are carried out by those in power–be they in publishing, academia, or media.

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