He knows that the government has NO business to demarcate what should or should not occur on church property. For starters…
October 12, 2016 at 2:42pm
Worrying is the wrong verb.
October 12, 2016 at 2:38pm
That would be the Puritans, and Columbus. The American colonies were Christian before America was a nation, so your question is about as ignorant as can be.
[-1] October 11, 2016 at 5:32pm
Either that or she is deep into taqqia.
 October 11, 2016 at 5:31pm
Dang, I agree with you about something.
October 11, 2016 at 5:30pm
I have great respect for the Orthodox Church, I heard Franklin Graham speak of his decision to go Orthodox at a Crisis Pregnancy fundraising dinner long ago. But I believe the church is all Christ-followers throughout history, and no one building or hierarchy can contain it.
October 11, 2016 at 5:27pm
Blest, as usual, you are right and I agree with you. I was just extrapolating his notions to our own country’s situation and wondering how it would play out.
October 11, 2016 at 9:54am
I wonder if looking “authentically American” is something that our churches need to worry about at all. First, because we should worry more about being authentic Christ followers than about how we look. Second, because I’m not sure if “authentically American” is something our current population values or even recognizes. What would that include? What would it leave out?
I don't want to say I disagree with you, because I don't really find anything wrong with what you've said. I will just offer a second opinion, and you can take it or leave it.
The British writer G.K. Chesterton, he explained that he came to the Christian faith in the very peculiar method of inventing a new belief system, only to find out that it had been invented thousands of years ago. He came to the same logical conclusions as the Bible, but without ever knowing it was orthodoxy.
He describes it as though he were just some guy getting on a boat to escape his mundane drudgery of a life in a small town, sailing for weeks on end, and then finally arriving in a foreign port. He sees the port from a distance and is amazed by its beauty. He gets off the boat and is surprised to find that everybody in the town seems to speak English, but that just might mean it was once a British colony. So he explores the town and finds it fascinating and wonderful, only to discover in the end that it's his own hometown, only the boat docked at the northern port, which he had never been to, instead of the eastern port, which he was familiar with.
The man thinks he has discovered a brand new foreign city, only to discover it is his own hometown.
I think that is what this article is explaining. India's people see Christianity as a foreign concept, only to discover it's been part of their culture for nearly 2,000 years. They appreciate both more by seeing it from that angle.
You used a phrase that sparked my curiosity. What do you believe "being authentic Christ followers" actually LOOKS like?
Here's why I ask. In Scripture, with which I'm sure you're familiar, Christ Himself said, "I will build a Church, and the gates of hell shall NEVER prevail against it."
This piece of Scripture is what initiated my desire to study Christian history, which is what led me to becoming Orthodox. If Christ said He would build a church, who did he instruct to build it? His Apostles. It is known as the Great Commission: "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel." Which they Apostles did in fact do. Christ also said that the gates of hell would NEVER prevail against this Church, therefore, the Apostolic Church that Christ speaks of erecting MUST BE here among us today, now. Christ is not a liar, and He didn't fail. Therefore I KNEW that the Church Christ speaks of in the New Testament MUST BE still among us today.
That's what prompted my studies and directed my studies. The Church of the New Testament has never been overcome. It has never faded away. It has never ceased existing. It's experienced some gigantic reformations and schisms! But one sect of Christian practice has maintained doctrinal, and practical integrity for 2000 years WITHOUT CHANGE, and that is the Eastern Orthodox Church. No other Church can claim to have existed WITHOUT DOCTRINAL CHANGE since it was founded by an Apostle. Not even Rome.
"I wonder if looking “authentically American” is something that our churches need to worry about at all"
Absolutely not! The ONLY thing our churches should be concerned about is the Word of God and whether they are acting in accordance with it.
Which of Jesus' followers traveled to our great nation to claim it for Christ?
None of them?
Yep. Not one.
October 11, 2016 at 9:45am
Okay, thanks for the pep talk!
 October 11, 2016 at 9:37am
Jackson, you get my rare upvote for this. Decency of both men and women has been a bedrock of this country regardless of politics. Glad you can defend it.
 October 11, 2016 at 9:33am
Please don’t dump all us women in the 50 Shades of Gray basket, Bleahhh…
October 11, 2016 at 9:30am
Mormon CIA operative who worked for Goldman Sachs ??? That’s some kind of perfect storm…
 October 11, 2016 at 9:24am
Y’know, I frequently agree with your comments, but I never upvote them because I can’t bring myself to oink with you. Just sayin’. Perhaps I’m not the only one.
Thanks Bee. Try "Hog Me" Instead. Hug a Vet Today. Oink
October 11, 2016 at 9:20am
Not everyone is forward-thinking enough to see the career advancement opportunities inherent in community organizing…
[-1] October 11, 2016 at 9:16am
Tazers are too often lethal. They do not belong in schools at all. At least with a gun, people know the risks.
 October 11, 2016 at 9:13am
It is culture, not race. The only genetic predisposition to bad behavior is original sin. It is in us all, and only being raised in a civilizing environment squashes those urges. “Lord of the Flies” is what’s going on here. The children have token adults around, but none with real authority, and they know it.
BEE, no, it is race. The abilities or lack thereof of each race creates their own culture. It is the black race that cannot build a "civilizing environment" hence it creates a culture with only "token adults" and no "real authority".
October 11, 2016 at 9:05am
Under communism, if you said the wrong thing in class, your parents could disappear. i imagine that was a strong motivator. Not the right one though.