In 2002 we ran away from Illinois where we were born and raised, and started a new life in SW Florida. This blog is about me (an eccentric old artist), ROM (my Real Old Man), Isabella (our neurotic Standard Poodle) and Emmy (our crazy snake killing Jack Russell Terrier). Oh- and the neighborhood old people. Life is good in Florida!

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Where Is That Christian Faith?

As a liberal and an atheist, I'm used to being in the minority- even within my own family. I've always lived in predominately conservative Christian areas, first in the Midwest and now in Florida. And over the years, many of my friends have been conservatives and Christians. Though we disagreed about political issues and religion, we shared many of the same values. I don't believe Jesus Christ was the son of God, but I love the values he was said to promote- love of others (altruism), turn the other cheek (forgiveness), cast not the first stone (be judgmental and pick fights on Twitter), and help those in need. And don't kill anyone. These are common values and beliefs that many people across the world share, people of all races and religions. 

As read Twitter today I couldn't help but notice the irony that I hold more of the Christian values that Jesus supposedly  taught than many of the self proclaimed Christians tweeting about the terrorism in France, Muslims and the Syrian refugee crisis. I truly believe that if the Jesus Christ I was told about in childhood Sunday School lived today he would welcome the Syrian refugees. Yes, it's possible some terrorists could sneak in as refugees. But is that our ultimate goal in life- to be safe? According to the stories about Jesus I've heard, he was quite a risk taker. Do we want to be remembered as the people who played it safe or the people who took chances in the face of danger in hopes of making the world a better place?


I have a hard time believing the Christian savoir I was taught about as a little girl would turn away the thousands of desperate innocent men, women and children fleeing the very terrorism we fear. Have we really become so fearful? I remember being told when debating Christians about the existence of God and Christ, that I had to have faith to believe. I now ask those Christians who say we must turn away all the Syrian and Muslim refugees for fear of terrorists entering our country- where is that faith you speak of? Is it possible that I believe and have more faith in the innate goodness of most people than you have in your God and Savior? 

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  1. Damn, I've been taken to church by an athiest. I really don't know how I feel about the refugees. I go back and forth.

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    1. LOL! Did I sound preachy? My church is the beach and the Gulf of Mexico. If you "go back and forth" at least you're thinking about the issues and not just reacting to fear. I know this is a complex situation with no quick and easy answers. But let us remember we're talking about human beings- people whose homes and lives have been destroyed by warfare, people who are fleeing from the very terrorism we fear.

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  2. ROH, again.. you bring the voice to reason which I have a hard time sharing my views because it makes you look like a sympathiser to terrorism and people not understanding the root cause of how we got here. You seem to circumvent the root cause because its too complex for most, but ask for humanity to shelter and protect the innocent. Thats all we can ask for right now.. Humanity must prevail over fear mongers.. Here here..

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    1. You're so right, Ima. It is very complex issue that has been in the making for many years and when we look at the big picture we must admit that our government and other western governments have played a big part in destabilizing the Middle East. I could write nonstop for weeks on what has brought us to this moment, but like you said it's now about our humanity. I fear the loss of our humanity much more than I fear terrorists.

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    2. I share the same fear ROH and our lack of humanity will encourage more war and terrorism.

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  3. As a Catholic, I absolutely agree with you, ROH. People are reacting out of fear and I must admit, I have fear too. But, it is not fear of the refugees. It is the fear that our government won't properly vet the people seeking refuge here. They need to employ whatever procedures are used whenever anyone immigrates here to do as much as possible to safeguard our citizens. Both my faith in this country and the principles on which it was founded and my faith in God tells me these people should be admitted and helped to establish decent lives here. We cannot change the basis of our nation because of this situation, but it doesn't mean we have to be stupid about it either. Welcome the refugees and vet them to insure the safety of our people, as much as is possible. That's the right course of action, in my opinion. Love this piece!

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    1. Yes, there's nothing wrong with being careful and doing what we can to vet the refugees we allow into our country. But I also believe terrorists will always find a way in and some are probably already here. The world has changed so much in our life time and now we have to decide how much we are willing to change. I hope we Americans can hang on to our best attributes- compassion, empathy, and charity.

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    2. Well said Bobbi. I agree. I feel horrible for the refugees- at the same time I am scared shitless. One thing I realized we should be more scared of is home grown radicals.
      Most of the refugees don't want to come here and they want to go home.
      Five years ago, I would never have thought ISIS would be what it is.
      I remember celebrating on Twitter with ROH when Obama won in 2012. My mind sure has changed since then.
      Regardless, ROH once again you make a great point- you are a level headed person, why can't we have politicians like that? LOL.

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  4. Could I have been more repetitive? I need a larger box so I can see what I've written! lol

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    1. LOL! You're right- I have to wear my reading glasses to type in these little boxes and actually see what I'm writing.

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  5. ROH,
    It's all about Politics in the end.

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