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No. 385 Nov 25th, 2012

The Misery Index
A Look At Biblical Tithing

Fear Of Flying
A Tale of Two Movies

Old Rich White Men
The Fiscal Crisis

The Sons of Anak
The Lesson of The Ten

This Foolishness With Vampires
The Lasting Damage of A Mythologized Christianity

Sunday At The Movies

Our Sunday Worship Becoming Escapism

As I write this, Israel and Hamas, the ruling political party of the Palestinian people, have been shooting at each other for three days. The conflict threatens to provoke a wider war. I’m quite sure white pastors across the country will invest their Sunday sermons with talk of Armageddon and why we must back Israel unconditionally. Many black pastors may do this as well, but my experience has been Sunday, for us, has devolved through the generations from a War Room combat briefing to purer escapism, with fairly little in the way of current events finding its way into the pastor’s sermons or pulpit remarks. Maybe your black pastor is more progressive than what I’ve been seeing, but, around here, anyway, my sense of it is these gentlemen don’t keep themselves well-informed about much outside of the city limits. Most of my Church Folk friends have only some vague notion of something going on “over there,” but can discuss, in exhausting detail, what's been happening on The Voice.

This is what fascinates me so much about our Sunday morning racial divide: how invested many white churches are in what’s going on around them and how disconnected most black churches I know are. We seem invested in escapism: putting on our little show, a refuge from the world as we strap on our blinders and crank up the Hammond B3. But, beloved, the Church—God’s Church—was never meant to be a place of escapism, but a community of investment in each other’s lives. It’s not to be this place where we come and we’re entertained, but a place where our drained batteries are recharged: where we are refilled, reformed, and rededicated. I doubt there are six black churches where the ongoing tragic conflict will even be mentioned, Sunday, while I’m confident every single white church in town will at least mention it, some with color slides and informative details of what’s going on and why it matters. Many white churches across the nation will add color slides of the bombing along with scary sound and lighting effects and talk of Armageddon. That's fringe thinking.

House Democrats Defend Susan Rice

A dozen female members of the House staunchly defended U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice against Republican criticism over her remarks on the deadly Sept. 11 Libya attack, suggesting the GOP lawmakers’ comments were racist and sexist. Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham earlier this week called Rice untrustworthy and unqualified to be the nation’s top diplomat if President Barack Obama chooses her to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The House women, a majority of them African-American, lashed out at McCain and Graham and demanded that they retract their criticism.
     “To batter this woman because they don’t feel they have the ability to batter President Obama is something we the women are not going to stand by and watch,” said Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis.
     At issue are Rice’s statements in a series of television interviews five days after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Republicans insist that she should have labeled the incident an act of terrorism rather than cite a protest over an anti-Muslim video that had roiled cities in the Middle East.  READ FULL ARTICLE

Graham: “Not Christians’ Fault” Obama Won

The outspoken [bigot --Ed.] Rev. Franklin Graham claimed today that the “majority of Christians” did not vote. “We know that from of the statistics that I’ve heard that the majority of Christians in this country just did not vote for whatever reason,” he told the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody. [Editor's note: here Graham is clearly talking about *white evangelical* Christians, dismissing the rest of us. every Christian I know voted]  “The vast majority of evangelicals did not go to the polls.” He added, “Now, I’m not trying to tell you how to vote, you can vote, but vote, my goodness, and vote for candidates that stand for Biblical values.”
     But Graham’s assertion and implication that had white Christian evangelicals just showed up in bigger numbers, President Obama would have lost is off base. In fact, white evangelicals / born-again Christians made up the same percentage of the electorate as they did in 2008 – 26%. They voted for Mitt Romney, a devout Mormon, by a wider margin than they did for Sen. John McCain four years ago.   READ FULL ARTICLE

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