I put this post up last night.
Then, I deleted it.
I decided to sleep on it.
What is my motivation?
Am I just trying to stir the pot?
Do I risk offending people?
The night before, Todd and I had an amazing discussion about Jesus. About religion. About how our current administration has taken Jesus and used His name to do its bidding. About how a whole nation has been hoodwinked into thinking they are not Godly or patriotic if they don't practice Christianity or if they happen to interpret its message differently than some do.
Recently I felt myself reluctant to sing the Star Spangled Banner at an event because I am so ashamed of my country. Ashamed that we didn't collectively take a stand at the beginning of this war and say "Hell no!" Ashamed that some lives (including the unborn) are given more value than others. Iraqi civilians are snuffed out with a shrug, like it's nothing. As a country we don't take care of the children we do have. Katrina. Our inner cities. Our rural poor. It is sickening.
It's morning. Sunday morning, and I'm going to go ahead and post. In a way...it feels like I'm standing up for Jesus if I do. It's the least I could do for such a good Friend.
If you follow Kelly's link, make sure you stay through to the end. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go get my kids ready for church.
Here it is:
For those of you (Christian and non-Christian alike) discouraged by the high-jacking of Jesus by religious extremists, check out this Bill Maher clip at Kellyology.