The Christian Thing To Do...
April 18, 2010 12:10pm CST
Remember those WWJD letters monogrammed or engraved on bracelets that stood for What Would Jesus Do? They say that trend came about so that the forgetful may be constantly reminded of what the savior would do in case he'd get caught in situations wherein he must make a critical choice. For the christians out there, what would you do when faced with a choice that you know would be for the good but isn't the popular one? say for example, the constant rejection of the roman catholics of the idea of artificial birth control and modern family planning for an over-populated nation who can't even rise above poverty and feed/provide for their children? what is the christian thing to do? please stay away from ubiquitous answers like pray for their sould etcetera...
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• United States
19 Apr 10
Well...I used to fall in line with the population control ideas of the rich and powerful but lately I thinks its a bunch of crap. The reason we don't have enough food to go around and have people starving is because we have given all the power to the rich and greedy who starve others for their own gain. WWJD? He would drive them out of our midst like he did in the temple and expose them for their lies and sins and show us how all the poor are the same and these rich people who are in change who start wars and make the poor fight for them are sons of the devil.
19 Apr 10
that is quite a valid point there... the ones who do control the resources are the ones getting the better end of the bargain. I'm a roman catholic and i see myself in no other church that this one but I do not agree with their stand on birth control. In the ideal world i'm envisioning,i want religion to take the stand that it is better to avoid hunger and suffering through wise humanitarian choices than be bound by too much moral laws. i would much rather spare the innocent any hunger than bring them into a world that can never take care of them. then agin, here we are and as human beings,as much as we have the capacity to heal, we also have the capacity to show love -charity in it's basest form- in ways that still surprise the cynics out there. oh yeah, I'd like JC to do a Jesus Christ Superstar in the temple with all the modern trash and trappings...
19 Apr 10
Yes, I can feel the uncertainty in your heart about your religion.Religion has always had many uncertainties in it. We are asked to forget about these, by having Faith. But Faith doesn't measure up either. Faith is not going to help with the birth control issue or overpopulation in a poor country. I was religious as a young man, but I got tired of the rhetoric, the overworked cliches, and I walked away from My religion. I left the Church, and began a study of Spirituality. Soon I made friends with God, and we began a friendship that has lasted over 50 years. I no longer depend on a Pastor or Priest to forgive my sins. My God will do it for me, and I'm living Happily ever after!
20 Apr 10
i still like staying within my religious fold, there are obligations to my church that i take great pleasure in participating. i look forward to taking out my religious images for holy week processions and i am an advocate of the study of religious art and symbolism in terms of a cultural and anthropological study...i guess i find my spiritual connection through that. i was taught by the Jesuits who instilled in me the ability to doubt, thus there was a point in my life when i thought religion was pointless...but i found my way back. spirituality is indeed a personal journey
• United States
23 Apr 10
The Christian thing to do is to do what the Bible says. It doesn't matter what the "church" says if it differs from God's word, but if they show you scripture for why they say you should do a certain thing, then you need to obey the Bible, and not worry about what seems good for the world. God has it all in control, the world is not going to get so overpopulated that God cannot control it. The outcome is already planned... I am not a Catholic, and never have been, but I have read in the Bible where God tells us over and over that children are a blessing, that they are God's reward, and Malachi 2:14-16 tells us that the whole reason for marriage and becoming "one" is to raise up Godly offspring for God. There are families who are not Christian who do not follow God, and sometimes the children of those people suffer. Third world countries where they worship idols and have sacred cows that eat the food meant for people suffer. But if we follow God, read, know and obey our Bibles, then God is faithful to give us what we need - maybe not all that we WANT, but always what we NEED! I have ten children. I believe in God, follow him faithfully, and he has never let us down. I do have to be frugal, and we don't live like the rest of the world, but I don't believe God wants us to live like the rest of the world! And before I get fussed at, let me say that seven of my children are biological, and my youngest three are adopted from the foster care system. In addition to my ten children, I have fostered more than fifty children over my married life. It can be done, and it's a wonderful life, if we all do our part.