Religion like in the good old days

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HEADLINE: “In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace”

OPENING CONTENT: “The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade.”

Who thinks Christians are a Resource …?

The samples from these political polls are not as large as the Landscape Studies (even when all of the political polls conducted in a year are combined), but together, 88 surveys from 2009 to 2019 included interviews with 168,890 Americans.

So let’s slice and dice …

Religious “nones” are growing faster among Democrats than Republicans, though their ranks are swelling in both partisan coalitions … Furthermore, the data shows a wide gap between older Americans (Baby Boomers and members of the Silent Generation) and Millennials in their levels of religious affiliation and attendance …  The data suggests that Christians are declining not just as a share of the U.S. adult population, but also in absolute numbers …  Catholics no longer constitute a majority of the U.S. Hispanic population …  There is still a gender gap in American religion …  Religious “nones” now make up fully one-third of Democrats …  The religious profile of white Democrats is very different from the religious profile of racial and ethnic minorities within the Democratic Party …  The share of U.S. adults who are white born-again or evangelical Protestants now stands at 16%, down from 19% a decade ago … 

 

In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

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Is this what it’s all about?
The labels and percentages.  The numbers and the affiliations.
Keeps them from seeing Love.
Keeps you from being Love

You think you are persecuted?
You are a Resource.

 

 

Just like the good old days.

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I didn’t want to do this

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English for dummies: “I have one sheep. I have many sheep. You have one ship. You have many ship. We have one sleep. We have many sleep.”

You are now proficient in English. Please go and teach all those johnny-foreigners how to speak it as well!

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Pastor Roland Ledoux wrote a stonking post yesterday. I was in complete, ecstatic, orgasmic spiritual lust with Roland yesterday (and if that’s not okay – don’t care)!

One letter. Just one letter! Vessel. Vassal. The difference in one letter is MASSIVE!! The Lord has been doing a jig around my heart and desk and keyboard and head ever since I read Roland’s words.

Last night as I slept, God Soft Hands Jesus didn’t. He was dancing all night long in one paragraph of Roland’s post.  This one:

“Being obligated to someone does not equate to unconditional “agape” love! Unconditional means just that; NOT expecting anything in return. You can know that Heaven is involved, but even if it wasn’t, unconditional love says you would love anyway! You love someone for who they are, not for what you can get. A vassal will always expect something in return and a vassal’s lord will always expect to give something in return for that loyalty!”
(read the full version here: Vessels or Vassals: Pastor Roland Ledoux)

Last night as I slept, God Soft Hands Jesus didn’t. He was embroidering just one bit, in that one paragraph, of Roland’s post.

Paul: (snoring lightly – but ever so elegantly)

God Soft Hands Jesus: (dancing lightly – but ever so enthusiastically) So imagine this dear “snoring Paul”: There is no heaven. There is no God, Jesus or Holy Spirit. There is no Church. There is no Institution, denomination or dogma. There are none of the trappings you all join or love or resist and/or criticise. There is nothing – and no one – to blame. There is nothing – and no one – to applaud. There is no eternal living. There is no living happily after. Being saved does not mean a ticket through the Pearly Gates. There are no Pearly Gates.  So you have nothing to look forward to after you breathe your last breath. What you see here is all you get. What you have now is all you have. What you are is down to you – and no one else. Your relationships are Your Relationships. So where do you go when you die? You don’t go anywhere. You stop. You are no more. You end.  Unconditional love says you would love anyway.

Unconditional love says you would love anyway.

This morning I didn’t want to do this.  I have a list of things to clear today.  I have commitments right through to bedtime.  I don’t want to be here writing a post – not today.  But when I sat here with today’s lectionary verses, GSHJ pulled me on to the dance floor.  He wrapped that sentence around us – and …

Here I am.

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Discipling for dummies: “I have been saved. I have been many saved. You have one saved. You have many saved. We have one save. We have many save.”

You are now proficient in discipling. Please go and teach all those sinners to be disciples as well!

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Vessel. Vassal. One letter. Just one letter! The difference in one letter is MASSIVE!!

If there is no heaven, no reward, no eternal life … just what is it you will be saving them from and for? Just what is your foundation of “discipling” and “making disciples”? If you have really and truly “got it” with all this God stuff – then why not try taking God out of your sales pitch.

Have you heard the Good News?
No – what’s that all about?
Unconditional Love, my brother! That’s the Good News! I can save love you!!
How does that work?
Easy! You become a vassal vessel, you empty yourself of everything, and allow God Unconditional Love to fill you up and guide you!
To do what?
To love everybody!
Who is everybody?
“Everybody” is “Everybody”!
What’s in it for me?
Everlasting life for eternity …. ah crap! I can’t use that anymore …
Can’t use what?
Nothing. I was just having a senior moment!
So what is in it for me? What do I get out of it?
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You will be save … ah crap again!
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You can come and join us in chur … ah Nuts!
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The bible says so …. Doh! And Doh again!!
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Try taking God out of YOUR sales pitch and what are YOU left with – and just WHO are you left with?  That – for me – is why HE was dancing all night.

Discipling is NOT a sales pitch.  God is NOT an investment portfolio.   Love is NOT conditional.  That is “vassal love”.

“Vessel Love” is unconditional love is – because Unconditional Love says you would love anyway.

(Now is it okay to be in complete spiritual LOVE with Roland? Because lust is not enough – lust doesn’t do it for me – but unconditional love does)