Rev. Ken, we are much alike in our ways. I wonder how different our ideolgy is.<quoted text>
I've always taken an interest in politics. But, I am not affiliated with a particular political party. The Parties do congeal around a basic world view and these veiws, within the two-party system, do have differences.
But, from the perspective of some others, both Parties appear to be nearly identical. I have some Hindu friends who see American political Parties as "Bobsey-twins."
I agree that there are real and serious issues in America and that there are combined and various elements of classically defined types of government influence at stake. It is normal for a country to have a healthy national pride; even somewhat necessary. But, that need not develop into Fascism. Socrates put the interests of the State above all else and died for it. But, that is not what "Christianity" should be about.
Christianity should be about developing a personal Way that reflects in responsible citizenship.
As for "carnality," obsession with sexual gratification is an unbalanced condition within the psyche. The movie, "The Devil in Miss Jones," was an early XXX venture into the obsessive behavior.
I'd say that Christianity is not about politics. It has no place in politics or government. KiMare's quote from George Washingtion was exactly the sentiment of the Founding Fathers. Keeping religion out of government. Now, to get rid of the GOP, the Tea Party, for their efforts to make government more godly (stated as such, with a small g). This is why I will do what I can do to stop the GOP.
It is bad enough that the likes of a Biblicist has the gaul to make absolute statements as if they were absolute truths, God's precepts when Christianity has falsified so much of the basics of what Christianity was in the beginning. Interpretation after interpretation. Making the Bible say what each Christian wants it to say.
My efforts here is just that, to say to the world that no interpretation represents God. It is all man's perception and that becomes dangerous when a country approaches a marriage between Church and State.
I challenge anyone to define sin as sexual activity. If adultery was a married man messing around with a married woman and, OT men could have as many wives as wanted, as well as concubines then that alone states that men were not adulterers with many wives, concubines, women as long as they did not mess with married women. Today we see more than one wife as against the law, as adultery as if today's standards define what the sin was in the OT. Only one example of man's interpretation of what God may or may not say.
I suggest that God said nothing about sexuality. Neither the Bible, OT or NT, nor God. Only man has said anything about sexuality. Augustine did a great diservice to human sexuality.
I get what marriage means to me. I've been with one woman and I committed to her even before I kissed her. I would never divorce my wife and leave her out on the street, so to speak. My marriage is a committment. A life long committment. There is great symbolism in our marriage that presents all the virtues that that Bible catalogues. These catalogues define what we call love today. If one looks towards the Bible to explain life then one realizes that in the beginning the Bible spoke of man's relationship with God.
Similarly what is defined by the catalagues of vices defines sin.
Sin and love. All about relationships. About justice. About life.
Not about moralism.