Here’s one for you:
How many times have you sat in church and heard the preacher say that the ancient old Testament cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God because of their sexual immorality? How many times have you heard a preacher on the radio or on TV say something like, “If we don’t stop the homosexuals and their agenda in this country and God doesn’t destroy the US, God owes Sodom and Gomorrah and apology!!!”? It’s obvious, right? I mean Sodom must have been the most evil because it’s where we get the common term for male, homosexual intercourse, right? (hint: add a “y” at the end)
See if this blows your mind like it did mine. The prophet, Ezekial, is saying these are God’s actual words:
Ezekial 16:49 ” ‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen. (The text is the New International Version. The emphasis is mine.)
Hmm…where does God say Sodom’s sins were the “sicko pervert homosexuals”? the “fags”? the “cross-dressers”? That’s odd. This passage doesn’t mention ANY of those things.
Arrogant? Overfed? Unconcerned? They didn’t help the poor and needy…? Whose sins do those sound like…? Here’s some more to think about:
-The wealthiest 5th of the world’s people consume 86 percent of all goods and services, while the poorest 5th consume 1 percent.
-The U.S. spends 10 billion annually on foreign aid. Americans spend 33 billion annually on diet and weight loss products.
-The average church in America spends around 95% of their budget on internal administration, staff, and building expenses.
-In N.W. Arkansas, just among 4 prominent churches, over $50 million dollars will be spent to construct new church buildings. (one of these churches’ pastor is so concerned about the “homosexual agenda” that he wrote a book about it in the last year…)
-If everybody in America who calls themselves Christians actually gave a tithe (10%) of their income, the American church would have $143 Billion more money every year than it does.
-U.N. estimates that $60-$70 billion would provide access to basic services like education and health care to all the poor of the earth. ($143-$60= we’d have a lot left over and we would have done something actually good in the world instead of just adding more church buildings and parking lots…)
-Hunger could be eliminated worldwide by 2015 if every American would give .14 cents a day – $51 .00 per year.
This is what church should be about. This is what Christianity should be about. Why are homophobic, hate-filled, idiot biggots being the loudest representative of what the church is “about”?
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(a friend compiled these statistics and I copied them. So, I don’t have documentation as to the accuracy of all this, but it’s coming from a trusted source. And I could get the documentation if anybody wants to get cagey.)