Meaning

Scrummy Texan actress Renee Zellweger has married some country singer bloke. Having been previously abandoned by both Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow, my life has lost what little meaning it had left :-( .

And on a more serious note, my posting of yesterday got a few of you going: Firstly to reply to Mort’s point, he WAS invited to speak to the senate: If you invite a Christian preacher to speak, you can’t really complain when they preach Christianity. As for “talking to the people, asking them to think on something or question things“, I think that’s exactly what he was doing – if he’d wanted to address his words only to God, he could have done it silently in the privacy of his own personal daily prayers. Make no mistake, those words were addressed to the legislators who heard them.

Nick the Greek describes the Rev Wright’s Christianity as a “lifestyle choice”. I don’t believe it is, or can be – I didn’t choose to become a Christian: Once I realised the truth of the Word of the Bible (and that didn’t happen to me until I was 28, I wasn’t brainwashed as a kid), it was the only possible way forward for me. I didn’t choose to believe what I believe, any more than I choose to believe that Tony Blair is the Prime Minister – it’s just a fact, and I have to plan my life’s actions around it. Don’t get me wrong, I know that many people live good lives, helping others and hurting no-one, without believing in Christianity, but I don’t think you can truly believe in Christianity without adopting the lifestyle that comes with it.

Nick’s other point is right, though – a lot of evil has been done in the name of “religion” – the Inquisition, the treatment of single mothers by the Catholic churches in past years, the Twin Towers – none of you really need me to make a list. I can’t speak for other faiths, because I don’t know enough about them, but I think most people could point to some of the acts of the Christian churches and say “Jesus wouldn’t have wanted that to happen”. But in saying that we have to study the true Jesus: Yes, he was a man who prevented the stoning of an adultress; a man who openly welcomed sinners into his inner circle, a man who befriended the outcasts of society (and the world would be a better place if a few more of us were prepared to do that, me included). But he was also the man who told the adultress “Go and sin no more”, he was the man who turned the moneychangers out of the temple, the man who wasn’t afraid to tell world leaders where they were failing to follow the will of God.

My praise of yesterday was for a man who wasn’t afraid to stand up for what he believes in: A man who wasn’t prepared to compromise in the name of popularity. I pray that if I’m ever tested I prove to be as strong.

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