Shameful Christianity: Letting the House Burn...

My friend Becca sent me this link a few days ago.  It's just the sort of rationalization and justification the church too often goes out of its way to shock the world with... as if Christians needed to give the world more reasons to be disgusted:
The fire department was called when Gene Cranick’s grandson accidentally set his property on fire, but made no attempt to extinguish the flames, for the simple reason that they had no legal or moral authority or responsibility to do so. When the fire endangered the property of Cranick’s neighbor, who had paid the $75 fee, the fire department swung into action and put out the fire on the neighbor’s property. Cranick’s home meanwhile, burned to the ground after his family had fled for safety.  
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The fire department did the right and Christian thing. The right thing, by the way, is also the Christian thing, because there can be no difference between the two. The right thing to do will always be the Christian thing to do, and the Christian thing to do will always be the right thing to do.
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So Jesus died because he loved people who didn't deserve it. People who didn't take responsibility for themselves, or for anyone else. That's a hard banner to rally under.  Even Peter ran and hid when the shit got too real. So what exactly does "the Christian thing" mean?

7 comments:

Ted said...

Yeah, because loving your neighbor means watching their $#%$% house burn.

jpaparone said...

The guy you're linking to is a real piece of work. He recently wrote about how the Medal of Honor should stop being awarded for saving lives and instead be awarded for taking lives. Check out a discussion of it (I won't link his actual blog because it makes me want to puke)

http://pastoralia.org/church/i-have-come-that-they-may-kick-ass-and-kick-ass-to-the-full

Joe P

WKen said...

I saw that quote on Tea Party Jesus a while ago ... rather stunning.

This is a perfect example of how the "marriage" between the religious and political right is toxic for the Church. There's no way that that kind of thinking is remotely Biblical ... but it plays well with the self-reliant, law-and-order, social Darwinist politics of the Right.

Andrea said...

I'm ashamed to say this is my state. I felt physically ill when I first saw this in the news. I don't understand how a person can reach the low that those firemen had to have been at to just watch a person's house burn. It makes me really, really want karma to be a real thing.

arw1985 said...

Well, I went into the article with an open mind about this dude was saying. At the end, my mind closed up. Why in the heck does this dude think that the fire department was in the right? They surely weren't in the Christian right. I don't think the guy heard about "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Apparently, those firefighters didn't.

Peter J Walker said...

Everyone here: thanks for the comments. You're capturing my feelings perfectly. Yikes.

Lutestring said...

bleeeeeeeeeeeeech.

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