i can't believe this kid turned out well at all. and he's obviously gay i can tell by looking at him. he's so pretty and gorgeous.
Christianity in Crisis
All of which is to say something so obvious it is almost taboo: Christianity itself is in crisis. It seems no accident to me that so many Christians now embrace materialist self-help rather than ascetic self-denial—or that most Catholics, even regular churchgoers, have tuned out the hierarchy in embarrassment or disgust. Given this crisis, it is no surprise that the fastest-growing segment of belief among the young is atheism, which has leapt in popularity in the new millennium. Nor is it a shock that so many have turned away from organized Christianity and toward “spirituality,” co-opting or adapting the practices of meditation or yoga, or wandering as lapsed Catholics in an inquisitive spiritual desert. The thirst for God is still there. How could it not be, when the profoundest human questions—Why does the universe exist rather than nothing? How did humanity come to be on this remote blue speck of a planet? What happens to us after death?—remain as pressing and mysterious as they’ve always been?
That’s why polls show a huge majority of Americans still believing in a Higher Power. But the need for new questioning—of Christian institutions as well as ideas and priorities—is as real as the crisis is deep.
you’re article couldn’t have come at a better time for me cause I have been struggling to get into the christmas mood this year. well suddenly I feel real good about things cause I’m going to do a few things different and maybe for the first time this christmas I’ll actually be a christian. my buddies that I go out with are mostly christian and most of them are cops too, and I’m goin to forward this webpage to them and tell them that they better read it and its time we all stopped trashing on others when we’re together. to be honest I usually would be scared to do that but something you wrote really rocked me and now it would be scary NOT to do that.
So anyways I’ve told my sister before that I have a hard time with the way some of the marines treat each other and she sends me your post about being Christian unless your gay and of course I had to read it because it’s been something I’ve been thinking of a lot. Well I couldn’t cry cause then I’d get the shit kicked out of me but I sure wanted to and I decided right then that I wasn’t going to put up with this shit anymore and that I would be the one to stop this kind of stuff.
Well sure enough another marine starts picking on this same guy and I can see that it’s going to get ugly again if I don’t do something and so I go and push him away and he looks at me like I’m crazy and I just say, knock it off man. It kind of ends for a minute and then this guy starts getting pissed and starts going after this other guy again and so I walk over and I push him off again and this time I grab his necklace that I knew he was wearing that had a cross on it and I pull it out from his shirt and I push it against his chest and I say why the hell do you even wear this man?
Well he got really pissed and took a swing at me but the other marines pulled him off and one of them said he’s right man it’s not cool and this guy went for a walk to cool off. Then he comes back in and tells me that he’s sorry and that I’m right we shouldn’t be doing that to eachother and then he goes to the guy that he’s always making fun of and tells him he’s sorry and that he won’t have any more problems from him and I haven’t seen any more problems going on but its like ever since then everybody is being way nicer to eachother and this guy that hasn’t had any friends is suddenly becoming part of our platoon.
1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.
8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. 
15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.
16 “Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.’ 17 You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? 18 You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.’ 19 You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And anyone who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. 22 And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it.
23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
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