Page 1 of 6 1234 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 9 of 95

Thread: If you ain't Christian-you ain't my brother

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Olympic Champ r.payton@att.net's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Danville .Indiana
    Posts
    8,718

    Default If you ain't Christian-you ain't my brother

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ? Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley told a church crowd just moments into his new administration that those who have not accepted [COLOR=#366388 ! important][COLOR=#366388 ! important]Jesus[/COLOR][/COLOR] as their savior are not his brothers and sisters, shocking some critics who questioned Tuesday whether he can be fair to non-Christians.
    "Anybody here today who has not accepted [COLOR=#366388 ! important][COLOR=#366388 ! important]Jesus [COLOR=#366388 ! important]Christ[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister, and I want to be your brother," Bentley said Monday, his inauguration day, according to The [COLOR=#366388 ! important][COLOR=#366388 ! important]Birmingham [COLOR=#366388 ! important]News[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR].
    The Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday called Bentley's remarks shocking.
    "His comments are not only offensive, but also raise serious questions as to whether non-Christians can expect to receive equal treatment during his tenure as governor," said Bill Nigut, the ADL's regional direc

  2. #2

    Default Re: If you ain't Christian-you ain't my brother

    How can people mis-represent Christianity so horribly?
    To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

  3. #3
    Ancient Arachnid Spider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    5,424

    Default Re: If you ain't Christian-you ain't my brother

    Just a very stupid thing for a public official to say.
    Atrophy: what you get when you win atournament.

  4. #4
    NCAA Champ WhippetGrappler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Moved to Suffolk, VA
    Posts
    1,281

    Default Re: If you ain't Christian-you ain't my brother

    According to the Bible his statement is correct. But of course, anti-Christian people will take it out of context!!
    BRUTUS BUCKEYE WILL TAKE YOU DOWN...

  5. #5

    Default Re: If you ain't Christian-you ain't my brother

    Quote Originally Posted by WhippetGrappler View Post
    According to the Bible his statement is correct. But of course, anti-Christian people will take it out of context!!
    I agree that according to the Bible, he is correct. But, there is supposed to be a seperation between church and state for this very reason. If I weren't Christian and heard my governor say that then I would feel as though he doesn't have my best intrests in mind. He probably didn't mean it that way, but he won't be able to convince an atheist, Jew or muslim what he meant. Not a wise move at all.

  6. #6
    Ancient Arachnid Spider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    5,424

    Default Re: If you ain't Christian-you ain't my brother

    Quote Originally Posted by WhippetGrappler View Post
    According to the Bible his statement is correct. But of course, anti-Christian people will take it out of context!!
    My criticism isn't anti-Christian or even anti-religion at all. It just isn't appropriate for a politician whose job it is to represent all the people equally to publicly claim that he feels closer to members of his religion than to non-believers, even if it's true. He has every right to express his religious beliefs, but why would he go out of his way to put down people who don't share them? As I said above, it's just plain stupid.
    Atrophy: what you get when you win atournament.

  7. #7

    Default Re: If you ain't Christian-you ain't my brother

    Quote Originally Posted by WhippetGrappler View Post
    According to the Bible his statement is correct. But of course, anti-Christian people will take it out of context!!
    I am not really sure how you would take this out of context. "I belong to a certain group. If you don't belong to that group, you are a them, not an us." This is coming from the individual that, argueably, will have the greatest influence over how things will be decided in his state.
    As a non-Christian, I assure you I would take offence at a comment like this coming from my governor, or from any other political office holder that represented me. Change the name of the group and see if it doesn't become offensive. "I'm a caucasian (black, oriental, Native American, etc.) . . ., I'm gay (straight, transgender, lesbian, etc.). . ., I'm Mexican (Irish, Vietnamese, etc.). . . I'm a Notre Dame fan (no, that is too far a stretch.) Of course it is offensive coming from any representative of the PEOPLE to establish those kinds of boundries.

    R.I.P. Cyrano and Roxanne.

  8. #8

    Default Re: If you ain't Christian-you ain't my brother

    Quote Originally Posted by M Richardson View Post
    I am not really sure how you would take this out of context. "I belong to a certain group. If you don't belong to that group, you are a them, not an us." This is coming from the individual that, argueably, will have the greatest influence over how things will be decided in his state.
    As a non-Christian, I assure you I would take offence at a comment like this coming from my governor, or from any other political office holder that represented me. Change the name of the group and see if it doesn't become offensive. "I'm a caucasian (black, oriental, Native American, etc.) . . ., I'm gay (straight, transgender, lesbian, etc.). . ., I'm Mexican (Irish, Vietnamese, etc.). . . I'm a Notre Dame fan (no, that is too far a stretch.) Of course it is offensive coming from any representative of the PEOPLE to establish those kinds of boundries.
    Yes.

    It's also questionable Christianity. "Love your neighbour as yourself."

  9. #9
    Olympic Champ kr1963's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Clearwater, Florida, United States
    Posts
    7,028

    Default Re: If you ain't Christian-you ain't my brother

    Honestly I am not offended but what he says because I understand the actual sentiment of what it expresses: the desire for someone else to know what you know.

    I don't think it is a comment upon his ability to be even handed with those of other faiths (or lack thereof) but merely a sincere wish for another person's salvation. How he represented that thought is another story. And whether it was actually appropriate for him as Governor to express a deeply personal view is another subject all together.

    I think that he obviously didn't take into account that some people "might" be offended by what he was going to say; that or else he didn't care. I really think that if that is how he truly feels then maybe he is in the wrong profession & he should have become a Preacher. But I am betting that he felt that this was the Lord's calling to run for office & service people in that way.

    There is also the quote in the new testament "“Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s”Matthew 22:21. That statement probably had more to do with the now well debated idea of the separation of Church & State then anything else in our lives as the constitution was demonstrably written by a majority of Christian men.

    It is funny how people are so quick to turn what probably was @ best a miscalculated political move (professional mistake) into a reason to label him a "demagogue." I think many of these groups that are so concerned about their own rights do so quite often with the intent to suppress the rights of others. The ADL & AIPAC are "wonderful" about that.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •