SOUNDBITES — “My faith, moved by the teachings of Christ and the life of compassion he modeled, requires me to speak out for justice on behalf of all who are socially and economically marginalized in our society. Time and again the gospels remind us that whatever wrong we do to the “least of these” we do unto Christ. As Christians we are bound to one another, to God, and people of all faiths when we honor the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.” As heirs to these prophetic traditions we must demand equality for all in the American work force.” —Southside Christian Church minister Martha Carroll, in Indiana, on why her faith teaches she must support employment non-discrimination laws (via)
minister Martha Carroll
Mike in Asheville
Wow, a Christian who believes in Christ!
Of course the good minister doesn’t speak for “true” Christians because: 1) she’s a she, and everyone knows that only men can speak the words of God; 2) the calls of all those onward Christians soldiers, you know, the legions who continue the work of the armies that Christ led fearlessly against the oppressors, will shout her down; 3) everyone knows that the Old Testament, with all its prohibitions against what to eat, what to wear, how to cut your hair, no dancing, drinking, oh, and no killing, stealing, and adultery, those are really only guidelines, whereas all that homo stuff is an abomination … yada yada yada …
Well at least one true Christian, I guess that is a start.
@Mike in Asheville: I couldn’t say it any better. God Bless this lady.
According to Queerty, her name is a lower-case letter s.
According to the source, it is Martha Carroll.
It makes me very happy when you guys post something that explains why some of us have chosen to have faith. I know my posts may get irritating to people who don’t believe in God or have little tolerance for Christians, but this is the true ideals of our faith.
Sometimes you guys post stuff that shows Christians to be totally batshit (and usually you’re right), at other times you show the point of view that is a little more friendly to us. Thanks for balancing the two (even if you don’t believe in our faith).
A fix in response to a comment! Thanks, Queerty!
Thank you, both to Martha Carroll and to Queerty.
Transformation will not be true if one is coerced by politically enforced laws. For those who believe in the Word, politics and the laws derived from it are inferior. Martha Carroll must be knowing this.
Alfonzo, We don’t choose to have faith. We are given faith and we choose whether or not to acknowledge it. If you are looking for “friendly”, prepare yourself for disappointment.
We are born good and with compassion for the disenfranchised, we don’t need religion if we feel empathy. Many Doctors Behind Borders who give their lives to helping people are atheists.
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