Feb 022017
 

Tony Perkins – hateful pastor

children at Auchwitz who were rescued by the Russians – people like Perkins, in this case Hitler, took away their freedom.

There is absolutely no recorded stories of Jesus taking away another’s person’s rights to freedom.  He got angry with the money sellers, but he did not take their freedom away.  There is no recordings of him wanting to jail the money sellers.  He was angry at Pharisees (who were hypocrites) but he never asked for them to be jailed or murdered!  If anything, Jesus had a respect for people who differed from him in race or opinion.

Nazi Germany and the elimination of Jews:

Tony, Nazi Germany arose from people protesting against buying from Jews. At the same time, Jews were denied accommodation and employment.  The final step – killing Jews!

Tony, please read the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

“A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of brigands; they took all he had, beat him and made off, leaving him half dead. Now a priest happened to be travelling down the same road, but when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite who came to the place saw him, and passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion when he saw him. He went up and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. He then lifted him on to his own mount, carried him to the inn and looked after him. Next day he took out two denarii and handed them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him.’ he said ‘and on my way back I will make good any extra expense you have.’ Which of these three, do you think proved himself a neighbor to the man who fell in the brigands’ hands?. . .Go and do the same yourself. ”

This parable is widely known, but the significance of what Jesus was teaching has been lost to a generation that defines a Good Samaritan as “a person who is unselfish in helping others.”  Although it is a story about compassion and concern, it is much more than that. It took Christ’s teaching about loving one’s enemies and returning good for evil out of the realm of pious sentimentality and speculative discourse and put it into practical terms.

Tony Perkins, Being in a Religious Organization Should Not Be More Important Than Loving Your Neighbour.

In telling this story, Jesus was careful to point out that the Priest was on his way to Jericho so he had already performed his duties at the Temple.  This was an import-ant point for the Jewish people to whom he was speaking. If the Priest had been on his way to Jerusalem, he could be excused for his lack of compassion or concern.  His timely services at the Temple would have taken precedence over anything else.

Religion That Lacks Compassion and is Judgmental

Both Priest and Levite passed by the man who lay helpless by the side of the road. For them it was participation in Temple sacrifices and observation of the rules and regulations that interpreted Mosaic Law that dictated their worship of God. And like the priesthood of any religion, they were esteemed as spiritual leaders, adhering to a higher religious standard then the ordinary householder. But they were able to leave a beaten man helpless by the wayside.

After having told this part of the story, Jesus next introduced the appearance of a Samaritan. “(A) certain Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him…”[15]  Had this been a play, rather than a parable, the appearance of the Samaritan would have signified that the situation was about to go from bad to worse; the villain had arrived on the scene. Not only were the Samaritans despised on a human level and publicly denounced in the synagogues, they were the object of a daily prayer that they might not enter eternal life.

But the story Jesus told, the Samaritan was not the villain. As soon as he is intro-duced into the scene, the parable says “when he saw [the wounded man] he felt compassion.” And that compassion was expressed in the actions described in the parable. The Samaritan not only put him on his own donkey, he took the wounded man to an inn where his injuries could be cared for. And he provided money for the man’s continued care, when he had to leave the next day.

Jesus then asked the lawyer “Which of the three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?”  And he said “The one who showed mercy toward him.”  And Jesus said “Go and do the same.”

The Lesson:

The exercise of mercy and compassion in everyday life were what God required. But the priest and the Levite, whose services centered around the slaughter of sacrificial animals at the Temple had ignored the word of God, spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “The multitude of your sacrifices- -what are they to me? says the Lord…I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats…Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean. Take you evil deeds out of my sight.”

God says…..“I Do Not Need Your Lambasting of Homosexuals, Tony…”

And on at least two occasions Jesus had repeated the oracle of the prophet Hosea that repudiated animal sacrifice. “I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledge-ment of God rather than burnt offering.  It was no coincidence that the lack of mercy and compassion shown to the wounded traveler in the parable was attributed to men who had just finished participating in the ritual slaughter of animals at the Jerusalem Temple. The ongoing refusal to fulfill the requirements of mercy in one area of life ultimately erodes compassion in other matters.

Many of those listening to Jesus resented him for making a Samaritan the hero of a morality tale. It was tantamount to the impact a modern-day Israeli would have on his people if he said their religious leaders had failed to fulfill both the letter and the spirit of Mosaic Law- – -but a Palestinian had done what was pleasing to God.

 

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