Modern Christian Values

I recently wanted to rent a room in a 3 bedroom flat which advertised that they wanted Christians to share with them. I felt encouraged to contact them because I appreciate Christians who live by their faith, but I ran smack bang into a snag – the man wanted over R5500 upfront for a single room! When I asked him about this, he said “money talks”. This is the attitude, I’m afraid of many modern Christians. They have forgotten the core Christian values and adopted secular, capitalistic values. It is atypical to demand two months deposit for a room. Typically, 1 month or half a month or none is asked. And usually people will let you pay it off, but Brett the faux Christian was adamant that he needed the full amount upfront and refused to consider me. I gave him references and explained that I was waiting for money to become available by the 15th of the month, but he wasn’t interested. This Christian is all about the money and nothing else.

Here is the gumtree advert of Brett, the faux Christian.

Jesus had a lot to say about men and their money. He said the rich cannot get into heaven. He told a rich man who wished to follow him to first sell ALL that he had, give it to the poor and then come follow him. He said it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into Heaven. He said that what you do unto the least of these, you do unto me.

Here is what a modern pastor did to remind his congregation of what is is to be a Christian.

I feel personally challenged by this blog post myself because I have a habit of dismissing the homeless myself. Money is not going to save me, and I have a personal choice to make – I can have my treasure on Earth or I can have it in Heaven, but not both.

I’m trying to understand what is wrong with Scandinavian cartoonists

Last year in February, cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad published by a Danish newspaper provoked an outraged reaction from Muslims the world over. Violent mobs rioted in the streets and destroyed property to show their displeasure in having their religious icons ridiculed.

Now, just over 18 months later, a Swedish cartoonist, Lars Vilks, has followed suit and added his contribution to inciting worldwide conflagration. He drew the head of the Prophet Mohammad on a dog’s body and he’s calling it art. He has also stated that he’s not against Islam.

For his trouble, he has had a $100 000 bounty slapped on his head by the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi.

Lars, how about I photoshop the head of your wife onto a naked woman’s body involved in copulation with an ostrich, and call it art? Is it still art? Is it? Or is it just something that has been done a million times already and it’s no longer funny?

What’s the point of ridiculing Islam in cartoons? The result is predictable. It’s not art, it’s pure stupidity and a desire to stick it to a religion for the hell of it. Find something else to do for your own personal amusement. Please.

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Jury duty is quite a yawn, but time flies with MP3s

In London, at the Blackfriar’s court, the court proceedings of a man on trial for battering his wife to death proved to be quite a yawn for a Muslim woman jury member who solved her boredom problem by plugging into her MP3 player.

Unfortunately,  her ruse was spotted by her fellow more vigilant jury members when they saw headphone wires coming out of her hijab (headscarf).

She was discharged from the jury and arrested for contempt of court. However charges will not be followed against her because of the difficulties of proving her guilt.

It is not known what music was on her MP3 player at the time of her arrest. Perhaps in the not too distant future, a top 10 chart of jurors favourite boredom curing music will be released? I’m all ears.

No action against juror over MP3 player

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Lina Joy is a 42 year old Malaysian woman in fear of her life because she dared to convert to Christianity from Islam.

For the past 6 years she has been through a legal ordeal in Malaysia’s courts seeking to be allowed to legally change her religion to Christianity and has now been denied that right by Malaysia’s highest court. She now has no legal recourse left to her in Malaysia.

You can’t at whim and fancy convert from one religion to another.
- Malaysia’s Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim

Lina Joy’s problem is that she was born an ethnic Malay. According to the Malaysian Constitution anyone born an ethnic Malay is a Muslim, whether they like it or not. All Muslims automatically fall under the jurisdiction of Sharia Law, which prohibits a Muslim from converting.

Rather predictably, Lina Joy’s family has disowned her, the lawyer handling her case received death threats and a frenzied irrational Islamic horde screamed "Allah Akbar" (God is Great) outside the court when they heard the final ruling.

In an ironic twist, the Malaysian Constitution claims to guarantee religious freedom.

Okay, so explain to me again how your god is great? I just don’t see it. What am I missing here?

Malaysia rejects Christian appeal

Another useful link:
Christian Convert Fights Malaysian Law