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VeraBradley last won the day on September 21 2010

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  1. I am frustrated. Christians say they are not perfect, but they are forgiven because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross. They say the Holy Spirit guides the church. Is it too much to ask for solid proof? I see christians, or people who claim to be christians, speaking hateful racist things. I even heard a pastor publicly tell people to pray for Obama to die. I hear more Christians allude to this idea that Anglo saxons are god's chosen ones, and the Europeans are destined to civilize the world with Christianity. Even the KKK claim to be Christians. Is it too much to ask for a global unity among Christians that is undeniable? An unmistakeable movement toward healing and reconciliation? When can we say, "Now THERE is a Christian!" Or "Look! What amazing supernatural things these Christians are doing!" This racial animus among white Christians and the racial divide among churches in the American south makes me wonder how anyone can really believe in this religion. Sometimes I want to find a way to believe. I get nostalgic for my teenage Jesus freak days. But there is too much blatant racism and hatred boiling over among Christians these days. What do you think?
  2. It never made sense to me why a Christian would say "The Lord spared me from the tornado" or something like that. What about the innocent children who maybe were not spared? The Bible does say, however, "For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." (Matthew 5:45)
  3. I personally define white supremacy as fear of blackness and an overgrown sense of pride in whiteness. It appears to be in my face more because of where I live. I also think about how some tenets of Christianity are used to sustain white supremacy. An example is the verse "if a man does not work, he shall not eat." This verse has been used to point fingers at welfare recipients under the assumption that they are all black. Another thing to think about is the subtext beneath phrases that Christians share, such as "take our country back." They don't simply mean the country should be Christian, but also that it should be lily white. A Trump supporter who ran for Congress in Tennessee included a photo of Jesus Christ with the disciples in his billboard: By and large, Christian conservatives who are white supremacists wax nostalgic for a Mayberry that never existed.
  4. It also may be because of where I live. I live in a red state that is moderately conservative. I also frequent a christian chat room in which people express strong opinions, so I guess most racist sentiments are expressed in secret. It's that overlap that really concerns me. I wish more christians would speak out against it.
  5. Citsonga, you might be right. It's a mixed bag. Yesterday I had a chat with a conservative Christian, who says that America was founded under God. I disagreed and said that America was never under God as long as American slavery was happening. She replied, "The Bible says, 'slaves obey your masters.' " I stopped chatting with this person after that. This sort of profound ignorance is part of what I'm talking about. If there is a significant number of conservative Christians who do not align with white nationalism and white supremacy, then how do they distance themselves from the redneck camp? I guess I need to ask them.
  6. Conservative Christianity and white supremacy are bedfellows. Has anyone else noticed this? I'm sure you have. What on earth would make so many Christians really believe that they can still go to heaven whilst hating people different from them? Do they not realise that white supremacy is not what the historical Jesus Christ stood for? The man was a Jew. I have even heard Christians say that real Christians vote for Trump. American conservative Christians have chosen to abandon the real faith and embrace the idea that their god approves of white supremacy.
  7. @Geezer: I understand that, but it's the way they have wrapped Jesus in an American flag that bothers me. The liberal Christians don't, but how a person can believe that their god is just like them is beyond me. @L.B.: Thanks. I have thought for a long time that if Jesus did return today, he'd probably tell those people to get their butts off the church pews and go do something productive. In any case, even though I have nothing against Jesus Christ, I cannot be a "Christian."
  8. I have nothing against Jesus Christ. I never met the guy. What I have been frustrated with is the fact that Christianity in the U.S. has turned into a cultural club for staunch conservative Republican nationalists. These days, being a Christian in the U.S. is equated with being a conservative Republican WASP. How did this happen? I want no part of it, and that is one reason why Ieft the church.
  9. I have heard Christians ask this about atheists: Why do atheists spend so much time and energy speaking against someone that does not exist? I'd like to know your thoughts about this question and how you deal with it.
  10. Today I asked some Christians about people in the Middle East who cannot and will not convert to Christianity because doing so will get them killed. The answer I got was that those who are not martyrs for Christ in the Middle East will go to hell, no exceptions. The thing is, that is easy for Christians in America to say. Yet God (if this God exists) caused billions of people to be born in a part of the world where they more than likely won't know about Jesus, a part of the world where it is dangerous and deadly to convert to Christianity, and then eternally punishes them when they decide to live another day for their children/family? I have sincerely tried to understand Christianity, and it's moments like this encounter with those Christians that remind me of why I simply cannot accept their beliefs.
  11. Today I had a conversation with some Christians who actually said that "if God commands to kill someone, then he has a reason for it... I will do it"
  12. I may sound like an Aunt Thelma (the female version of Uncle Tom), but "Black Lives Matter" is a failure because of the self-defeating nature of black culture. Furthermore, police may shoot black men at a higher rate because of life experience. That is not to say it is justifiable, but in current times, it is what it is. Let's say I walk out of my house and see a person with royal blue braided hair physically assault someone. Then shortly after that, I stop by the store, and see another person with royal blue braids throw a tantrum and knock all of the boxes of cereal off the shelves. The next time I see someone who happens to have royal blue braids, what am I supposed to think?
  13. I could use some help here. Several years ago, I was enthusiastic about making my dent in human history and accomplishing great things. In recent years, I have felt apathetic toward life and have been in survival mode. I have spent the last three years working as a janitor because I don't feel qualified to do anything else. The irony is that I have a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and a Master's degree in Education. During my undergraduate career, I studied English literature and linguistics. When I had jobs that matched my education level, I had quite a few work experiences in which I did not meet the expectations of others for extraneous reasons, like not quite fitting into the workplace culture. For roughly two years, I was the office and staffing coordinator for a facility management company. At first, the work was great. Then we got a new manager who questioned every little thing I did, and took digs at me when he thought he could. My productivity slowly withered away. Experiences such as that led me to give up and just be a janitor. At that time in my life, I needed a work space in which I was alone and free from false judgment. I needed work that was not mentally and emotionally taxing. I needed to feel like there was something I could do well. I was a Montessori teaching assistant for a year and a half, but I decided not to pursue teaching because I did not want to experience again what I had experienced at that particular school. The director only wanted me to wash dishes and laundry, and this was after I earned my Bachelor's degree. Two teachers with over 17 years of experience between them told the director that I needed to be in the classroom, but she would not allow it. It is this sort of thing that is discouraging. I have had many experiences in which I was told that I was "not a good fit" no matter who vouched for me. I sometimes wonder if it was because I looked very young and was in my twenties. During my graduate career, I worked as a teaching assistant at the university's preschool. It was there that professionals validated my work for the first time. I enjoyed the work, but my immune system did not. My hope is that I can find suitable work online that supplements the income from my current day job. The thing is, I can DO many types of work. It's the social ills of the work environment and the office politics that leave me feeling like I am not suited for most jobs. The last time I accepted an online editing job, the guy who was sending me documents to edit suddenly sent me a private message which said, "Where is your husband?" At that, I'd had enough and moved on. I still want to become an editor, but I have a hangup when it comes to skilled work. I am capable of skilled work, but I am not sure if anyone would take me seriously at this point. A lot of this has to do with self-worth issues. I often wonder if any employer would trust that someone who has been cleaning toilets can edit a book. I'm in my thirties, and I wonder if my time for seizing skilled work opportunities has passed. I see so much that I could do online, yet I wonder if I am really intelligent enough to produce excellent results. Apologies for my scrambled thoughts. I'm venting, and would appreciate feedback. Thanks for reading.
  14. ^ That stupidity is what makes me wonder about my race.
  15. My main struggle through all of this is feeling as though I have to prove that black people are indeed whole people. I've never shared this with anyone before, but I have moments when I wonder if the behavior of many black people indicates that they really are some subspecies. I have tried to reconcile the fact of my own intelligence with this scary idea. If I am not fully human, then how did I make it through college? I even chose to not attend historically black colleges because I was afraid they were subpar. To this day I still wonder where my intelligence comes from. Have white people tamed us? Are we a blight on the earth? Am I the result of the careful molding of white people? I'm putting these thoughts out there because I have no one else with whom to share them (and there I go with the perfect grammar, trying to prove my humanity again.). I'm not trying to derail this topic. I simply need space to express these thoughts.