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A Few Thoughts on #AngusTJones, the Entertainment Industry and Religion

Joel has two sympathetic and concerned posts about the Angus T Jones situation here and here. Chris added his two cents here.

I’ll leave commentary on Seventh Day Adventists and their beliefs to the experts, but I wanted to make a comment on money and religion. I think that it’s very telling that what it means to be religious for liberals and conservatives are completely different in the U.S. On the conservative site Twitchy, the situation was turned into yet another Hollywood conservative being victimized by liberal accusations of hypocrisy. I don’t think this issue is about hypocrisy versus non-hypocrisy, but about a matter of faithfulness, and what it means to be religious.

The Seventh Day Adventist church has a reputation for being very socially conservative, and blaming television and media for bad morals is nothing new. But what about the things that Jesus taught, his morality when it comes to money. Because of a religious commitment to corporate capitalism, conservatives don’t want to think through morality as it pertains to greed and selfishness, and when they do, it’s only when greed and self-centeredness are in excess that they become sin, rather than being anti-thetical to the Gospel themselves.

Statements like this from Jared Padalecki, Sam Winchester from Supernatural,

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made me think about one economic morality story, (as well as a famous conversion story!) that Jesus’ disciples left us, the story of Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was an infamous celebrity in his day, a tax collector who had dirty money on his hands. As part of his being saved, Jesus approved of Zacchaeus giving back the filthy money that the taxman had stole, and more so!  If we are to think seriously about salvation on Jesus’ own terms, we need to take Jesus’ approval of Zacchaeus’ repentance as part of our own definitions of what it means to be saved. Christianity is not about getting on our moral high horse, separating ourselves from the rest of society while pointing out others’ sins. It’s about showing others how to love our neighbors, and living out a new way of being human in our worship of the Triune God.

Angus T. Jones is right about Two And A Half Men being moral filth though. It’s horrific writing, as well as it’s continued existence as a show in spite of Charlie Sheen‘s history of domestic violence never made me a fan of the program.

 

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The I Toldya So Chronicles: More Evidence Churches Should NOT DO Investment Seminars

Last October, I posted on why shouldn’t churches have investment seminars, linked here and I got some backlash on Twitter.

Well, it turns out there is another case in point that affirms my position:

Ephren Taylor, a “successful Christian” businessman with ties to Bishop Eddie Long’s New Birth is now accused of running a ponzi scheme that targeted black churches and well even Joel Olsteen’s mega church LakeWood (which has a lot of racial minorities). But of course good Christians are talking about forgiving Taylor, who has, ya know, gone into hiding after violating, oh nothing important just national laws as well as the Ten Commandments. God has no concern for justice, right? It’s all about Jesus and me, and cheap grace! Of course, these seminars and schemes are a direct result of the heresy known as the Prosperity Gospel that are killing the church. The American Dream did what racism and bigotry could not: it’s killing off U.S. American Christianity. The church is more focused on being successful rather than faithful, which is a shame.

Not to say the American Dream isn’t racist or classist either.

For more on Taylor’s crimes, see Ephren Taylor accused of 11 Million Dollar Christian Ponzi Scheme [linked here]

Dave Ramsey & Bishop Eddie Long: Proof churches should not host investment seminars

Christians need to stop listening to dilettantes like Dave Ramsey. Seriously, I am glad he can help so many people, but with his history of controversial statements (which I won’t get into), his view of economics does not hold any weight with me. Ramsey’s message to Wall Street Occupiers, which doesn’t mention Christ by the way (does he ever, just sayin!):”Grow up—and get a job.” Yes, we should celebrate the land of opportunity, but only when the people begin to recognize how “we got this land” hint hint hint, and who we had to step over to get these “opportunities.”

Secondly, it’s a sad fact that things keep getting piled onto the current scapegoat Bishop Eddie Long, but seriously, churches should not have investment seminars AT ALL! Why? Because what investment seminars end up being are live-action infomercials for businesses who happen to be ran by the highest tithers. Too many times, churches and pastors make decisions based on their wallets, and this is just another example.

Investors Accuse Bishop Eddie Long’s Megachurch of Fraud Consipiracy