Thursday, January 18, 2007

Religion and Politics

" Religion is so tied up with political manipulation that it is hard to see if there could be a nugget of spirituality in there that can genuinely influence your life. "

Quote by Tom Morello (guitarist for Rage Against the Machine)

For awhile, their music was kept underground because it was considered to be controversial. However, some of their words in interviews that speak about God, church and life at times can ring true and also at times burn with sting because they hit a note that Christians do not like or do not want to hear.

One of the sad things for me ( as a ym ) is that one of the reasons that he got turned away from God and Christianity is what occurred in youth group - that is sad.

However, I do not find it hard to believe. We, as youth groups - churches - and christians can be so " bad on our choice of words ". The reason ( one of them ) that he points to is the fact that he never saw any respect or tolerance for another persons belief sysyem.

One more quote and this quote has to do with a question about people who hear the name Jesus and believe ( early in the article - the slant was on those who never heard ) ......

I do not know. Maybe I would have a more of a positive view of religion if I was impressed by the behavior of those who preach it ( not meaning preachers - anyone who believes ).

This is some of the things that stood out to me in my reading this week. One of the books I am reading / browsing this week is the following: Rock Stars on God: 20 Artists Speak their Minds About Faith

More later ...

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