This Speech Mattered

Barack Obama just became an important person in American history as far as I am concerned. This speech on race in America was more than powerful and inspiring. It was an insightful call to action. It identified the challenges we face as a nation and the ways in which racial politics can interfere with addressing those problems. It courageously recognized legitimate motivations behind racially charged fears, but challenged us to overcome them. This is our Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

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Obama said that Jesus is not necessary for salvation. Most Christians believe that good people who are not Christians will go to heaven. You would say they are fake Christians.

The Kingdom of God that Jesus spoke of was at hand not some far away afterlife. So, it isn’t even about “getting into heaven,” whatever that means. Anon, you would call me a fake Christian, too.

You are wrong. It is you who have the problem. If you think that the only way to live the Way is to belong to a religion, or profess some words about Jesus, you do not understand the Way. Salvation is passing you by. This matter is too important to leave things to polite language.

I will say it again. You are missing salvation. Everyday you hang on to infantile notions about what the Kingdom of God is, you let another day slip away without knowing it.

Repent, and open your heart to Jesus’ words in the gospels and Paul’s letters. Repent and be saved.

Interesting exchange that went on here.

Anon, I’m guessing that your experience of Christianity is fairly limited. It seems you hold a fairly narrow view and aren’t open to others. For that reason, I’m guessing productive dialogue with you is impossible.

Jim, I appreciate your view that salvation has a much broader meaning than substitutionary atonement. In fact, I join you in that perspective, and recognize how limiting it is to hold onto that understanding to the exclusion of all others. The liberating power of experiencing that broader, inclusive salvation is something I wish for you, too, Anon.

The God of grace and mercy that I know doesn’t require a particular dogmatic confession in order for you to “get in” but rather has already provided your salvation. There’s nothing you can do to achieve it, and you can’t stop it — and you don’t get to say who else “gets in.” God’s salvation is universal.

At least that’s my understanding — and it’s pretty broadly held by lots of other “genuine Christians.”

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