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Evangelicalism Has Sold out Religious Faith for Political Expediency

Newspaper article News Sentinel

Evangelicalism Has Sold out Religious Faith for Political Expediency

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"...and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."

So goes the popular translation of the prayer most people of faith know by heart.

Here's the question: Is it God who "leads" us into temptation? If we follow God's lead, as the Judeo-Christian Bible assure we must, wouldn't we be lead into goodness and truth?

An interesting suggestion from Pope Francis might be what we non-evangelical Christians need to help us work through the confusion between right wing and left wing versions of New Testament theology.

The Pope suggests we use "do not let us fall into temptation" instead of "lead us not" - a change already sanctioned by France's Roman Catholic Church. As explained by the Pope, "Do not let me fall into temptation" is more to the point because it is I who fall, it is not God who throws me into temptation."

Get ready for arguments about changing the words of Jesus.

Of course these are not the exact world of Jesus. What is recorded was written years after the actual events, and even those words undergo hundreds of translations in English and other 1,521 languages.

Mainline Christianity and our evangelical or fundamental brothers and sisters read the same Bible and quote scripture to validate our opposing "Christian" positions.

From reproduction rights, immigration policies, climate control, public education, welfare restrictions, military spending, gun control, the so-called war on Christmas, who can bake a cake for whom - the evangelicals have used Jesus as their front-man for their political leanings and have had the megaphone for far too long.

California is burning. Puerto Rico is still without stability. We've got two playground bullies talking nuclear war. …

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