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And I thought the 'blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church' On the other hand, maybe those guys on TV who 'lift weights for Jesus' could sponsor a short-term missionary trip to go to Nigeria to help them. And what about all the Christians in the US talking about their right to own guns? Why not go to Nigeria or Iraq and use them?
Nothing new here to me. Barna confirms what I have been seeing/reading/hearing for a long time. In the day when many Baptist Churches have changed their name to rid themselves of that pesty "Baptist" label to attract more people, do you think for a second they will preach anything controversial? They do not want to offend by entering a strong opinion on any hot issue of the day: Russia's involvement in the downing of the Malaysian airliner in the Ukraine, man-made climate change, immigration, gay marriage, etc. I did see in my local newspaper some photos taken from a baptism ceremony held at a beach-front park by a large Baptist church that changed its name a few years back.
Our beloved WAshington Post writer needs to get a sense of perspective. Has the writer examined the "debate" going on in the Middle East between Muslims--Shiites vs Sunnis? They 'debate' using weapons and death, while Christians use words. Has she forgotten those 'peace-loving' Buddhist monks in Burma or Thailand that had a major battle a year or so ago. I remember seeing them burn one of the opposing sides' monasteries. And then let's go to India, a land with a 1000 gods being worshiped by the Hindus. I'll bet they are not pleasant with those who want to have a fast food hamburger or good ol' North Carolina Pork Bar-b-que Sandwich. Today's liberal religion is environmentalism or Big Government--has she seen the fierce debates over Global Warming/Climate Change? I think the debates that occur--yes, even here, in the peaceful confines of this website, are nothing compared to all these other cases.