What Do Christians Want?

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    I'm a bit baffled by the general tone of some posts on here regarding the wants and needs of christians as to their communities. I get the very uneasy feeling that what some want is a world in which non-christians have no power, no voice, and no visibility.

    Some seem angered at the idea that the US Constitution provides for a separation of church and state, insisting that the Founders could not have ever wanted any religion other than christianity to have an impact on public life here. Others seem to feel that non-christians should not be permitted to erect their houses of worship just any old place. Then there are complaints that some public figures may be less than fully christian, or that the occasional non-christian slips by and is elevated to high office.

    I'm just curious. Do christians really want or need a country in which no one else's religious or spiritual lives are respected?
     
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    to go to heaven.
     
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    And I hope, for their sakes, they all get that elvis. But I kinda sorta meant before they die.
     
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    I don't know what Christians want. Ask me what this one Buddhist wants.
     
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    You are talking about politicially active, vocal, social conservative Republican Christians. The Southern Baptist Convention alone has something like 13 million members. Each one is an individual with their own thoughts. Add in all the other denominations out there along with Catholics and you can't really lump Christians into one common thought group.
     
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    I hope what they want is to live in peace.
     
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    The last thing in the world that I, as a Christian want, is the government being involved in religion at all. I don't even care if the government adopted my own faith all the way down to the denomination I belong to. No matter what, if the government gets directly involved in religion it is a major problem.

    I don't have a problem with allowing religious decorations on public property as long as it is done equitably.

    What do I want? The opportunity to have my say. The opportunity to freely discuss my faith if I so choose and to learn about Sky Dancer's faith as well. I want the same rights that you have. I want freedom... the freedom to be who I am.

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    That too!

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    I dont know what all these different religions feel they are entitled to based on the fact that they have a religion.

    Me personally I just want everyone to treat their fellow humans with compassion and respect.

    Im a non religious man of faith in god and karma :)
     
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    Madeline,

    Her is an excerpt from the Baptist Faith and Message which is a statement of faith of sorts by the Southern Baptists. These excerpts deal with what they believe a Christians responsibility in in society and the scriptures they base it on.

    The Baptist Faith & Message

    XV. The Christian and the Social Order

    All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.

    Exodus 20:3-17; Leviticus 6:2-5; Deuteronomy 10:12; 27:17; Psalm 101:5; Micah 6:8; Zechariah 8:16; Matthew 5:13-16,43-48; 22:36-40; 25:35; Mark 1:29-34; 2:3ff.; 10:21; Luke 4:18-21; 10:27-37; 20:25; John 15:12; 17:15; Romans 12–14; 1Corinthians 5:9-10; 6:1-7; 7:20-24; 10:23-11:1; Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; Philemon; James 1:27; 2:8.


    XVI. Peace and War

    It is the duty of Christians to seek peace with all men on principles of righteousness. In accordance with the spirit and teachings of Christ they should do all in their power to put an end to war.

    The true remedy for the war spirit is the gospel of our Lord. The supreme need of the world is the acceptance of His teachings in all the affairs of men and nations, and the practical application of His law of love. Christian people throughout the world should pray for the reign of the Prince of Peace.

    Isaiah 2:4; Matthew 5:9,38-48; 6:33; 26:52; Luke 22:36,38; Romans 12:18-19; 13:1-7; 14:19; Hebrews 12:14; James 4:1-2.


    XVII. Religious Liberty

    God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others. Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God. The church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. The gospel of Christ contemplates spiritual means alone for the pursuit of its ends. The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind. The state has no right to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.

    Genesis 1:27; 2:7; Matthew 6:6-7,24; 16:26; 22:21; John 8:36; Acts 4:19-20; Romans 6:1-2; 13:1-7; Galatians 5:1,13; Philippians 3:20; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; James 4:12; 1 Peter 2:12-17; 3:11-17; 4:12-19.
     

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