The sermon in church on the recent Boston bombings today made me sick. I am sick of sermons about terrorism in American churches that use divisive rhetoric of “us versus them.” Rhetoric that speaks of the “evil” done by individuals as if they are isolated actors divorced from societal influences. The bottom line is that the American Christian church needs to take a cue from the Zen Buddhists and the Quakers that wars start and end with the mind. Wars are fed by the idea that life in just one big black and white binary opposite. Grey exists too. I do not trust churches that place American flags in their sanctuaries. My hope is that I can write up these ideas into a paper for my Pastor as Person class fleshing out in more detail why I feel this way and explaining to others the need for peaceful, nondivisive language from American pulpits.
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