An Asian Christian woman living in London blogging about the everyday issues of religion

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Trump vows to protect Christianity




WOULD YOU TRUST THIS MAN TO LOOK AFTER OUR RELIGION IN A WAY THAT WILL REPRESENT GOD'S LOVE?

Thursday, 14 April 2016

What do I say to my daughter who is fast becoming a non-believer?

I started taking my daughter, who is now 16, to church from when she was 3 years old. She loved Sunday School and was very proud of her drawings of Jesus. She especially loved the last part of the service when children were called up to bang on musical instruments when the last hymn of the service was sung. 

At the age of 12 she was asked to be a server and quickly learned how to help the Clergy out with communion. On special days such as Maundy Thursday or Christmas service my daughter was often the church's first choice as helper because she knew exactly what to do and, more importantly, was able to show the other young servers what needed doing. 

Last year my daughter started studying religious studies and now she is fast becoming a non-believer. Religious studies compels students to think about the concepts of good and evil by using ethics and philosophy as the lens through which to view God. 

She started to question why God was 'allowing' great tragedies to occur and as the tragedies continue to happen around the world the level of her faith is quickly decreasing too. 

Image result for I don't believe in god am not regretful that she is studying religious studies but I do wish that I knew what the right answer was every time she questions my faith. 'Why do you believe in God? Look at what he allows," she says when news of children being killed by ISIS or such like is reported. Sometimes I too wonder why God allows these things. I know about the argument that God does not interfere with free will but it seems inane in the face of misery and outright tragedy. 

Thursday, 3 March 2016

A debate about whether Christians should vote for Donald Trump

Sometimes I wonder whether some Christians and I are praying to the same God or are adhering to the same Christian ethos. The latest news to make me wonder about Christian polarisation is an article in the Christian Post about how Christians ought to vote for Donald Trump in the American Presidential elections. Really? 

Christians who don't vote for the Trumpster are "foolish and prideful", says Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. I am not American and, therefore, am not eligible to vote in the American elections. However, this does not stop anyone around the world from having an opinion. 
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Pastor Jeffress on the left. Donald Trump on the right

I have an opinion and it is this. What is wrong with that faction of Christianity which chooses a right wing interpretation of the ethos of Christianity? The mad Trumpster has made fun of a journalist with a disability (that is enough for me NOT to vote for him), raised the race stakes with incendiary talk about Muslims and Mexicans (a racist Christian?) and made rude comments about a women 'bleeding' (Jesus healed a woman who was bleeding, not made fun of her). 

Can somebody point out the Christian bits among that spew of malice? 

The Christian right skew facts and muddle opinions. They twist and turn things around to present propaganda dressed up as Christian teaching. Where is the sense in this quote by Pastor Jeffress? 
980, voters had a choice between two candidates. One was a truly born-again Christian who taught Sunday school in his Baptist Church and was faithfully married to one woman. His name was Jimmy Carter.
"The other choice was a twice-married, Hollywood actor who as Governor of California signed the most liberal abortion bill in California history and whose wife followed astrology and used it to influence him. His name was Ronald Reagan," he said.
"Evangelicals overwhelmingly voted for Ronald Reagan, not because he was the most religious candidate but he possessed the quality evangelicals felt like was most important and that is leadership," added Jeffress.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/robert-jeffress-christians-not-voting-donald-trump-foolish-prideful-158881/#RTAFMMwwRvYkUubF.99

"Secondly, I would remind people, that in 1980, voters had a choice between two candidates. One was a truly born-again Christian who taught Sunday school in his Baptist Church and was faithfully married to one woman. His name was Jimmy Carter. The other choice was a twice-married, Hollywood actor who as Governor of California signed the most liberal abortion bill in California history and whose wife followed astrology and used it to influence him. His name was Ronald Reagan...Evangelicals overwhelmingly voted for Ronald Reagan, not because he was the most religious candidate but he possessed the quality evangelicals felt like was most important and that is leadership." 

Christians ought to think twice before voting for Donald Trump. 

Monday, 8 February 2016

Finding Love In War



A Syrian photographer took pictures of this couple in their bridal gear but what is unusual is that the backdrop is of a war torn country. Desolation surrounds them but they manage to radiate hope and love.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

A 'bunch' of immigrants

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This is what a 'bunch of immigrants' looks like. 

David Cameron today during Prime Minister's Question Time (PMQ) used the noun 'bunch' to pillory Jeremy Corbyn for visiting the Calais camp where asylum seekers live. Since then people have taken to twitter to denounce his words which are widely seen as being derogatory. Sometimes it is easy to forget that those who live in inhumane conditions are people, real living breathing human beings.