Happy Sunday, Unfollowers!
Hope you’re doing well today. This has been a week filled with Christian music and pandemic fatigue… both of which are not the norm for me.
You know how everyone has been sharing their Spotify top artists of 2020 all over social media? Well, Ashley (@dis_ology) made a post on Instagram that asked what our top 5 bands would have been back in our Christian days.
That got me going down the Nostalgia road, and I spent a good portion of Thursday and Friday listening to some early 2000s Christian rock… Skillet, Disciple, P.O.D., TFK, Underoath, Pillar, Relient K, and many, many more. I even did an IG live on Friday night to reminisce.
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Here are the two from this week:
Are We Sick of Kenneth Copeland Yet?
I know I am… but even so, I got sidetracked and ended up on his website. I wanted to see how he’s taking advantage of his followers.
Well, there’s a “partner” program that really encourages people to give money, so that God will give them even more back–the usual prosperity preaching. This happened at my old church, too.
He’s also selling an audiobook for getting out of debt. Ironic, huh?
Check out the swindler and his mission here: https://www.kcm.org/partner
I read a good article on The Atlantic yesterday about how America is becoming less religious while the Supreme Court is doing the opposite, and it makes for some interesting dilemmas.
White America is declining, and, because they’re losing their grip, they claim persecution.
A great quote in this article comes from Robert P. Jones:
“I do think the sense that something is sunsetting, something is ending … has set off the kind of feeling of vulnerability, feeling of persecution, feeling of grief, all these things. Trump didn’t create them, but he has stoked those worries and concerns.”
Another paragraph from the article with some statistics about White Americans losing their majority status:
“White Americans who identified as Christians made up a majority of the nation’s population for most of its history—about two-thirds of the adult population as recently as the late 1990s. But sometime between 2010 and 2012, white Christians, for the first time, fell below majority status, according to the National Opinion Research Center’s annual General Social Survey. Their ranks have continued to shrink since: The latest data from the Pew Research Center puts white Christians at just above 40 percent of the population, with nonwhite Christians accounting for another 25 percent, people who practice a non-Christian faith representing a little less than 10 percent, and Americans who don’t identify with any religious tradition rising to 25 percent (up from 17 percent only a decade ago).”
Read the full article HERE.
Kentucky Fried Morons
I don’t get it. I just don’t get it. Why is it so hard for religious people to be consistent in their pro-life views? They will scream outside of abortion clinics yet they refuse to acknowledge science and wear masks to stop a virus from spreading. A Kentucky religious school has defied state order to close in-person learning amid a rise in Covid-19 cases, despite a recent court ruling affirming the mandate, as stated in this NBC News article:
“Kentucky reported its sixth-highest day for new Covid-19 cases and a record high for coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday. The state has had more than 186,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 1,943 deaths as of Thursday afternoon.”
It’s so annoying. Full article HERE.
Tearing Down Monoliths for Jesus
The monolith stories have been so interesting. First, one appeared in Utah and then Romania. The latest one was in California, but some Christian-ish people weren’t fans. They took it down, threw it in their car, and put up a cross in its place, while saying “We’re going on a 500-mile roundtrip to steal a f—ing monolith…That’s how much we love Jesus Christ.”
Read about it HERE.
As always, thanks for reading. Hope you have a great Sunday!