In The Name Of God

  • Africans annihilating each other
  • Arab states vs. Israel
  • Pakistan vs. itself
  • China vs. Tibet or Nepal
  • Protestant vs. Catholic
  • One flavor of Muslim vs. another
  • And on and on and on…

Surely there can be no God that would actually sanction the taking of another life? Rodney King, man… Rodney King.


2 Responses to “In The Name Of God”

  1. 1 Claire_Fern
    May 20, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    In the name of God:

    Students from a Christian university give up part of spring break to work with street people in Seattle and with Hurricane Katrina victims. Give up part of their summer work time to work with women and children in Thailand who are exploited by the sex trade industry.

    World Vision works in disaster relief all over the world. This organization also helps communities achieve their perceived needs (such as building wells).

    Medical personnel spend their vacations doing facial reconstruction surgery and dental work in developing countries. (Medical Teams Northwest)

    In the name of God, hospitals were founded (examples: Good Samaritan, Providence, Emanuel, etc.)

    My sister regularly visits with and helps people who have AIDS related problems.

    Schools and universities were founded and continue to be sponsored.

    Christians families adopt international orphans or hard-to-place disabled children. (Check out the Holt Agency.\

    My daughter runs a NGO that raises funds to help educate young people in Africa who lack funds to get a higher education.

    Local churches in my area create ESL classes for immigrants, mostly from Mexico, who have moved to this area.

    Quakers in Northern Ireland: Quaker Cottage is a created space for Catholic and Protestant women to come together, bringing their children and learning life skills. Quakers also have a farm to bring city kids to the country; they also sponsor a space at Belfast’s Maze Prison. It has childcare and a coffee shop and sharing place where both Protestant and Catholic families could leave their children while visiting their prisoners.

    Saddleback Church in California has both local and international (especially focusing on AIDS and Africa) ministries.

    Here are just a few of the thousands more:
    Habitat for Humanity (ecumenical religious group; builds houses)
    Catholic Workers
    Evangelicals for Social Action
    Evangelical Environmental Network
    God’s Love, We Deliver (works with People with AIDS)

  2. May 21, 2008 at 7:19 am

    Umm, I never mentioned the fact that there are bajillions of people and organizations that do good works in the name of God. What I was lamenting was the fact that lives are TAKEN in the name of God. Two completely different concepts. Feel free to continue helping!

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