As an American, but more importantly as an Eastern Orthodox Christian, I am absolutely outraged by the atrocities that are being committed by the Syrian rebels, who are actively and purposely killing Syrian Christians.
I am outraged by the atrocious lies that you guys in the government and the media feed the American People in this country about the involvement of the U.S. with Syria. The U.S. government is actively supporting terrorism. The Syrian Rebels are tied to Al Qaeda, but yet our President and Senate leaders, like John McCain, find it is perfectly acceptable to talk out both sides of their mouths; what I mean by this is they on one hand condemn Al Qaeda and terrorism, but actively support those who carry it out by giving them money and weapons. This is called hypocrisy, Senator. And it needs to end!
I do not appreciate the attempted genocide of Christians in Syria, sir! I do not appreciate my government being actively involved in such evil while the media remains silent and the American people remain ignorant of the government’s actions.
Just this week “The armed rebels affiliated to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) raided the Christian-populated al-Duvair village in Reef (outskirts of) Homs near the border with Lebanon today and massacred all its civilian residents, including women and children.”
This IS NOT ACCEPTABLE behavior should not be supported nor participated in by the U.S. government.
I do not appreciate that our tax money is going to fund the killing of those who profess Christ, to topple governments that we do not like, to incite violence and hatred, to murder innocent people, and to support terrorist who will then betray us and seek to come after us.
Our direct involvement in the toppling of regimes in this hostile part of the world is what has lead to the events of 9-11. Ron Paul, and now Rand Paul, have spoken very clearly on what our own CIA calls blowback. Our actions in these parts of the world have consequences, sir.
So as an American, for whom you work, I ask you, no, I tell you, please bring American support of, and involvement in, terrorism to an end. Do not stand by and dress this up in diplomatic language and legal jargon. I ask you as an American Senator to voice the concerns of those being killed in Syria to your fellow Senators and to the President. I ask you to speak out in the Senate about the actions of our government and how they have negative consequences. I ask you to bring to an end the support, whether it be monetary or military, of the Syrian Rebels.
This is not right, sir. This is not right. So above all else, I ask you to do the right thing, which in our government today is very unheard of indeed.
David Jonathan Anderson
To all my Christian friends, even non-Christians too, Ron Paul once said, “Once you have knowledge [about something] you have an obligation to do something about it!” I plead with you, get knowledge of this situation. I plead with you to write, call, or email your leaders and let them know that America does not stand for the values and atrocious behavior its government is currently adhering to and carrying out. Please do not read this and sit around doing nothing. Voice your concern. Above all else, pray!
Following is… a 5-part series by Gabe Martini addressing the claim by Presbyterian pastor Steven Wedgeworth that there is significant patristic testimony against iconography…The response is necessarily more in-depth than the original post it responds to, because numerous quick claims are made there without much in the way of examination of their context or historic character.
Gabe Martini has a BA in Philosophy from Indiana University and serves as a subdeacon at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Bellingham, WA. He is the editor-in-chief of On Behalf of All and works as a Marketing Product Manager for Logos Bible Software.
Gabe Martini’s 4th response, of 5, to Calvinist pastor Steven Wedgeworth, whose premise is that there is Patristic evidence for his being an iconoclast. Gabe completely dismantles these claims one-by-one. Give this a read if you’re interested in why Orthodox Christians have icons and their place in the Church and Her worship of God.
“Orthodox Christians do not approve of the adoration or “worship” of icons, which should only be given to the Holy Trinity. We do not “worship” icons as idols; rather, we pay them respect, as we would kiss the precious photograph of loved ones, or as an American citizen might salute the American flag. We are not worshiping the paper of the photograph or the fabric of a flag, but are rather paying proper respect and affection (“service” or δουλεία) to their prototype (or to what they re-present to us). In any case, we would affirm the words of St Gregory that any abuse or superstitions related to icons (or relics) should be condemned. In fact, the Church did this very thing during the deliberations of the 7th Ecumenical Council, while affirming an icon’s proper veneration. St Gregory’s letter is not an opposing, Patristic voice to the proper use of icons; rather, it stands firmly in the same Tradition as the consensus of the Church.”
When one first enters an Orthodox church, it may be a scary or intimidating experience. There is often confusion about what everyone is doing, when and why they’re going around kissing things, and what a visitor should do or how to behave. “And did those people really just kiss the hand of that man in the Matrix outfit? Yes, I’m pretty sure that just happened.”
So let’s demystify this a bit with a story. In this imaginary Sunday morning experience we meet George, a lifetime Orthodox Christian, and Sally, a recent inquirer. Not every detail of this story is replicated in every place, but rather this story is told to give you a sense of what one might see.
George arrived for liturgy, and greeted a few friends on his way in. Fr. Sergius, a semi-retired priest who serves the parish in a limited capacity, was just coming through the…
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