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November 3rd, 2012
09:00 PM ET

My Take: On Election Day, proclaiming my loyalty to Jesus

Editor's Note: Mark Schloneger is pastor of North Goshen Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana.

By Mark Schloneger, Special to CNN

It seems frivolous, even foolish.

On Tuesday, as the world turns its attention to who will occupy the most powerful office of the world’s most powerful nation, hundreds of churches will gather across the United States to worship a servant.

As votes are counted to elect a president, thousands of Christians will take the bread and the cup to remember their crucified Lord.

As winners are projected and the electoral map is updated, Christians of many denominations will sing their praises and proclaim their loyalty to Jesus.

It seems ridiculous, even silly.

After all, America is at a crossroads, and we are in the midst of one of the most critical presidential elections of our lifetimes. We know this because people have recited this same tired mantra before every presidential election.

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Our fears, our hopes, our worries and our struggles are the currency that buys our votes. And how do politicians and their supporters acquire this precious currency? They invest billions of dollars to foment fear, inspire hope, create worry and exploit our struggles.

It’s a power play. Some of us are pawns, and some of us are participants. But some of us are choosing a different part.

I initiated the Election Day Communion Campaign out of a concern that Christians in the United States are being shaped more by the tactics and ideologies of political parties than by our identity and unity in Christ. Out of this concern, a simple vision sparked the imaginations of congregations nationwide: the church being the church on Election Day, gathering at the Lord’s Table to remember, to give thanks for, and to proclaim its loyalty to Jesus.

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Gathering for Communion on Election Day seems fitting, for the practice of Communion is an inherently political act. It is both a pledge of allegiance to Jesus and a declaration of independence from all other powers making claims on our bodies, minds and souls.

Far too often, the church has abandoned its first love for the siren song of political parties promising protection, prosperity and peace. Far too many times, the church has ceded the practice of its faith to the spiritual and the private while leaving others to address matters of justice. And far too frequently, the church has attempted to speak truth to power while seeking and relying on that same power for protection.

The bread and the cup are God’s antidotes to our fickle memories. As we eat and drink together, we remember that all things fall under the lordship of Christ. We remember our sin and need to repent.

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We remember that God has lifted up the humble, filled the hungry with good things, and chosen to reveal God’s strength through our weakness.

We remember that the only Christian nation in this world is the church, the holy nation that transcends all human-made walls, boundaries and borders.

As we gather at the table, we remember that the power to redeem, to save, and to transform comes not from atop the seat of power but from within the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

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We will gather for Election Day Communion not because we think that the issues at stake in this election are unimportant or that our votes don’t really matter. No, we will gather for Communion because we think that the issues at stake in all elections are far too important to be relegated to our votes alone.

The Lord’s Supper reminds followers of Jesus to practice the politics of Jesus. To me, practicing the politics of Jesus means working to protect the sanctity of all human life, whether it is found in the womb, in prison, or in countries at war against us.

It means choosing the way of forgiveness and reconciliation rather than vengeance and violence. It means practicing an economy based on generosity and mutual aid.

It means offering care and compassion to suffering people regardless of their immigration status, economic class or religious practice.

It means being good stewards of God’s good creation. And, most of all, it means allowing God’s kingdom to break into the entirety of our lives, from the privacy of our homes to the politics we practice in public.

The bread and the cup keep calling me back to the table inscribed with memory. There, I remember God’s choice for the transfer of power. There, I remember where to go with my fears, my hopes, my worries and my struggles. At the table, with my sisters and brothers, I am in the presence of the Holy.

Though I’m interested in the outcome of the presidential election, I won’t be watching the projected results as they are announced. I’ve made a prior commitment. I intend to honor it.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Mark Schloneger.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 2012 Election • Belief • Christianity • Politics

soundoff (3,435 Responses)
  1. jamesedward91

    No politician can save America!
    http://thenewjamesedward.wordpress.com/

    November 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  2. Dry goods

    I hear ya! Don't expect any columns on your new churches either – the old world must go – we will consecrate a temple of the future – lines reaching to heaven, but never converging of course. The lasers will be placed upon the spinnerets ever ready to shoot down the alien invaders, our primitive but more technologically advanced ancestors.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • MrHands

      you can joke all you like, but the reality is that Republicans have vowed to cut all space funding, unless it is of a militaristic nature. so if you dream of walking on Mars, even if you can find a private backer, it will take many many more years than the Moon race, which was instigated under a Democratic president.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • GypsyBloodNOT

      WHO CARES ABOUT MARS???!!! IRAN IS A REAL THREAT – WE MUST DEFEND ISRAEL OR THE ARABS WILL WIN.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Fettinger

      yeah GypsyBloodNOT, and think of their oil reserves too, right? typical neocon

      November 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Dry Goods

      but we need MORE & MORE oil for the upcoming space war – can't you see? the dreadlocked lizards from space are coming

      November 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Nannystate

      Dry Goods, don't eat me, my bigger goat brother is coming soon! much more meat for a big troll like you 🙂

      November 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  3. Don't Drive Angry

    Christians are not Mormons. They believe that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one separate god. They are monotheists who do not believe in three separate gods. They do not believe that the Father, God, is an exalted man and has a physical body. They believe that the Bible is inerrant, and that salvation comes through faith alone.

    Enough with these Christian bandwaggoners riding the coattails of the Biship Romney and the Mormons. Get your own religion leeches!!

    November 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • God of the Bible is the one True God.

      Christians worship the one true God, God of the Bible. There are no three gods. Read the Bible and above all pray to God and seek wisdom to know him personally by accepting the offer of salvation that comes through the Lord Jesus Christ.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Topher

      God of the Bible is the one True God.

      Amen.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      Whatever. Pile on the fantasies and supersti'tions to your heart's content – anything and everything can be true in a fantasy world.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • DUMP hINDU FABRICATION MITHRA ISM, SAVIOR ISM, CHRISTIANITY, VOTE FOR TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD

      hinduism, speaking in tongs, way of hindu's criminals of Mithra ism, savior ism, christianity to hind, fool humanity.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • pithy me

      How do you know your religion is the true religion?Answer:You don't.Start ticking off all the religions,through-out history,that you don't believe in-then add one more.You then can consider your-self free.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  4. padieter

    I would welcome a Romney White House. Why? Plain and simple: the return of prohibition. It is every Mormon's duty to ensure that no one is allowed access to alcohol. What comes around goes around and now we've had the Great Recession, it's time to again ban that tool of the devil: Alcohol must go! Romney we are counting on you.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Blech2

      Ryan will never go along with that. everyone knows Catholics love their liquor!

      November 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • Answer

      It's a great idea!

      Alcohol restriction will make mormons extinct. Great idea indeed.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • hyperprism

      Uh, I don't think so... Didn't you know that Mr Ryan is a teetotaler? Now cigarettes, he will never give them up because of Ayn Rand and her praise of the fire stick – the symbol of man's dominion over nature.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  5. DUMP hINDU FABRICATION MITHRA ISM, SAVIOR ISM, CHRISTIANITY, VOTE FOR TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD

    USE YOUR MIND, NOT YOUR hIND TO DECIDE YOUR VOTE, LIKE A hINDU IGNORANT FOLLOWER OF hINDU MITHRA ISM, SAVIOR ISM, CHRISTIAN.

    hindu's blinded leading hindu, blinded, game of hindu Magi's, criminal tricksters to stay in business of hinduism, denial of truth absolute, let it be hindu's, ignorant preachers, speaking not of truth absolute GOD, nor hindu atheist, ignorant self centered, secular s. rode with a hindu blinded driver, BET ON A WRACK, YOU WILL NEVER LOOSE.

    Expect nothing better but mayhem among humanity by following of hinduism, denial of truth absolute, Allah, and following of hindu pagan Mithra ism, savior ism, neither commanded, nor allowed in Islam as a religion, but Theen Allah, consti tution of truth absolute. Foundation of American consti tution.
    Shiaism
    hindu Mithra ism, savior ism invented little over 100 years after Sydana Mohammad pbh by tribes of Kujar of north Africa and imposition as Fatmid Khalaphit by force by denial of Hidth and Quran, justified by hindu Judaism, pagan secularism to impose hinduism, racism by hindu, fabricated relationship with Family of Syadana Mohammad pbh to justify existence of hindu criminal Kings, a violation of fundamental commandment, human equality under the LA. truth absolute Allah. Cause of conflict among Muslim's and cause of down fall of Muslim's and Islam in Spain.

    Sunisim, invented by Turk's by corruption of Quran and hidth to justify existence of hindu King's as Khalipha, after death of Ruler Mohammad, but later renamed, Mehmmat, wisdom of spirit of truth by siblings from his Armenian wife, follower of hindu pagan Mithra ism, savior ism in 13th century.

    Christianity, invented by hinduism,. corruption of truth absolute by hindu Pharisees, pagan self centered, follower of hindu filthy pig ism by corrupted Torah, known as Greek Torah, translated and commented by Ben Asheer in 250 AD in Yiddish, secularist, self centered language, also known as Old Testament, part of book of Mithra ism labeled as Bible. A way to justify hindu criminal Kings and self proclaimed Prophets, fortune tellers as god's to rule over humanity.

    JUDAISM, Self center ism, pig ism, or Atheism, invented by hindu's pagan's of Egypt by corruption of truth absolute in Torah to Justify hindu pagan Pharaoh's and their hindu pagan Santans, goons as god's to rule over humanity with impunity.

    HAVE hINDUISM, CORRUPTION OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE, RELIGIONS AND LIVE WITH MAYHEM, AS HAS BEEN THE CASE FROM hIND, DARK AGES TILL TODAY. FOLLOW THEEN ALLAH, CONSTI TUTION OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE, ALLAH , GOD AND THE LORD, FOUNDATION OF CONSTI TUTION OF AMERICA TO HAVE PEACE AMONG HUMANITY. To learn more please visit truthisthelimit.com
    word hindu is based on Latin word hindered, negative, Hun, great, Han, to be in greatness, hin, to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity.
    Visit limitisthetruth.com to learn about hinduism, criminality of hindu's, criminals to impose hinduism, racism on humanity by hinduism, corruption of truth absolute by force.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Answer

      You really tried hard on the gibberish today. Congrats. Really.

      Some more please...and longer!

      November 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • glorydays

      Somebody needs his nap....

      November 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  6. Al Dente, Christian

    I can't wait until Tuesday! Romney looks like he's got it, and we Christians will finally have a Mormon presi . . . wait a minute.

    I do hope Romney has forgotten about all the negative "anyone but Romney" campaigning we did against him for over a year. I'm sure he's forgotten that he became the candidate despite us instead of because of us. Yes, I'm sure he's forgotten and will do what we tell . . .

    oh crap.

    Maybe we should vote for Obama, the Christian . . . who we accused of being Muslim and lots of other things, and who we have been bad moouthing, I'm sure that as a Christian he will do what we tell him . . .

    Oh crap.

    Well, at least we have Senator Akin and Senator Mourdock . . .

    Oh crap.

    Prayer didn't work.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      When Life ends does one begin to live. Cheese doodles,,,,,,,,,

      November 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • math

      cheese doodle + lettuce love= 🙂

      November 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  7. Lyfe

    "Priests...dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live."- Thomas Jefferson

    November 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • MCR

      It's pretty funny that back in Jefferson's day no one minded having a president who by most standards was not a Christian. People have gotten nuttier and nuttier since the 1950s.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  8. Seraphina

    Thou shalt proclaim thine loyalty to be a follower of Christ 365 days a year! not just on election day...

    November 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Answer

      If you're defining a proclamation on the interval by the days.. to show dedication – why did you default to using every day"?

      Should you not define it more by "Every MINUTE"?

      Or did you think that "Every WEEK" was too lax? Every day suited your mind because you thought – "Wow doing it every minute IS too extreme.. I gotta work at something and get paid to live."

      November 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  9. Doug

    Jesus dieda mortal death on the cross more than 2000 years ago. Let it go.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • ik

      Jesus Christ is ALIVE and well thank you Praise God for eternal LIFE!

      November 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  10. TC

    OK I've had enough – a reminder though: I'll be laughing at you all when Romney wins. He'll install God at the helm, get all our jobs back from China and then you atheists will see whose intellect was superior.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Equivoco

      Mormons are not christians, their Book of Mormon is an invention, there is no proof that Jesus came to the americas to preach to the natives. You might as well vote for a Church of Scientology candidate.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  11. Ryan

    Christianity in America is a joke anymore. It has been completely corrupted by the Republican party, just as the Republican party has been corrupted by it. THERE WAS GOOD REASON for our forefathers to establish a separation between Church and State. Ignoring that wisdom has cost us all dearly. It's gotten so bad that so-called "Christians" are now in favor of torture, pre-emptive war, tax breaks for the obscenely wealthy at the expense of the poor and down-trodden, taking away health insurance from sick kids, and other decidedly very non-Christian things. And now.. many of them are happily going to go to the polls to vote for Mitt Romney, a Mormon, who by any measure is a heretic, over Barack Obama, a true Christian. The GOP convinced them to be afraid of Obama based on insinuations (totally false) that he was a Muslim... and now to embrace a candidate that is a plutocrat and a Mormon (two things Christ would have found repugnant). How are Mormons any different from Muslims? They both follow a false prophet who claimed superiority to Jesus Christ. They both have their own sacred book that supersedes the Bible. They both have racist, polygamist, child-loving leaders in their religion's recent past. The difference is Mitt Romney is owned by corporate America, thus he is an acceptable candidate to the GOP, and thus the mindless sheep who are enslaved by Fox News will also support him. I'll say again, Obama is not and never was a Muslim. Romney IS a Mormon, and unashamedly so. Christians have sold out their religion the same way that Republicans have sold out their party. Locked in their unholy embrace they are going to go down in flames together. RIP

    November 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Trevor

      You have no idea what a true follower of Christ is by thinking you "know" what people you have NEVER met think and and "are"... Don't sit there and tell others what is to be Christ follower when you yourself have no idea...as evidenced by the clear perception of who you think is really in control of this country...

      November 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  12. Bhawk

    Well is Mitt a christian or not. Back in may the protestant churches in Texas said no then he gets the nomination and Mormons become Christians. Catholics never have be christian according to the Southern protestants until Ryan. They preached against JFK– and it was ok to hate him because he was catholic. Now he is a good ole boy christian. Used to be the rich were to pittyed for worshiping money now its God's will they are rich. Now I wonder–if the guy I pray for to win is the loser am I out of Gods will or is God wrong.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Topher

      Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the only people calling Mormons Christians are the Mormons.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • MCR

      It's kind of funny that in India fringe Hindu sects, and even Buddhism (which originates in Hinduism) have the exact opposite problem...the majority Hinduism WANTS to claim them and they want ou,because to be a minority religion grants you extra privileges. It's always going to be something...

      November 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Larry's Comfort Shoes

      They only say that when they have a candidate. Otherwise, they believe Christianity is a false religion.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Harrison

      That's right Topher.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  13. Laerrus

    Jesus isn't on the ballot, and both parties support Israel, the Synagogue of Satan...

    "I KNOW YOUR WORKS, AND TRIBULATION AND POVERTY, (BUT YOU ARE RICH) AND I KNOW THE BLASPHEMY OF THEM WHICH SAY THEY ARE Ysrayl (Israel) AND ARE NOT, BUT ARE THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN"
    ~Revelation 2:9

    "BEHOLD, I WILL MAKE THEM OF THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN, WHICH SAY THEY ARE JEWS AND ARE NOT, BUT DO LIE, BEHOLD, I WILL MAKE THEM TO COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOUR FEET, AND TO KNOW THAT I HAVE LOVED YOU."
    ~Revelation 3:9

    November 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.

      Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  14. Anybody know how to read?

    The wonderful reflections from God appear in a Triune nature. Doing right for the wrong reason:CUT.....Doing wrong for the right reasons:CUT.......Doing right for the right reason:Life.
    :

    November 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Life ends where living begins,,,

      Lettuce Love,
      Let Us Love,
      G.O.D.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  15. ooshie

    Jesus seemed to be very concerned about the poor and outcast and to critique the rich and powerful of this world. Both candidates themselves are very rich and powerful (one more so than the other at list for riches). One candidate seems to show more concern in his policy ideas for the plight of the poor.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • ik

      The poorest of the POOR are the unborn. They come into the world naked and with nothing and depend totally upon others to feed and clothe them. More than 50 million Americans have been slaughtered by abortion, the GREATEST holocaust in our nation and an even greater holocaust when one considers the BILLIONS of human beings slaughtered because of abortion. Social justice calls us to defend LIFE not just those on the streets but those most vulnerable. ONE candidate will protect these most vulnerable while the OTHER has consistently advocated their slaughter. It doesn't get much simpler than this folks.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  16. Chad

    @Hortence Babbidge "I don't understand how there can be anyone in hell, because God forgives all?"

    =>there is one condition to meet to receive that forgiveness.

    Ask for forgiveness, accept that Jesus paid the price you and I could never.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • Answer

      Ask for forgiveness every Sunday. You know that asking it on Monday will never work.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Answer

      Say Chad...ole boy...

      If you made one statement of forgiveness like this "Please god forgive me for all my sins that I will and ever make in life..amen"

      Will you still need to continually keep asking on every Sunday thereafter?

      November 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • San Francisco

      And I would say Amen to that, Chad

      November 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Chad

      @Answer "Will you still need to continually keep asking on every Sunday thereafter?"

      =>The forgiveness is once for all sins, past, present and future. That is what we ask for and receive, and by which are born again. A one time thing.

      At the same time, we continue to engage in activity that while not separating us from God for eternity, does break our fellowship now.
      Gods remedy for the latter is a process whereby we acknowledge our activities, and seek for God to either give us the strength to stop engaging in them, or to transform us such that we no longer want to engage in them. This is what we ask for every Sunday.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • Ryan

      Pretty atrocious basis for a justice system.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Answer

      "Gods remedy "

      Ahh ....you're giving your god this remedy to sate yourself. I see.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Answer

      @chad

      "whereby we acknowledge our activities"

      Here is the sate part of my statement. You currently don't acknowledge your own activity do you? You must make this remedy to yourself in order to comply with your own self. Pure round about method. It's really poor.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Chad

      @Answer "You currently don't acknowledge your own activity do you? You must make this remedy to yourself in order to comply with your own self. Pure round about method. It's really poor."
      =>How exactly do you figure that?
      A. you dont know me at all
      B. I engage in all many activities that I hate in one sense, and love in another, but God hates..

      I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7

      I dont deny that there are many self righteous Christians out there, but I am not one of them. Christians are not perfect, just forgiven.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Answer

      "but God hates.. "

      God hates what?

      November 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Concerned Citizen

      Fellow Citizens!

      Chad believes there could be vampires! He's a nutter.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Answer

      Does god hate my s-p-i-t-t-i-n-g on the ground? <<-A benign act.

      Does god hate me for s-p-i-t-t–i-n-g at you? <<an act towards you.

      Does god hate me for s-p-i-t-t-i-n-g on some other person and not you instead?

      I like to hear you excuses on how you know god's hate...

      November 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Answer

      Am I a-t-t-a-c-k-i-n-g you Chad or c-o-n-f-r-o-n-t-i-n-g you in a manner of discourse?

      November 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Chad

      @Answer "God hates what?"

      “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22

      if you are doing that PERFECTLY, and have done it PERFECTLY your entire life, then congratulations you are the second person ever to have done so.

      Otherwise, you're like the rest of us, and by not doing so, are engaging in activities that God hates.

      From that, you can easily figure out which of your activities God hates.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • Answer

      So you're gonna dodge once again with a quote from a drivel passage. Typical Chad.

      "Love the Lord your God" - and who is the Lord.. if my god isn't YOUR god?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Hortence Babbidge

      yes but HE will then also forgive that and on and on – therefore there is no hell. as some would say, it's all good. ...excepting Romney of course.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Chad

      @Answer "So you're gonna dodge once again with a quote from a drivel passage. Typical Chad."
      @Chad " how so? please provide specifics..
      or not 🙂

      ====
      @Answer "Love the Lord your God" – and who is the Lord.. if my god isn't YOUR god?"
      @Chad "if your "god" isnt the God of Israel, then you are worshiping something else.
      That passage pertains specifically to loving the God of Israel.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  17. Rob

    I'm sure if Jesus were alive today, the GOP would've been the ones to torture and kill him.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Jute

      Now that comment qualifies for an ignorance award Rob.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  18. TC

    Well here it is Sunday and I'm wasting my time as usual trying to explain important truths to a mentally inferior selection of readers. What is there left to do but come out and admit I am religious but also a gay man – there I said it. So I'm damned in your eyes? People like you are so low on the IQ scale that you can't possibly claim to be believers, because you don't understand what belief means. Also you are probably all liberals, the most dangerous misguided form of belief.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • TC

      I didnt post this – just an irritated atheist using my name. Dont go away angry – just go away.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • scott

      You have no important truths and most people are of average intelligence.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Anybody know how to read?

      Are you a PUblic Servant?

      November 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • DUMP hINDU FABRICATION MITHRA ISM, SAVIOR ISM, CHRISTIANITY, VOTE FOR TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD

      To be gay is a holy tradition of hinduism, pagan ism, and you fit best to be called a person of hindu pagan religion, as are many of hindu christian evangelist,

      November 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • TC

      I didn't post this either. Someone's taking the Mickey! Trying to expose me for the pompous windbag that I am. And don't say I have no sense of humor either – you wouldn't understand that even if its true!

      November 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Gay is not a bad thing to admonish yet the earnest challenges to be accepted by many who you socialize with should be where you put your Easter basket at in hopes of a few eggs to land within and hopefully get hatched,,, Uhhh, What the sam hell am I sayin!!! ? My dopiness has reached a climax!

      November 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Ryan

      Is this Armand White, professional troll? Big fan of your work...

      November 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  19. scott

    God.........The first do nothing dad.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • TC

      What does Dad have to do with it. Your so dumb.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  20. glorydays

    "morality is doing what is right no matter what you are told. religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right."

    November 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • TC

      an inaccurate and cynical statement

      November 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • scott

      Well said!

      November 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • DUMP hINDU FABRICATION MITHRA ISM, SAVIOR ISM, CHRISTIANITY, VOTE FOR TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD

      Morality is limit of truth absolute and hinduism, corruption of truth absolute, religion is a tool to be out side the morality, limit of truth absolute, and still, claim to be a person of morality. hinduism, absurdity at it's best.visit limitisthetruth.com to learn hinduism, corruption of truth absolute by hindu's, criminals.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • Rayan

      An accurate and optimistic statement. Optimistic in the hope that we may some day escape the stupidity of religion.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.