Pope Francis, in his homily this week, warned his flock of those people who are “Christian in name only.”
“They bear the name of Christians but live the life of pagans,” Francis said.
I’m not sure if pagan is the most encompassing name for them, but there certainly seems to be a lot of people wandering around today who call themselves Christian or tout their Christian background but are far from living Christian lifestyles.
I think this goes far beyond being a bit of a wild child or partaking in the occasional sinful indulgence, and gets into the realm of direct advocacy against Christian principles and seeking converts to your cause, be it homosexuality, legalized drug use, abortion, communism or atheism.
These “christian pagans” can be recognized by the disdain they exhibit toward the church and the Bible even while bragging about their own supposedly superior moral standards.
Take for instance an incident involving “Orange is the New Black” actress Lea DeLaria, who is openly lesbian but quick to wave her Christian credentials when the situation demands it.
Recently, she started a quarrel with a street preacher on a subway train. The preacher was doing what street preachers do, sharing the Gospel — loudly.
DeLaria, unsurprisingly, tried to shut him down, saying, “Other people believe other things and have every right to believe other things on this planet and in this world. We do not have to be force fed this man’s religious beliefs. Jesus never said for you to do this, ever — not anywhere in the Bible.”
The irony of complaining about being force-fed another’s views while actually attempting to force-feed her own views to people apparently eludes DeLaria.
As for preaching the Gospel, I’m sure you could find a dozen biblical admonitions to do so without breaking a sweat. So right off the old bat — ahem — we know DeLaria’s Bible knowledge isn’t so sharp.
But that didn’t stop her from doubling down and dipping into her stockpile of aggressive cussing to impress the preacher with her superior brand of Christianity.
“Don’t come at me because I went to f***ing Catholic school for 12 years, and I know every line,” the actress explained, demonstrating her command of Christian swear words. “I want you to stop telling us anything. You do not have a right to do this … this is mass transportation.”
Someone should point out to DeLaria that humans have a right to free speech that comes from God and is protected in this country by the First Amendment. What the “christo-pagans” don’t want, though, is to hear about words and beliefs accurately drawn from the Bible. That sort of talk tends to put a damper on the whole pagan thing that the pope was talking about.
In later defending her verbal assault, DeLaria said the preacher used the word “homo,” as in “homosexual” — rather than the more fashionable “queer,” one supposes — and that’s when she decided to step in for the good of city. Seriously: “You should not, you cannot spew that kind of hatred out loud — especially in New York City, a multicultural and -religious city that we live in. … You must always face evil and take it down.”
Evil in this case being one of those “multi-religions” that make up the city, albeit one she disagrees with.
But her verbal subway assault didn’t stop there. “Religious fanatics are the reason America’s in trouble,” said the religious fanatic. “The Tea Party, ultra-creepy Christians and conservatives. You are the reason America’s in trouble.”
You can watch the videos and decide for yourself who is the reason America is in trouble: the street preacher or the lesbian actress.