posted on Oct, 20 2009 @ 06:41 AM
Up front...I don't know what to think about this story.
I have heard of the Family before aka the Fellowship both praised and condemned.
From Wiki comes this:
Author Jeff Sharlet did intensive research in the Family's archives, before the Family archives were closed to the public. He also spent a month in
2003 living at a Fellowship house near Washington, and wrote a magazine article describing his experiences. In his 2008 book about the Family, he
criticizes their theology as elitist, an "elite fundamentalism" that fetishizes political power and wealth, consistently opposes labor movements in
the US and abroad, and teaches that laissez-faire economic policy is "God's will." He criticizes their theology of instant forgiveness for powerful
men as providing a convenient excuse so that elites who commit misdeeds or crimes can avoid accepting responsibility or accountability for their
And the article this thread is based on says:
...Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Family members who did their bit to slow down reform in their roles on the
negotiating team for the Senate Finance Committee health care reform bill, remain unmoved by the 865 preventable deaths suffered each week by people
without access to proper health care.
The God of The Family's teaching would never hold Grassley or Enzi -- or any other official -- to account for those deaths, because Grassley and Enzi
are key men in God's plan...
...It's that theology that led The Family, over the years, to aid and abet such dictators as Haiti's Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, Indonesia's
Haji Muhammad Suharto, Chile's Augusto Pinochet, and the brutal Angolan rebel Jonas Savimbi, who among them killed more than a million
The Family is not the religious right as we know it -- that noisy, moralizing fracas of a movement, rooted in the most conservative forms of the
Baptist and Methodist denominations (and more recently expanded to include Pentacostals). In the 1990s, "family values" became the credo of the
religious right's populist front, as its leaders set about convincing the nation's most socially conservative Protestants that the values of the
left were inherently anti-family.
Their theology is summarized as:
Sharlet refers to The Family's theology as one of "elite fundamentalism," but that's not quite right. Fundamentalism refers to a literal reading
of the Bible. Little in The Family's ideology seems rooted, either literally or figuratively, in the Gospels, or much in the Bible at all.
The Jesus of The Family is a Jesus unmoored from his own teachings; a blank slate of a Jesus who demands nothing but acceptance of the power structure
of the world as it currently exists in exchange for his blessing. And since this Jesus is offered mostly to men of high rank, that's not so hard a
It's an idea that Coe, as Sharlet reports, calls "Jesus plus nothing." As the man who invited Sharlet into The Family explained, "We're not even
Christian. We just follow Jesus."
Yet Jesus said to sell all of your possessions give the money to the poor and follow me...
He also said render unto Cesar what is Cesar's and render unto God what is God...
and he said that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
Prosperity gospel is a travesty of all that...but power gospel for the few?
Of course using Jesus to support the status quo is old hat...
but if this article is true and I do question it...you could not even call this following Jesus... rather a religious excuse for unrestrained supply
(visit the link for the full news article)
[edit on 20-10-2009 by grover]