One of the first items includes links to a couple of definitions of the phrase Ethno Culture and the Difference between Culture and Ethno Culture in order to best understand the topic at hand. If you care to read these two items now, feel free to do so and then return to the remainder of this blog.
Supposedly they left their European homeland because they were unhappy with the Church of England. They were deeply religious people, though they had an immense desire for independence and freedom. They put much emphasis on education and literacy. Their main source of literature, other than the Bible, was sermons, which were preached in front of congregations.
One example includes a discussion with a person whom I met on Facebook who agreed 100% with my polemic that refutes a pre-tribulation Rapture to Heaven, as well as renouncing the politically originated Zionism philosophy. However, he exploded on me and began cursing me when I told him that the negative attitude many Americans (including thousands upon thousands of self-proclaimed Christians) have towards Mexican immigrants is similar to the oppressive actions taken by the State of Israel against Palestinians, who have basically been dispossessed of the land they have lived in for thousands of years. My friend began citing the incessant verbiage of anti-immigrant talking points we see expressed on thousands of web sites. When I quoted him some of the 250 scriptures where God declares we are to treat aliens as natural American citizens, he said, “I don’t give a damn about those scriptures, we need to round up those Mexicans and send them back where they came from.”
This is only one example of hundreds and hundreds of conversations I have had with "fellow" Christians. Many of them (believe it or not) have called me a traitor, accused me of being unpatriotic, even though I served in the US Air Force, was once a registered Republican and who has cried on numerous occasions while singing our national anthem. I have even been called a racist because I point out the difference between an ethnic Jew and a member of the faith-believing remnant of Israel, who are in reality God's children of promise. They have accused me of being an "anti-semite" (a word that has been coined by Pharisaic cabalists to put on the defense any one who even questions the political activities by the government leaders of the State of Israel), even though my daughter's ethnicity is half Jewish and half Mexican. All of these remarks and accusations simply because I point out specific scripture to validate my theological contentions.
This is only one of hundreds or reactions I have received from those who claim they are Christians, but yet they would rather follow (or allow) their ethno culture to override the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One of the first arguments they spew forth is that ‘aliens’ are law-breakers therefore they need to be punished and kicked out of the country. When I mentioned that this nation has enacted thousands of laws that protect more so the interests of the already rich and wealthy, rather than laws that protect all human beings (if not at least be sensitive to the plight of farm and other laborers) they play the we have to obey the 'laws of the land' card. When I presented them scripture proof that lawmakers cannot enact unjust laws, plus tons of corroborating scripture, they again went ballistics and yelled “To hell with those verses, America’s laws prevail.”
Throughout the Gospels, we are told that God is no respecter of any man, that His promises are to the faithful, those who are prepared to sever all ties between family and race, to become one of those who have a pure heart, and those who are prepared to surrender everything; family, friends, co-workers, political parties, social clubs, fraternities and even their loyalty to their respective ethno culture, solely to pick up their cross to follow and serve Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, a couple of friends of mine (I believe one is of Irish descent, and the other English), wrote two beautiful articles that paint a picture of what all American Christians should practice. One article deals with what our attitude should be toward all immigrants, and the other wrote what he believes Christians should encourage at all times, which calls for us to pray for the return of a once great country, which was called, America: A House for all people.