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Missionary Robert Park to be Released

Posted in Humanity, Religion with tags , , , on February 5, 2010 by raingeg

Tucson missionary Robert Park will be released. I didn’t personally know Robert but I know people that do, seems like a good guy.

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said on Friday it will release U.S. religious activist Robert Park, arrested in December for illegally entering the country in a journey to raise awareness about Pyongyang’s human rights abuses.

“The relevant organ of the DPRK (North Korea) decided to leniently forgive and release him, taking his admission and sincere repentance of his wrong doings into consideration,” the state KCNA news agency said.

Park, 28, walked over the frozen Tumen river from China and into North Korea on Christmas Day, other activists who helped him said.

He told Reuters in Seoul ahead of the crossing it was his duty as a Christian and that he was carrying a letter calling on North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to release those he holds in brutal political camps and to step down.

Throw Away Words

Posted in Politics, Religion with tags , , on May 14, 2008 by raingeg

I am somewhat uncomfortable being labeled an “Evangelical”. As far as I know the word evangelical is never in the Bible. It is a term that has become nearly synonymous with “TBN Christianity“ and crazy Christians, and just gives opponents of Christianity a way to wrap a person and that persons beliefs up in one big picture. The term itself is useless, it merely means that you are a Christian, but these days it means far more. Especially if you are a Conservative and a Christian, you must be one of those crazy evangelicals that are on the television. This is nothing more than a stereotype that is just not true. These are just throw away words that people use to easily take a swipe at a Christian. It is just as useless as the terms “Pro-Choice” and “Pro-Life” or “Pro-War” or “Anti-War” there is no way you can sum up someone’s feelings or ideas on the given subjects in one term. For example I would probably be considered a Pro-Choice individual that hates abortion, I just think that the choice to have sex (that allows for the chance of pregnancy), should pull all the weight, not the choice to rid life of consequences. I have never to my knowledge been called an evangelical and I don’t care if I am or not, but I must say that I don’t intend on adhering to the label by choice. You might as well just call me a Christian or a Christ follower because those are terms that the term Evangelical should be synonymous with, but these day’s are not. The sad thing is that the term ‘Born-Again”, which is a fairly important one in the life of a Christian, has for the same reason become synonymous to crazy people on the Christian side of the isle. In the eyes of new Christians and people outside of Christianity people that are “Born Again” are almost a whole separate denomination.

You encounter the same thing when you look at the term “Neo-Con”. This term sounds so strangely menacing when it comes from the lips of an angry person, that, again wants to take a swipe at a conservative. For some reason you are supposed to be afraid of the “Neo-Con agenda”, but when you actually look at the term that the red eyes and scales are so often attributed to it becomes far less menacing. All a Neo-Con is, is a new(neo) conservative(con) or a conservative that was once considered a liberal and is now considered a conservative. Why do we not call Hillary Clinton a Neo-Dem or Neo-Lib, after all she was once a Goldwater Girl. Obviously I am not advocating that, but in fact the opposite.

I know that conservatives have throw away words as well but these are ridiculous and should be put into context. In the future will take terms that might seem to be throw away words for Conservatives and Christians and provide evidence to prove that they are not.