have you ever had a friend or
acquaintance tell you all religions are
basically the same? That we are all in the
dark touching a different part of what we
call God? have you ever thought about
why our society pushes us to believe we
are all the same? is there really no difference between being male and female?
muslim and christian? have you ever
thought about the insane irrationality of
We are pushed to be generic because
it makes us easier to control. it makes it
easier for the dominant cultural model
(whatever that may be) to stay as the
dominant cultural model. When we
allow our christian convictions to be
whitewashed into an acceptable societal standard, we are no longer placing
our trust in God. instead we begin to
place our trust in whatever secular or
corporate model we are being influenced by.
i just watched a video from the urbana
conference where an iranian christian
woman talked about having faith in God
to grow the church in iran. in the midst
of intense christian persecution, God
had told her she was going to plant
seven churches. in a country where
worshipping Jesus christ is illegal, this
woman chose to trust in God.
in our Western culture we are lulled
into thinking there is no choice to make.
While praying for and hearing a direct
word from God would bring scepticism
and potential accusations of mental
illness, you can be a christian as long
as you walk the line and don’t talk too
much about Jesus at your workplace.
You can be a muslim as long as you
don’t expect your employer to let you
pray five times a day. You can be a
woman as long as you don’t believe
that sex is mainly for the purpose of
procreation. Faith is a private individual
matter, and sex is for pleasure not for
purpose, and being born with a womb is
a biological glitch on our road to gender
By pushing this model of sameness, our Western world believes it
is protecting us and our society from
religious radicalization and oppressive
traditionalism. The truth is that it is
simply allowing the current holders of
power to perpetuate their models of
economic and cultural oppression.
our human greed
and lust for power
is at the heart of
You are not free just because you
can buy and have sex with whatever or
whomever you want. and muslims are
not radicalized out of a sense of free-
dom to be different. They began their
radicalization under colonial oppression
to conform and continue to radicalize
under pressure to adapt to Western
Well over a thousand years ago, in
eighth- and ninth-century iran and
Syria, muslims and christians lived in
relative peace for many years together. They didn’t live in peace because
they thought they were all the same.
instead of some religious melting pot,
there was a diverse group of religious
monotheists. christians paid a small tax
of about one per cent in order to have
freedom to worship and be protected
by the muslim military of the time.
living under a foreign empire has
always been a great place for christians
to spread the gospel. By the late tenth-and early eleventh centuries, christian
crusaders and muslim warlords could
no longer resist their lust for power,
wealth and land, so the holy wars began
(The Lost History of Christianity, by
it is important to remember that our
human greed and lust for power is what
is at the heart of global oppression and
violence. The religious violence of the
middle ages and modern melting pot
ideologies are simply used as a conduit
to that end.
WhEN Tolerance mEaNS
By: Jesse hove
Who is Jesse Hove?
1) he was born in calgary but also
spent many years in Saskatchewan.
Because of this his favourite hockey
team is the calgary Flames, but his
favourite canadian football team is
the Saskatchewan roughriders.
2) While he was raised lutheran, he
has been on pentecostal mission
trips, worked for the christian reformed church, gone to an anglican
seminary, and married a woman with
a Baptist background.
3) his wife is three inches taller than
4) his favourite movie is Forrest
Gump, which has a heavy influence
on why his favourite soft drink is
5) his favourite hockey player is
Theoren Fleury, with Jarome iginla
and Johnny Gaudreau following very
closely at second and third.