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Mike Iverson

I'm with you on this. I believe that Jesus brought a message of love to ALL mankind rather than one of ritual, worship, and salvation for a select few. I once asked you the "meaning of life" and you replied "service". I think Jesus, too, would have agreed that service (and activism) is far more important than worship; a concept that seems hard to grasp by many today who consider themselves Christians...

You quoted one great songwriter from the 70's, here's a take on the same subject by another:

The Rebel Jesus
(By Jackson Brown)

All the streets are filled with laughter and light

And the music of the season

And the merchants windows are all bright

With the faces of the children

And the families hurrying to their homes

As the sky darkens and freezes

They'll be gathering around the hearths and tales

Giving thanks for all God's graces

And the birth of the rebel Jesus

Well they call him by the Prince of Peace

And they call him by the Savior

And they pray to him upon the seas

And in every bold endeavor

As they fill his churches with their pride and gold

And their faith in him increases

But they've turned the nature that I worshipped in

From a temple to a robbers den

In the words of the rebel Jesus

We guard our world with locks and guns

And we guard our fine possessions

And once a year when Christmas comes

We give to our relations

And perhaps we give a little to the poor

If the generosity should seize us

But if any one of us should interfere

In the business of why they are poor

They get the same as the rebel Jesus

But please forgive me if I seem

To take the tone of judgement

For I've no wish to come between

This day and your enjoyment

In this life of hardship and of earthly toil

There's a need for anything that frees us

So I bid you pleasure

And I bid you cheer

From a heathen and a pagan

On the side of the rebel Jesus.

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