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Church must deal with sin that creates community problems (A NEW KIND OF SIN FOR US !!!)
Southtown Star (Chicago) ^ | August 15, 2010 | Rev. Rod Reinhart

Posted on 08/16/2010 11:57:38 AM PDT by Chi-townChief

Sometimes our south suburban landscape seems pretty bleak. Leaders of churches, cities, schools, businesses and community groups all over our region, all over the Chicago area, feel bowled over and knocked about by a bewildering array of social, economic and environmental concerns.

Homelessness and hunger are on the rise. Guns are more widely available than ever. All of our president's efforts to create prosperity and jobs get crushed by a recalcitrant Congress.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) recently told the SouthtownStar that today's crisis is caused by one political party dedicated to delaying, denying and obstructing all progress, growth and reform until it is back in power. While most of us agree with Madigan, we still listen politely to the arguments of the other side.

Ministers go to a lot of meetings to deal with these problems. Many south suburban ministers, like me, have participated in countless hours of city council meetings, planning boards, school improvement committees, etc. Many of these meetings have a positive effect as church and community leaders plan and take action to solve unsolvable problems.

The meetings I enjoy the most are the meetings of the Ministers Conference of South Cook County. We are a group of small, strong and active churches committed to addressing and healing the wounds that touch so many people in our area. We recently met with the Bankers Community Action Committee (comprising several banks that serve our communities) and made great progress on a program to return businesses, jobs, prosperity - along with improved and credible banking services - to underserved south suburban communities. We hope to see good results soon.

Some people say the church should concentrate on the spiritual work of saving souls from sin and celebrating the sacraments but not on solving social problems. Sin is not just personal and moral failing. Today's sins are the conscious acts that destroy jobs, create poverty and degrade communities. The church is here to confront sin and to proclaim the message of repentance and salvation. To most clergy, the BP oil spill, closed factories, violence, hunger and homelessness certainly look like the results of sin (neglect, recklessness, bad planning). It is our job to call for repentance and change.

People say we have no Chicago-style hunger, poverty, homelessness or violence in the south suburbs. But my food pantry at St. Clement's Episcopal Church in Harvey and scores of other food programs in our region are at capacity. The recent gang killings of Adam Martinez in Park Forest and other innocent young people place us next in line to Chicago. We pray that the new Supreme Court ruling on guns will not bring fire and Armageddon to the south suburbs.

When you write a religion column, you must do more than preach and complain. Sometimes, you have to inspire church and community leaders with ideas and advice that give hope, courage and strength when life is rough and times are hard.

My good friend the Rev. Mike Stephenson and I recently compiled just such a list. Here it is.

Mike and Rod's 12 Rules for Church Survival, Mission and Growth

1. Don't wallow in powerless self-pity. Go out and do ministry.

2. Don't be paralyzed by depression and fear. Find new and effective ways to take action for God.

3. Get active as a congregation. Concentrate on growth and not on shrinking.

4. Find new ways to get the message out. Don't rely on silence to accomplish your goals.

5. Even if the community is not conducive to church growth, don't give up.

6. Unite around your goal of growth and ministry. Don't just struggle for survival.

7. If everything seems against you, God and the church still are on your side

8. If you go down, at least go down swinging.

9. Keep your ears and eyes open to the Holy Spirit. The spirit moves in very unexpected ways.

10. Never give up on the ministries God gives to you. If they are from God, God will not let them die.

11. Money is important, but mission is not only or exclusively about money.

12. Don't abandon ship. Don't go down with the ship. Bail and pray. God will keep you afloat.

THE REV. ROD REINHART IS PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIRMAN OF THE MINISTERS CONFERENCE OF SOUTH COOK COUNTY. HE CAN BE REACHED AT REVROD@COMCAST.NET


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: churchandstate; liberals; rats; religion
Ya gotta wonder what church this "reverend" represents and what god he worships.
1 posted on 08/16/2010 11:57:44 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: AbsoluteJustice; Augie76; Barnacle; BeAllYouCanBe; BillyBoy; Bismarck; bourbon; ...

CHICAGOLAND PING


2 posted on 08/16/2010 11:58:35 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

Episcopalian, enough said.


3 posted on 08/16/2010 12:00:05 PM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Chi-townChief
All of our president's efforts to create prosperity and jobs get crushed by a recalcitrant Congress.

Stopped here. Political Priests can KMA.

4 posted on 08/16/2010 12:00:05 PM PDT by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: Chi-townChief
"All of our president's efforts to create prosperity and jobs get crushed by a recalcitrant Congress."

Despite the lie, notice the implicit admission that Obamanomics has been a disaster.

5 posted on 08/16/2010 12:03:19 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: Chi-townChief

So-called ministers of God who condone fornication, absent fathers and teen pregnancies and then blame all poverty on whitey have a lot of nerve.


6 posted on 08/16/2010 12:04:50 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (" 'Bush did it' is not a foreign policy." -- Victor Davis Hanson)
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To: Chi-townChief

What Chicago needs is a good community organizer! And I know just where they can find one.


7 posted on 08/16/2010 12:05:00 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: Chi-townChief
by one political party dedicated to delaying, denying and obstructing all progress, growth and reform until it is back in power.

Well after that stupid statement we know he's not a genius. If the "one party" isn't in power, how are they doing all that?

8 posted on 08/16/2010 12:05:02 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: Chi-townChief
All of our president's efforts to create prosperity and jobs get crushed by a recalcitrant Congress.

Lying is a sin, "Reverend", at least in any church I've been to.

9 posted on 08/16/2010 12:08:13 PM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the People's Republic of Boulder)
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To: Chi-townChief
All of our president's efforts to create prosperity and jobs get crushed by a recalcitrant Congress.

Yeah, like health care, industry takeovers, bailouts, stimulus packa.....OOPS.

Nice that this guy doesn't let those pesky little "facts" get in the way of his screed...

10 posted on 08/16/2010 12:08:24 PM PDT by NorCoGOP (OBAMA: Living proof that hope is not a plan.)
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To: Chi-townChief

sin that creates community problems—the word for that sin is called “liberalism”


11 posted on 08/16/2010 12:08:27 PM PDT by MNDude (Ask the Native American's how their "Open Borders" policy worked out for them.)
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To: All
Most Black “Ministers” are so biblically illiterate it's a crime to be called as such. Most of them never goto divinity school or have taken one formal class on Chuch history, Biblical Hermetics, etc. I have heard some great ones without any formal training, but the norm is race hustling, illiterate, properity teacher. Bad fruit on bad trees in East St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit. Margaret Sanger would be proud the way the satanic world of drugs , promiscious sex, and violence is exterminating themselves.
12 posted on 08/16/2010 12:09:42 PM PDT by pburgh01
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To: Chi-townChief
Do guns cause crime, gangs and drug use? It could be that the failed big city ghettos fester theft, gangs and drug use out of dispir. I know that you can not solve the problem but do not blame me and my way of life. Life is better with Christ.
13 posted on 08/16/2010 12:10:22 PM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Chi-townChief
Today's sins are the conscious acts that destroy jobs, create poverty and degrade communities.

Yep. The conscious acts of Obama and big government liberalism.

The dumb bunny. He's blaming the wrong people.

14 posted on 08/16/2010 12:12:13 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: Chi-townChief

So Hussein’s plans for growth and prosperity have been crushed by a recalcitrant congress!! Now THAT’S funny. And it’s also just about as far as anyone needs read.


15 posted on 08/16/2010 12:18:59 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: mountainlion

The Obamas and the flaccid psuedo-Churches in Chicago and other urban crapholes are a lost cause. It’s the world before the flood there, but there aren’t many Noahs. It;s beyond third world and not one thin dime shoud go there, no welfare, no food stamps, nada. It’s killing those communities and has been. Can’t feed your kids? well we need orpahnages and less burecracy in adoptions. Jesus was pretty clear on charity, who deserves it and the nature of the lazy human heart to sponge off their fellow man. Take away the safety net and you can end this shame spiral, those people can get their dignity back and not be one step above bleating livestock.


16 posted on 08/16/2010 12:20:38 PM PDT by pburgh01
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To: Chi-townChief

Well, He IS a PR man from the “windy city’.


17 posted on 08/16/2010 12:35:14 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Chi-townChief
All of our president's efforts to create prosperity and jobs get crushed by a recalcitrant Congress.

So opposition to the Obama agenda is now sin.

Riiighhhttt...

18 posted on 08/16/2010 12:40:30 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Chi-townChief
[Art.] All of our president's efforts to create prosperity and jobs get crushed by a recalcitrant Congress.

Does Nancy Pelosi know about this?

</sarc>

19 posted on 08/16/2010 12:42:54 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Chi-townChief
All of our president's efforts to create prosperity and jobs get crushed by a recalcitrant Congress.

You mean the same Congress that is controlled by Obama's party? I would hardly refer to them as recalcitrant since they have done plenty of damage to this country in the past 4 years, with or without Obama in the WH. Apparently the good Rev. thinks that the Dems haven't done enough damage to this country.

20 posted on 08/16/2010 12:45:00 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason (Never trust a liberal.)
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To: Seruzawa
Stopped there as well.

John Waynes words ring immortal with this dork:

Lifes hard. Its even harder when your stupid.

21 posted on 08/16/2010 12:54:08 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: Finny

Apparently, “Rev” Reinhart should help 0bama, Madigan, and their fellow ‘rats pray for guidance; they’re not doing too well on their own.


22 posted on 08/16/2010 1:01:47 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief
Your Statement: "Ya gotta wonder what church this "reverend" represents and what god he worships. "

Response: There is no God but Dialectical Materialism and Marx is its prophet.

23 posted on 08/16/2010 1:02:23 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Seruzawa

“All of our president’s efforts to create prosperity and jobs get crushed by a recalcitrant Congress.”

Ditto. No need to read any further. I feel ill.


24 posted on 08/16/2010 1:03:34 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: Chi-townChief

“Out-of-control borrowing, state healthcare, government daycare, re-federalisation of welfare, eco-statism, regulation of private-sector remuneration, seizure of industries...”
- Maureen Dowd

Are THESE the points where our Dear Leader has been frustrated by a ‘recalcitrant congress’ in his noble quest?


25 posted on 08/16/2010 1:08:57 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
What Chicago needs is a good community organizer! And I know just where they can find one.

No. Chicago just needs to be flushed. Kind of like detroit.

26 posted on 08/16/2010 1:22:32 PM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: Chi-townChief

Ah - the Social Gospel. Pure Leftist Progressivism. Twin to National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Naziism).


27 posted on 08/16/2010 2:09:29 PM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: John O

Please tell me you didn’t think I was serious.


28 posted on 08/16/2010 3:09:02 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: Chi-townChief

The good reverand is well suited to a religion column, not so much for a Christian one.


29 posted on 08/16/2010 3:11:33 PM PDT by FourPeas (God Save America)
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To: Chi-townChief

Dying liberal Drainline churches.


30 posted on 08/16/2010 4:29:19 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
Please tell me you didn’t think I was serious.

I knew you were joking. But chicago still needs to be flushed. :^)

31 posted on 08/16/2010 7:44:21 PM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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