"...a large number of so-called born again Christians treated their relationships with their kids like they were little more than a subscriptions to HBO. Sure, some people probably stopped sponsoring their kid and began sponsoring another kid through a different organization. But that’s not any better. A child sponsorship is not a product that can be returned and exchanged for a different brand. There’s nothing “moral” about using a kid as a bargaining chip to punish a Christian organization for making a decision that you don’t agree with. There’s nothing honoring about using children to force an organization’s hand. There’s nothing “pro life” about that. There’s nothing remotely “Christlike” about that. It’s downright disgusting, manipulative, and sad. If I was a Pentecostal, I might even call it demonic."
"May we wake up from our intolerant slumber…" - Matthew Paul Turner
"Christians can disagree about what the Bible says (or doesn’t say) about same-sex marriage. This is not an issue of orthodoxy. But when we begin using child sponsorships as bargaining tools in our debates, we’ve lost the way of Jesus.” - Rachel Held Evans,
"In the world, if the value of something is always determined by the price that was paid for it, and heaven went bankrupt to get you back, how dare you look in the mirror and say you're worthless?!" - Todd White
"So much of religion seems to be about fear: fear of going to hell; fear of having bad theology; fear of not satisfying your end of the bargain so God will favor you and bless you; fear of others finding out how much you're not really like the person you project and pretend to be; fear of trusting your own inner guidance and fear of thinking for yourself; fear of not upholding the expectations of your religious sub-culture; fear of sexuality; fear of people who are different; fear of the world; fear of messing up; fear of not being good enough... spiritual enough... godly enough. I don't know which is worse - the way religion makes us afraid to die, or the way it makes us afraid to live." - Jim Palmer, Notes from (Over) The Edge