"Then the men set out from there, and they looked toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to set them on their way. The Lord said, 'Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed by him? NO, for I have chosen him, that he may charge his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and JUSTICE';… So the men turned from there, and went toward Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Then Abraham CAME NEAR AND SAID… Far be that from YOU"
-Genesis 18:16-20, 23a, 25b
This is fuckin' fantastic. Abraham stood next to God and questioned His judgement based on the possibility of righteousness in the most immoral Sin City of sin cities. And God wanted, quite possibly hoped, that Abraham would stand up in this nature; for justice and righteousness? for humans in the great expanse of humanity? Have we mishandled the definitions and values of the such.
Take that with your "uber-conservative birthright" or your "God's a big bully to my liberal-arts boobiness" breakfast and bite down real damn hard as the difference in your neighbor should be the definitive reason you stand up for your neighbor no matter what you think you know of God or the WORLD.