Posted by: the warrioress | October 14, 2013

An Embarrassment

From the Albuquerque Tea Party on Tax Day

From the Albuquerque Tea Party on Tax Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m beginning to be embarrassed by the label of “evangelical, fundamentalist Christian.” I never thought I would actually feel this way and feel the necessity to say so publicly. Unfortunately, this label that I was once very proud to be associated with is now something that I increasingly find myself having to defend, justify, rationalize, and explain due to actions of others who have now made these words ugly, irrational, and anything BUT Christ-like.

Normal everyday Americans now believe that the majority of fundamentalist, evangelical Christians are Tea Party conservative Republicans who approve of what the extreme right of the Republican party are doing in hijacking the government and keeping it shut down.

What these people are doing makes me sick! It’s not Christian; it’s not Christ-like — and it’s repugnant to me!

A picture of a tea partier holding a sign whic...

A picture of a tea partier holding a sign which reads ‘”Cap” congress and “trade” Obama back to Kenya’. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t know how to clarify that just because I believe in the fundamentals of Christianity (fundamentalist) and believe in sharing the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ (evangelical) that I’m not one of these kinds of extreme right Christian believers. I suppose all I can do is attempt to create a new label for myself that doesn’t associate me with these kinds of Christians anymore.

Unfortunately, I don’t fit well into the “Christian left” either. I’m more of left-leaning Independent-type politically, who tries to follow Jesus Christ in daily life, who believes in the bible, but doesn’t want to push it onto others or force them to follow it politically.

I’m just not sure what I can label myself as anymore. “Progressive Christian” doesn’t fit me because I sincerely believe the bible and am against abortion.

Depressed and Rainy

Depressed and Rainy (Photo credit: BionicBotanist)

While I lean left, I don’t lean so far left that I’m in favor of what the bible speaks against, but I am loving of all people regardless of their beliefs, and I’m not someone who wants to judge the splinter in another’s eyes when I have enough to deal with taking care of the beam in my own.

All I know is that the word “Christian” is beginning to carry a nasty stigma that isn’t rational, reasonable, loving, joyous, faithful, peaceful, or anything like Jesus Christ said we were to be as Christians; it’s a label that is increasingly associated with conservative right wing politics and I’m ashamed of these kinds of political beliefs. I know these are not the kind of beliefs that Jesus Christ stood for or preached about as a lifestyle.

The following article had me just cringing in shame as I read it; that I might be associated with these people described in this article makes me feel rather ill. I don’t see how I can call myself a fundamentalist, evangelical Christian anymore when that apparently means “extremist” and “irrational.”

How do I let people know that not all Christians think like this? How can I make them see and understand that Jesus isn’t like this and neither is God? I’m just not sure what to do anymore…

These people are giving Christians a bad reputation.

Christian Delusions Are Driving The GOP Insane

“The press often talks about the Tea Party like they’re secularist movement that is interested mainly in promoting “fiscal conservatism”, a vague notion that never actually seems to make good on the promise to save taxpayer money. The reality is much different: The Tea Party is actually driven primarily by fundamentalist Christians whose penchant for magical thinking and belief that they’re being guided by divine forces makes it tough for them to see the real world as it is.

It’s not just that the rogue’s gallery of congress people who are pushing the hardest for hostage-taking as a negotiation tactic also happens to be a bench full of Bible thumpers. Pew Research shows that people who align with the Tea Party are more likely to not only agree with the views of religious conservatives, but are likely to cite religious belief as their prime motivation for their political views.  White evangelicals are the religious group most likely to approve of the Tea Party. Looking over the data, it becomes evident that the “Tea Party” is just a new name for the same old white fundamentalists who would rather burn this country to the ground than share it with everyone else, and this latest power play from the Republicans is, in essence, a move from that demographic to assert their “right” to control the country, even if their politicians aren’t in power.”

It’s no surprise, under the circumstances, that a movement controlled by fundamentalist Christians would be oblivious to the very real dangers that their actions present. Fundamentalist religion is extremely good at convincing its followers to be more afraid of imaginary threats than real ones, and to engage in downright magical thinking about the possibility that their own choices could work out very badly. When you believe that forcing the government into default in an attempt to derail Obamacare is the Lord’s work, it’s very difficult for you to see that it could have very real, negative effects.

It’s hard for the Christian fundamentalists who run the Republican Party now to worry about the serious economic danger they’re putting the world in, because they are swept up in worrying that President Obama is an agent of the devil and that the world is on the verge of mayhem and apocalypse if they don’t “stop” him somehow, presumably be derailing the Affordable Care Act. Christian conservatives such as Ellis Washington are running around telling each other that the ACA  will lead to “the systematic genocide of the weak, minorities, enfeebled, the elderly and political enemies of the God-state.” Twenty percent of Republicans believe Obama is the Antichrist.Washington Times columnist Jeffrey Kuhner argued that Obama is using his signature health care legislation to promote “the destruction of the family, Christian culture”, and demanded that Christians “need to engage in peaceful civil disobedience against President Obama’s signature health care law”. 

The article continues here and is really well worth reading.

http://www.salon.com/2013/10/10/christian_delusions_are_driving_the_gop_insane/

What surprises me is that these right wing Christians are actually making things up about Obamacare as they try to demonize President Obama and his Affordable Healthcare Act. They actually claim that Obamacare will make us all get a microchip implanted under our skin (the supposed mark of the beast). This is a blatant lie! These folks are being dishonest and are acting downright crazy at this point.

 

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Responses

  1. WWJD?
    Jesus resides in my heart, as does the church. The life you lead sets the example you seek. Being a Christian in today’s world puts challenges on you, until you remember you are the church. The building you attend fellowship in is not.
    The “Tea Party” or Fox News Christians do not represent me or my beliefs. As you probably know, if the only place you get your news is from Fox, you are not getting all the news.
    WWJD – What Would Jesus Do – He would not tell the old and frail that they are irrelevant or too much a drain on society. He would not let the children starve, while sending aid around the world to encourage war.
    WWJD – I am sure he would not put millions out of work just to make a profit for the big companies.
    What do I know? I’m just a normal Christian.

    Ed

  2. Hi Bible Warrioress. As mentioned when I first met you on-line a couple of months ago, I have been fighting this pseudo-Christian nonsense in the trenches (deep, muddy, and nasty trenches) for the better part of 25 years. My knowledge on this subject is deep and wide-ranging. If you would ever like to know more or just have a back and forth e-mail converstion about it, please let me know. I am always available.

    As for what to label yourself (if you need a label at all), that one is easy and very old. You are a “Disciple of Jesus Christ.” You need absolutely nothing beyond that one simple distinction, which has absolutely nothing to do with denominations, independent churches, politics, etc.

    Also, in my fight against all of this pseudoreligious/political nonsense, it occurred to me that a person could get easily pulled off track by the various winds and storms that blow around in all of the muck and gibberish—as well as the overall challenges of life itself. Basically, I decided that only one thing was sure to keep a person on track even in the strongest and foulest winds. It has pretty muck worked for me. That is to “always” keep your eyes on the words, person, and example of Jesus Christ himself—and nothing else. I think Paul was offering that same advice to the church at Corinth (a pretty wild place in ancient times) when he said the following:

    “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2)

    Basically, taking it a step further for evaluating the pseudoreligious/political fray, that means if it does not waddle like Jesus, swim like Jesus, and quack like Jesus—it ain’t Jesus—or anything of, from, about, or related to Jesus.

    You can take that one to the bank.

  3. What a shame that we have “so called Christians” in our family that behave worse than the Romans did when they killed Christians in the Colosseum or Coliseum.

  4. Reblogged this on Dr Denis’s Weblog and commented:
    There are some that think before they join the groups that are destroying the U.S.A. the warrioress is one!

  5. I can’t thank you guys enough for telling me how you really feel and helping my confusion about all of this. Sometimes I get so frustrated… I am so blessed and grateful for you, all of you. I love you very much, Ed, Dover, and Dr. Denis. May God bless and keep all of you and thank you again for sharing here.

  6. Thank you for re-blogging, Dr. Denis!

    Dover, I absolutely love that label: Disciple of Jesus Christ. It’s perfect!!! Thank you so much! (hug)

  7. I am invariably surprised by my fellow Christian’s rightist views and even more so by their assumption that as a Christian, I must feel the same way. There are several verses in the Bible about respecting leaders (Exodus 22:28, Romans 13:1, 1 Timothy 2:1-2 to name a few); I agree it is shocking and offensive how vocally embittering some Christians openly are with the current administration.

  8. It seems like all the ‘labels’ that used to be considered honourable are now used in a derogatory way – both in a Christian context and in life in general.

    I use the term “blood-bought, adopted child of the living God”

  9. Warrioress, I bet you are not by far alone in your views. There are lot of good people like you who are also Christians around the globe. Just like not all Muslims or Hindus are extremists. Infact most Christians, Jews, Buddhists Hindus, Shintoans, Muslims, Animists and atheists are not extremists at all. Just regular everyday good people who do not want anything bad to anyone else, but who are sometimes deluded by their powerhungry leadership to extreme acts and opinions.

    However, it is a good point for you to contemplate how much of your views have been informed, or influenced by similar lies and extremist interpretation of the scripture as the ones you now have recognized from the extreme right wing loonies to be false. Is it not?

    I have no doubt, that the right wing madmen who are certain that Obama is the antichrist are sincere in their belief. Yet, no god takes responsibility in telling them, that their interpretation of the scripture and the situation is immoral, or even that it is wrong. Does that not make you suspicious of the existance, or at very least the intentions of such a god? Do those misinformed people deserve to end up in heaven, or hell? Is it really enough that their cultural heritage led them to the “right” source of “salvation”, when a far better person who happened to be born as a Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim or an atheist is sent to hell for not finding a particular relgious story plausible, from their own cultural tradition and aspect? When the representatives of Christianity the other people meet are as you described them?

    Can you really blame a person who becomes suspicious of the existance of a god because of this? Is it fair for a person to end up in eternal suffering for having such doubts? It is not the first time in history, that religions have been abused for political power, by the admission of sincerely religious people and never has any god made any effort to set such misunderstandings or lies right.

  10. @rautakyy:

    You said:

    I have no doubt, that the right wing madmen who are certain that Obama is the antichrist are sincere in their belief. Yet, no god takes responsibility in telling them, that their interpretation of the scripture and the situation is immoral, or even that it is wrong. Does that not make you suspicious of the existance, or at very least the intentions of such a god?

    The fact that the extreme religious right have ignored and continue to ignore huge portions of the teachings of Jesus Christ within the New Testament have no escaped me and I doubt this intentional denying due to greed and focus upon worldly lusts will excuse their behavior when they stand before Christ Jesus and God Himself. How they will be judged for it is beyond me; I’m primarily concerned with my own status before God, but I do know that there are many who think they are saved, forgiven, and headed for Heaven who are not; these same are going to be extremely surprised when they are told:

    “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Matthew 7:22-23

    You also said:

    Do those misinformed people deserve to end up in heaven, or hell? Is it really enough that their cultural heritage led them to the “right” source of “salvation”, when a far better person who happened to be born as a Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim or an atheist is sent to hell for not finding a particular relgious story plausible, from their own cultural tradition and aspect? When the representatives of Christianity the other people meet are as you described them?

    Can you really blame a person who becomes suspicious of the existance of a god because of this? Is it fair for a person to end up in eternal suffering for having such doubts? It is not the first time in history, that religions have been abused for political power, by the admission of sincerely religious people and never has any god made any effort to set such misunderstandings or lies right.

    I don’t think the person who cannot believe, or refuses to believe, who rejects Christ can put the blame for this decision onto anyone else. The Lord tells us that there is the ability to look at creation itself and know there is God. I don’t believe there will be an excuse when the time comes that we stand before God and some attempt to make one. The behavior of other people has nothing to do with one’s own personal decision to reject Jesus Christ and what the bible says to each one of us. We are responsible for our choices, no matter what someone else is saying, doing, or thinking.

    “What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that men are without excuse” Rom. 1:19-20

    “The fool says in his heart, `There is no God'” (Psalm 14:1)


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