Let me start this post by saying that I am a Christian, of the Church of Christ denomination. With that out of the way, let me begin this rage-inducing post (for other Christians, though non-Christians will likely be interested in reading it):
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” Corinthians 1 13:1-3, NIV translation.
I don’t do scriptural hit and runs on the Internet so, for a bit, I’m gonna rant.
In this verse Paul, like the Shaft theme song, says to shut yo’ mouf. In Matthew 10:14, Jesus himself says to stuff it and skip town if people don’t want to listen to you. Maybe look back, thinkin’ “oookay, guys”, but the point here is that you don’t stick around where you aren’t welcome.
REAL TALK: Like, half of what Jesus said is about you shutting your face instead of actin’ stupid, that whole “they will know my followers by their actions” thing. Sharing a Facebook post praising Chik Fil’A so does not count as an action. It counts as blabbing that no one wants to hear. It’s one of those things that people mark down for further review when they feel like thinning out their Friends List. Then they shake your wall-spamming dust off of their feet.
The Bible tries its darnedest to get you to shush when you’ve got nothin’ to say. If you’re flailing your arms and screamin’ about Jesus while you listen to a dreadful Christian music radio station (really, people, KLOVE is terrible, go listen to Drowning Man by U2, something with some soul) and don’t know how to pronounce the word alcohol, and wear your WWJD bracelet and get all huffy when someone suggests inclusivity at a company event, you have gotten your reward in full (wham, Matthew 6:2!). Enjoy your car-fish-scented bubble.
There’s this INSANE persecution complex going around in which SEVENTY-SIX PERCENT of the population of the United States is boo-hooin’ because maybe non-Christians are okay and stuff and want to do things, because, ya know, that’s kind of the entire point of the country’s founding precepts. Plenty of the founding fathers were Deists, they didn’t even begin to believe in Christ. There’s also this big cloud of Muslim-fear, which is HILARIOUS considering that there are 244 million Christians in the US (the single largest Christian population in the world), as opposed to 2.4 million Muslims. (These figures are from Wikipedia)
If American Muslims were made entirely of laser beams, Christians would still win in a fist-fight (this figure is absolutely not according to Wikipedia). Those are the numbers involved here. Even world wide, it’s 2.2 billion Christians to 1.6 Billion Muslims. Stop making up stuff about hostile takeovers of our government, it’s beyond idiotic.
Then you’ve got another layer of crazy, where people say things like “But they’re not all true Christians!” as if:
1. That’s some sort of definable thing that some cocky sonnuva has the authority to declare, despite such things pretty explicitly being the provenance of only God himself, and:
2. This runs under the assumption that every single other system that even marginally includes humans isn’t made up of a majority of people who suck at it.
When you say things like that, when you act like [Movie Voice]THE ONLY SANE MAN IN A WORLD GONE MAD[/Movie Voice], that’s delusional. In the very same book we so love, Proverbs informs us that folks have always been, and will always be evil - there is nothing new under the sun, etc. No, this nation is not turning against you, you just don’t have the clearest memories of the awful things that have always happened in American History. If you are a Christian and you don’t like wherever you think this country is headed (which in itself is a gross oversimplification as far as concepts go), you should keep in mind the previously used population figures and understand that, purely based on population proportions (but probably even more so due to the underlying stigma of being non-Christian in the government), 3/4ths of the things that happen in the US have something to do with the actions of Christians. If you, as an American, think the US is blowin’ it (whatever “it” is), it might be because YOU ARE BLOWING IT.
I know, what a terrible concept. “Surely, not I?” (Matthew 26:25).
You might suck. You might just really be truly awful. You might love Jesus, and read your Bible, and go to Church, and none of it matters because you’re still kind of scared of brown people or gays or whatever, and also are just sort of generally terrible. This absolutely could be the case, and don’t assume it isn’t.
But hey, those scary racist, misogynist, hateful people who are surely not within my circle of influence don’t speak for me, right?
Wrong. They do speak for you. They speak for all of us, because those of us who read The Book and didn’t decide on hating everything that moves don’t speak as loudly as them. Even simply for this post, and because hey, this is the Internet, I will likely get flak because of what the loud people do every day. From where I will receive flak, only time (5 minutes, right?) will tell, but I’m sure some of the trajectories will do nothing but disappoint.
I can’t reach everyone with this rant, and that’s cool. If you don’t like this, just don’t repost/share/retweet it. But if you do, please, show it around, and for goodness sake, if you get caught up on the fact that I sound so darn aggressive in parts of this, you clearly are too scared to read it, so knock that junk off, and then be very nice and quiet and open doors for people and smile and suck it up and mean it.