Speaking Your Religion

If it’s Sunday, then it’s time for my weekly homily…

This Sunday morning many of the ‘faithful’ will ‘flock’ to church to find ‘salvation’ and get ‘lifted up’ in the ‘righteous way.’ In an article on CNN, “Do you speak Christian?” the author points out the Christian-speak that seems to permeate both the ‘righteous’ Christians as well as politicians who hope to garner this voting bloc.

Speaking Christian isn’t confined to religion. It’s infiltrated politics.

Political candidates have to learn how to speak Christian to win elections, says Bill Leonard, a professor of church history at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity in North Carolina.

During his 2003 State of the Union address, George W. Bush baffled some listeners when he declared that there was “wonder-working power” in the goodness of American people.

Evangelical ears, though, perked up at that phrase. It was an evangelical favorite, drawn from a popular 19th century revival hymn about the wonder-working power of Christ called “In the Precious Blood of the Lamb.”

Leonard says Bush was sending a coded message to evangelical voters: I’m one of you.

“The code says that one: I’m inside the community. And two: These are the linguistic ways that I show I believe what is required of me,” Leonard says.

Praise the Lord and will the ushers please pass the collection baskets and the sample ballots.  The speech writers for GWB knew exactly what phrases to sprinkle into his speeches to lead the faithful into the voting booth. That “Christian” voting bloc is a hoot. But not to the GOP.  They are ‘faithful’ each and every election. Like lemmings.

There has been recent push-back, though.  Enlightenment, so to speak. A few in the Christian Voting Bloc have begun to ask questions.  Gulp! Some have begun to think about the impact on the environment and are calling on their ‘faithful’ to become better shepherds of the land. I’m nojt sure how this plays into the GOP scorched-earth, anti-EPA, anti-regulations position of the party. Others more recently are questioning the recent GOP budgets which trample over the poor in favor of the rich. Some ministers are saying that such a policy is not found in the teachings of Jesus.  Some of us agnostics knew that years and years ago.

The CNN article mentions the Christian-speak phrase,  ‘name it, claim it, grab it and have it.’ It refers to the common practice of ‘getting’ what you want [materially] taught in some Christian churches. Prosperity Christians don’t say “I want that new Mercedes.” They say they are going to “believe for a new Mercedes.” They don’t say “I want a promotion.” They say I “name and claim” a promotion.

…as if God/Jesus actually wants them to move up the economic ladder! How totally contrary to the NT sayings attributed to Jesus.  The word, pathetic, doesn’t quite cover this festering pile. Yet, the Christian Voting Bloc is there, election after election, voting for their own economic success while throwing others under the bus in the process. Jesus Christ!

That First Amendment states the clause, freedom of religion, isn’t strong enough for me.  I’d have chosen a stronger phrase that may have helped our government purge itself from the Christian do-gooders who like to pepper the laws of the land with their own idiotic biblical interpretations. Freedom FROM religion!

I’ll close my homily this morning with a funny story. There is a very righteous, holier-than-thou local homophobe [and of course a ‘christian’] who posted on her pathetic no-read blog something about the musical, Fiddler on the Roof, which she titled, We Should Learn from Fiddler on the Roof. She writes, ” Golde and Tevye don’t have a good marriage by Christian standards (fruits of the Spirit/Golden Rule standards)”

Two Russian Jews….Christian standards!  The idiocy is stunning, but that’s what one gets in many of the uber-righteous Christians these days.  Christian-speak. The Orwellian phrase, doublespeak, shouts out at me.  AMEN, BROTHER!

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5 thoughts on “Speaking Your Religion

  1. Hello Muddy,
    “Some have begun to think about the impact on the environment and are calling on their ‘faithful’ to become better shepherds of the land. I’m not sure how this plays into the GOP scorched-earth, anti-EPA, anti-regulations position of the party.”

    Yes I have seen this with some in West Virginia who claim “Religious Right Conservatives” and voted Republican with the thought they were casting a vote for GOD. But when the Coal Industry started strip mining the mountains around them ruining their well water and loosing the investment wealth they had in their homes, are now taking another look at what they had done to themselves by casting that vote. For the past decade the EPA has been blocked in protecting the environment and health of those who live in these regions from the abuses of “Coal Strip Mining.”

    The spoke people for the Coal Industry are even laying the “Smoke Screen” by saying, “God wants us to strip mine this coal giving jobs to people.” There are those once again trying to “Whip Up The Nut Jobs” by linking the Christian religious into supporting strip mining the mountain in West Virginia.

    But those most affected are speaking out, “I don’t know what God they are speaking of but the God I know is not supporting this Strip Mining.”

    If you take time to think about this, the coal industry has made an affect by diverting the argument of whose “God is the right God,” instead of dealing with the basic topic of the Coal Industry is stealing from the by devaluing the wealth of their homes, poisoning people, and stealing their health causing death by employing strip mining techniques.

    In closing I want to say that I agree with your analogy of the Orwellian, “New Speak.” We are seeing this being employed more and more everyday. As I have said often from my science background, “Science Fiction has a unique and inedibility of becoming Science Fact.”

  2. We have a member of our state legislature who sincerely believes as a Christian evangelical that we don’t need to worry about global warming, or about fossile fuel being finite, or about any environmental regulation for clean air, water, soil…….because he is sure that God wouldn’t let anything bad happen to those things, so our worrying about that stuff is a hoax.

    Yes, this jerk got ELECTED, by conservative, evangelical, low information, anti-science voters who think this crap actually makes sense and are willing to bet all our lives on it.

    It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic. The time he saves by not addressing reality, or facts, he spends worrying about anal sex and homosexuality (I couldn’t make this stuff up!), and the possibility that God will punish us if we dont penalize, criminalize, and possibly execute gays.

    With an agenda like that, I’m reminded of the Ron White Comed bit, ‘You can’t fix stupid’.

  3. Hello Dog Gone,
    Well stated, “You can’t fix stupid.” I just finished a piece on my science based site noting that modern homo sapeins migration into the South Western area of Europe caused neanderthals’ extinction.
    In sumation, intelligence was the dominant Darwin variable and we should all take to heart that the less educated, and willful ignorant segment of today’s population will at some point and time die off in the DNA gene pool just as the Neanderthals have.

  4. we should all take to heart that the less educated, and willful ignorant segment of today’s population will at some point and time die off in the DNA gene pool just as the Neanderthals have.

    Amen to that, brother. Sadly, it will not be in my lifetime nor that of my grandchildren. Apparently, stupid hangs on tightly.

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