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!