Although not a regular church-goer any longer, I have no problem with worship or whatever people do in churches, temples, mosques and other places of worship. If that brings them some solace, peace and energy then great. I do, however, have more than a problem with people who exploit or pimp their religion to cover their deep-seated hatred of others.
The KKK is, perhaps, the greatest example of what I disdain. Hooded men terrorizing and lynching blacks on Saturday night and donning choir robes on Sunday morning. They are not the only ‘christians’ who fit the category, but only the most obvious. Right now as I type this surely there are many ‘good Christians’ in churches all across America who harbor hate for ‘the other’ in their hearts.
A few days ago I liked a story of a research team at Notre Dame University that wrote a profile of the group identified as Tea Party adherents. Among the delineating characteristics were both their ‘christianity’ as well as their disdain for blacks and immigrants. What a combination!
I challenged a Tea Party [aka far-right] blogger about his un-Christian comments and he told me that he was ‘more of an Old Testament Christian.’ Gulp. Run that by me again, will you? His hatred of blacks and specifically President Obama is blatant and persistent. His most recent post with an accompanying photo of black CWA pickets at Verizon is titled: Picket Line: Planet of the Apes. He notes that there are only 5 white people in the photo and that he could find no other photo of the CWA strikers with more than 5 whites.
He’s a ‘christian,’ though, although that odd Old Testament kind. I’d guess a Jewish-Christian?
The regular gaggle of Tea Party types that feed together on that blog have called me lots of names- which is par for the developmental age in which they are stuck- but the one that they enjoy most is ‘atheist.’ Like Mao and Stalin, tagging me with ‘atheist’ apparently summarily dismisses me to the dustbin of historical relevance. Each of them, by the way, are ‘good’ Christians. They say so, just ask.
I suppose that begs the question, What then is a good Christian? Or is this circular reasoning? Perhaps no reasoning at all? Does it depend on the definition of ‘is?’ Perhaps it depends on the circumstances? The time, the place, the environment, the company?
Each of the many GOP presidential hopefuls claim to be ‘good Christians.’ Isn’t that all swell and nice? Of course, that’s a whistle to all of those mindless fundamental Christians who, like docile sheep, vote for any ‘good Christian’ because, well, because they are ‘good’ Christians.
Recall that candidate Obama had to ‘prove’ his Christianity to the entire electorate but that didn’t stop many from questioning the ‘type’ of Christian he was. Apparently, a black Christian is marginal at best. Just ask a current KKK member. Or a Tea-bagger as one comment on my blog suggested as a name for this group. I rather like, Tea-bagger, because it gets to the point.
“Love one another as I have loved you.”
Simple, but apparently way-too complex for some ‘christians.’ Love everyone?? There surely had to have been a mis-translation of the Greek. Everyone? Naw, what Jesus meant was…
JOHN 13:34 signs at baseball games.
Are you sure that there wasn’t an asterisk or something???
and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27.
He asked Jesus, ““And who is my neighbor?”
Ah, yes, WHO indeed?
Then Jesus, Luke writes, told a parable in which the most despised member of that society, a Samaritan, took pity on the beaten and robbed man. A Samaritan? Like that other parable of the 10 lepers? Or that audacious act of Jesus at the well when he spoke to a Samaritan woman? Or in John 8:48 when Jesus was accused of being dreaded and much-hated Samaritan himself!
A modern-day Christian would have to be a dullard or delusional not to have ‘gotten’ the message that Jesus preached. Or such a bigot that he is blind to what Jesus was all about.
Who then is a good Christian?