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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Heretic Pride


The demonstrations continue in California against Prop Hate. I am glad to see it.

The LA Times has a series of articles to check including this one about a married couple in Riverside County who are no longer married thanks to Christians.

All kinds of Christians got out the vote for discrimination. Christians who normally despise each other temporarily united for a common cause. They found a group to despise even more. Mormons, Catholics, Presbyterians, and other Christians of all flavors and all stripes did what they have done throughout history. They took rights away from those who are not like them. And they label folks not like them, heretics.

We should not be surprised at this. It is of no use to hate in return. It is of no use to try to figure out their motivations. This is what Christians do. It is their evangelistic mission. Their mission is in their book for all to see:

And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ (Matthew 28:18-20)
I don't think Jesus said that at all. It was put on his lips by zealots who wanted power and control over others in his name. But that technicality is lost on most people. This evangelistic mission has been central to Christianity from its inception.

Christians will baptize you straight if they have to drag you through hell to do it. We should never be fooled by the language of love that Christians use to disguise their mission. It is their bread and butter trick. How do I know this? I am one. I know this from the inside.

Of course, there have been individuals who went against this evangelistic mission. They discovered and followed a Jesus who resisted this impulse. The followers of this Jesus had no desire to convert people, but to live lives of compassion and to respect the dignity of all people. These followers were more often than not, branded as heretics by their own kind.

We should always remember this lesson: Christians ought never be underestimated in regards to how far they will go to fulfill their mission. According to this editorial in the LA Times, the movement against Prop Hate did underestimate them.

Ever since Proposition 8 passed Nov. 4, enshrining heterosexual-only marriage in the California Constitution, demonstrators from Sacramento to San Diego have staged daily marches and protests to express their anger and disappointment that homosexuals will continue to be treated as second-class citizens. It's a stirring movement, reminiscent of past civil rights struggles, but it raises a troubling question: Where were these marchers before the election?

Like nearly every aspect of the fight against Proposition 8, the recent protests come too late to make a difference. Opponents of the measure ran a disorganized campaign that consistently underestimated the strength of the other side. (Read More)
The moral of my post is this: don't ever expect Christians to be on the side of what is good, just, and decent. It is not their mission. When you do find Christians who are good, just, and decent, they are the heretics. Give them a hug.

Here is a song for all you heretics by the Mountain Goats. God bless ya.


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