The marriage between religious fundamentalists and political right; due for a divorce
“It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.”-Rev. Billy Graham
Funny how “Mr. Conservative” Sen. Barry Goldwater felt the same way.
Alas, first Democrats lost the South when they supported civil rights & integration, Nixon & Reagan both went with a “Southern Strategy,” then, around 1983 or so white Southern evangelicals realized they could use abortion as a wedge issue, even though many religious groups had actually supported the Roe decision.
I am by no stretch of the imagination “pro-abortion,” but I for one am tired of that issue being used as a cover for racism, injustice, inequality and most recently authoritarianism, conspiracies, lies and insurrection. I don’t want to make an idol out of the Democratic party, but I sure am praying that God will wipe the scales from the eyes of our fellow believers on the political right.
Let us confess our sin
None of us wants to admit our fear, our prejudice, our anxiety, our… sin. Our racism, whether latent and denied, or overt and defended as a right. The shooter in Dayton had a list of women he wanted to rape. That’s male privilege. The shooter in El Paso had a manifesto wherein he traveled 2 hours because he wanted Hispanic targets. That’s white privilege. He also had a social media banner with the president’s name made out of guns. That’s hate. So okay. We’re all innocent. We’re all exonerated. We’re all entitled to support whomever we want no matter what they incite in others or how much support they garner from other people who happen to be racist, or misogynistic, or indulgent or entitled , or selfish. And don’t bring it up because THEN you’re being too divisive, even radical. You might make people upset.
This isn’t how things are supposed to be
Let us love one another
God’s Love and Ours 1 John 4:7-21
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
Why, why, why?
Sad and unnerving to see neighbors flying Confederate flags today, probably in protest of So.Carolina decision. Our first amendment protects individuals’ rights to display it, this was a state government’s decision not to fly it on that government’s property. Sure, some see it as symbolic of rebelling against what they see as encroaching governmental tyranny- but let’s face it, for far more, it represents White supremacy and no matter how you try to slice it, that automatically implies racism. I can understand how those flying it today are trying to make a statement about independence and libertarianism, but what they don’t realize is that they’re unintentionally sending the message that they’re main values are anger and hatred. It also confuses me since there are maybe a whole 4 black people in our tiny town of 500+ and this is Iowa, not South Carolina and it may have been a wave of Nation-wide public opinion that added pressure to South Carolinian State legislators, but it wasn’t the Federal government that required it. Oh yeah, Iowa was a member of the Union 150 years ago, and the Union won… Anyway. Sad and scary.
Confession: I was about to post this on Facebook, but since both these rebels flying the stars & bars are only a block away on my same street- I want to keep my home and children safe. Best case scenario, they’re just coincidentally like minded Steve King fans who unfurled their rebel flags as soon as they heard about the decision on Facebook or FOX News, but I’m not convinced that the Klan is dead. Call me a coward, but anger, hate, racism and resistance are all a lot more volatile and violent than the grace, mercy, peace and diversity that I adhere to.