“I just now came back from a visit with my pastor. Bottom line, which Pastor Joanie nailed, is that those folks read the Bible as fact….literal, inerrant and infallible. We read the Bible as evolving truth awaiting to be discovered in the pages. It is the “living Word”. It is the compassion and the passion of Jesus in print. I am again comfortable with the label Christian because I know we are all broken. The difference is that you and I are looking to be fixed. They (Roy Moore and advocates) want to legislate their intolerance and hatred because they are not willing to evolve to the predestined enlightenment of humanity as presented by all the great religions.” – Larry Paul Brown
In Marcus J. Borg’s book, Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most he writes that “the Bible is a human product: it tells us how our religious ancestors saw things, not how God sees things.” Or put another way by the wise sage Larry Paul Brown, “We read the Bible as evolving truth awaiting to be discovered in the pages.”
I am not one of the brethren who believes the Bible is the infallible word of God. I know enough about the Bible’s history to know that it has been stained by the fingertips and edits of man. Pomp men. Egotistical men. Selfish and greedy men. And sadly, even today, centuries later, the human interpretation of this supposed flawless document continues to be blemished by institutions composed of pomp, egotistical and selfish and greedy men.
The Christian community and more specifically the Evangelical Christian community has themselves in a real damned if you, damned if you don’t pickle right now. You see they have chosen a man to lead them that does not embody their core beliefs, a man who represents everything they find revolting and unholy in their King James version of the world. A man who worships the idols of this earthly world. A man filled with pride, spite and hate but he is the star they have hooked their wagon too and when he implodes, which he will, how will that justify their decision? With a Supreme Court pick?
It is a safe bet that men like Donald Trump and Roy Moore will be instrumental in the continuing decline of the white evangelical population. Certainly there will be those that dig their aging and arthritic heels in but they won’t be able to escape the national glare their actions and words have focused on their archaic system of beliefs. Add to the equation the demographic changes this country is experiencing, as well as religious disaffiliation among younger adults who find themselves at odds with conservative Christian churches on issues like climate change and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and we may well find that, like Donald Trump, the Evangelical movement was but a sad footnote in our political and social history.
“The political vision of the religious right is for the most part an individualistic politics of righteousness, not a communal politics of compassion.” – Marcus J. Borg
I am truly humbled. I am not a sage, not a man of wisdom. I am simply a messenger. Brother, you and I are living in exciting times. We are witnessing the last vestiges and death throes of a repulsive and heretical brand of centuries-old Christianity which rightfully needs to be exposed and abandoned. A new order of Christian love and compassion towards all mankind and all creation will swell and conquer hatred. We will have safe passage into this brave non-religious, spiritual world when we cover our hearts with the truth of Jesus. You and I know it, they do not for their darkness consumes them. When they cry “Lord, Lord,” Jesus will rebuke them and say, “I know you not.”
Sorry, again I ramble. Can’t help myself, the times we live in are exciting.
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I love you. Glad you are walking this earth with me 🙂
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Well said Larry!
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