This post is the first in a series that offer direct challenges to people who call themselves Christians . . . In this series I take some of the more contentious aspects the Christian worldview and apply them into the situation that I have found familiar personally. I’m a white, middle-class, Western, evangelical/Protestant male. For decades I fitted into the organised, mainstream Churchianity scene. It’s an ugly fit, suffice to say that as a square peg, I definitely do not fit the round role. Let’s begin to ruffle the feathers by Swapping some Ignorance.
According to most takes on this Christianity thing, Christians:
- Go to church weekly;
- Pay their tithes & taxes;
- Are essentially passivists because they believe that we should turn the other cheek;
- But will go to war;
- Especially if their democratically elected leaders require it;
- (Don’t forget to vote now – it’s your civil duty because your grandfathers went to war to stop the evil ‘Huns’ or ‘Nips’ taking [us] over, remember);
- Will go to Heaven;
- Not Hell – which is for the others;
- Especially if we/they are good; and
- Don’t swear; or
- Steal; or
- Lie (well the white ones are OK, it’s only the black ones that will catch us/them out);
- Then they donate to the Sally Army;
- World Vision; and
- Other good causes;
- Keeping the peace with fellow mankind;
- You gotta obey the laws of the land; and
- Get your theology right; so that
- Their church is the only perfect one in their block (well, sort of, when the Pastor preaches something they agree with).
There’s a lot more but that’s a good start.
This though, is all bunkhum!
The label, “Christian” means a follower of Christ, the Jesus of the Bible. If He rose from the dead, then He is alive and well, and if He is who He said He was then this Christianity thing requires a relationship. The above list of expectations then, will set a false paradigm because they are all things that we think, believe or do.
Jesus worked his butt off building houses for a decade or so* and then spent three years causing all manner of social trauma wherever he went. He created dissension throughout his entire country, especially for the religious leaders of the day who then conspired with the political leaders of the day to knock Him off for His troubles.
And this is a description of a typical Christian today?
Let’s go through a few of these things and then start pushing a few buttons here and there to see whether or not we are a ‘genuine’ Christian and actually ‘get it’.
A big one is democracy. Did you vote at the last elections? You did? Jesus didn’t and not only that, His Father called democracy evil. When mankind votes or agrees to go against God we call this conspiring. The first conspiracy occurred when Adam and Eve conspired to do something God had expressly asked them not to. Think the serpent, the forbidden fruit and the Fall. Duh!
Democracy has a very poor start then, and it only gets worse from there doesn’t it? Think now of golden calves, murmuring in the desert, hundreds and hundreds of years of rebellion until one man (Noah) did actually get the tap, call out to the Lord and give Him what He wanted. By then this democracy thing had gotten so bad that a global flood was needed to wipe the crooks off the face of the earth and start again. Things haven’t gotten any better, especially in the last couple of hundred years either.
Our Christian culture is shaped by the culture of the day and it requires us to worship democracy now. I’ll give you an example . . . Taumarunui. Look at the Editorial above and the quotes – compromise to obtain consensus, the necessity of voting. This is the “spirit of the age”. Stand up and tell your fellow Christians that they’ve got it all wrong about the importance of voting and they’ll lynch you inside a minute!
For the record, my Letter to the Editor in response to this (to me) obnoxious and shallow Editorial was:
Your front page editorial of 20 September 2019 contains two logical fallacies.
First you claim that those who vote are the only ones with the right to pass comment. Bunkum. By this logic then gender, race, age and all manner of other categories prevent us from intelligent thought, which of course is nonsense. It is actually because I do not vote that I have the moral authority to speak it like it is. I am not partisan but instead engage brain, and have the proverbial to speak truth BECAUSE I consciously do not buy into paradigm that the 51% can lord it over the 49%. A vote is akin to a prayer. I consciously prefer to put my faith elsewhere, thank you.
Secondly your claim that [essentially] the “best” candidate is one who goes with the flow and compromises is shallow. This thinking can also be called political correctness or group-think which always (rightly or wrongly) invite the forces of peer pressure. Compromise for the sake of it also subjects leadership decisions to the gravitational forces of the lowest common denominator – a precursor to I mediocrity and precursor to corruption. Sometimes, sir, it is more appropriate that true leaders stand and take an unpopular stance. I’m not endorsing any particular person here but am speaking generally. I treasure truth and thus work with the application of sound logic onto proven fact. Those with political aspirations are often purveyors of deception. Those ‘long in the tooth’ know that self-interest abounds in politics but Shakespeare was right – they come onto the stage for a ‘fleeting moment’ and then they go. The Master was wise to chose to ignore them. Likewise do I. Your sentiment to achieve consensus is noble and noted but your recommended methodology to achieve it is flawed.
IMHO your newspaper should be asking what happened to the local historian on 16 November 2018 and why I have had to step in to help save his taonga for the region. Then perhaps to ask questions about the ’s much vaunted Tourism Hub project and the fate of the ’s dodgy $1.5m Lotto Application. Did I miss your front page reporting of this disgraceful, shameful failure that I predicted long in advance? Then, if you dare, to look into the hidden agendas, incidence of backroom deals and other corrupt practices that abound within the King Country local body politics.
You may also wish to revise your use of the phrase “donkey vote”. A donkey vote is simply a slang term for a particular method of preferential voting.
Dennis A. Smith
Now the argument that usually comes from those who still bow down to the democratic Beast is that “Democracy is the worst form of government (apart from all the others)” then closely following that, “Well then vote to change the system (if you’re not happy with it)”. Spare me days, that’s shallow thinking circular logic if ever there was! Since when did using evil to fight evil ever work or become God’s ways? And you know the faith leanings of the ‘goose’ who plagiarised the first quote don’t you? Churchill – for those of you wanting to know the truth – a politician, liar, manipulator, homosexual, plagiarist, scam artist, charlatan, deranged warmonger, sadist, NWO insider & just plain downright evil. Sorry to all those suckered in by the institutionalised propaganda about this sick crook puffed up to look like a saint.
We’ll explore some of the other challenges to Christians in future posts but in preparation for this . . . can you think of the percentage that Christ required from his converts? Was it ten percent net or gross that He sought for our return to Him? I’ll give you a couple of clues . . . Jesus always set conditions upon His giving – always. His life in return for [what]? Ten percent? Gross or net?
There are more challenges for Christians to come . . .
* You know he was more likely to be a stonemason don’t you? This carpenter thing doesn’t make sense to me. The word used to describe Jesus’ occupation means “housebuilder” AND “woodworker”, but what were the houses made of way back then? Stones, not timber! It makes much more sense to me that Jesus worked with stone than timber. Wouldn’t you put the “Rock of Ages” in to planet earth to work with a natural substance building housing the same way that Adam was formed from a natural dust of the earth?