I suppose it’s time to make it official: The “Christian Right” (CR) and I are splitsville.
Some of you have seen this coming for a few years now. Others are undoubtedly shocked—what with us being together since high school and all. (We even made it through my college years.)
It’s difficult to say how these things happen really. I guess it’s never just one thing. I think more than anything we just sort of drifted apart…
I know I’m not the same person I was back in high school when I first fell for CR. And, honestly, I think CR has changed some too. (For example, CR used to be so focused on the family and was always talking about how character matters and such. CR got weird and stopped talking like this a little over a year or so ago. It was like these things never really mattered.)
I don’t’ know…maybe I started seeing CR a little differently when I first bumped into a guy named Ron Paul. All his talk about not killing foreigners got me to thinking: Was there ever an American war that CR wasn’t absolutely giddy for?
Our relationship only got more strained as I started rethinking “wars” of all
sorts—the “war” on terror, the “war” on drugs (every bit as effective as yesteryear’s “war” on alcohol), and the granddaddy of them all: the culture “war.”
The wise words of Edwin Starr come to mind.
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Speaking of absolutely nothing, it started to feel like that’s what CR and I had in common after I stopped fighting folks all the time.
Greg Boyd didn’t help us any. His “Myth of A Christian Nation” only put more doubts in my mind as I wrestled with new thoughts and feelings. I started to suspect CR wasn’t all I had imagined.
I don’t mean to throw Greg under the bus. There were others. But in all actuality, Jesus is mostly to blame. I began to focus, and I mean focus, on His teachings. You know…the red letters.
It slowly dawned on me. Conservatives and Progressives are walking the same way—the way of Empire. Both want coercive power over others.
What do conservatives want to conserve? The Empire. What do progressives want to progress? The Empire.
Jesus offers an entirely different Way. Finally, I could see it.
I was going to have to choose.
And then there was the political dumpster fire of 2016. That was the last straw, my Meatloaf moment.
“I would do anything for love…but I won’t do that.”
As I parted ways with CR, for the most part, I felt relief. But there was also sadness and a few “What now?” moments.
Can CR and I still be friends? I don’t know. CR has anger issues.
Breaking up is hard to do and this ain’t no Hallmark movie.