Friday, May 13, 2016

Focusing fire on fellow Christians

I'm making fellow Christians the focus of a lot of my criticisms lately. Not just leftist SJW-ish Christians either - team WWWtW is not that. And it probably seems distasteful, in the way that Trump's offended a lot of conservatives this time around. Knocking Foxnews, knocking National Review, knocking 'fellow conservatives' (or 'true conservatives' as opposed to whatever Trump is.)

For myself, this has been the result of realizing that - for as rotten as the New Atheists are, as rotten as SJWs are - there's a tremendous amount of rot among Christians. SJW Christians, yes, but also... for lack of a better term, mainstream Christians. Establishment Christians.

One problem is I don't believe they're all sinister. I think many are well-meaning. They are, in fact, people who many times think and believe what I used to think and believe in the not so distant past. I was mister 'be friends with SJW Christians'. I was mister 'police your language, don't say this thing it's OFFENSIVE to people', at least politically. I'd roll by Thinking Christian and chide Tom Gilson not to talk about 'gay people', because it was really 'LGBT activists' who should be focused on.

I thought I was helping. In some limited ways, some limited situations, I probably was.

But at this point, I think the orthodox laity - the right-wing, traditionalist laity - need to tell both the laity and large at some of the clergy to, kindly, screw off when it comes to a lot of their hangups. They've made it abundantly clear that they'll bow and scrape to the left, and tend to take out their frustrations on the historically more docile and loyal right. It's time for that to end.

2 comments:

Vox Maximus said...

But at this point, I think the orthodox laity - the right-wing, traditionalist laity - need to tell both the laity and large and some of the clergy to, kindly, screw off when it comes to a lot of their hangups. They've made it abundantly clear that they'll bow and scrape to the left, and tend to take out their frustrations on the historically more docile and loyal right. It's time for that to end.

This. Exactly this. The problem with so many on the right is that their prime objective, or at least an objective which is as important to them as any other, is to be seen as respectful and chivalrous by the very opponents that despise them. And this is often more important to them then backing their allies on the right is. What they fail to realize--at least in a deep sense--is that the disagreements are no longer about tax policy, but about the most fundamental things, and as such, their leftist opponents will always despise them, no matter what they do.

This, I believe, is also part of the reason for the animosity against Trump among the right. Trump has exposed the fact that being an aggressive loud-mouth who does not back down is substantially more successful than the 'conservative meek and mild' act, and the conservatives who have endorsed that act don't like having their tactics exposed as ineffective.

And for Christians, in this day and age, we need to start emulating Jesus the Temple-Clearer, not Jesus the pacifist.

Maximus
www.voxmaximus.blogspot.com

Crude said...

This, I believe, is also part of the reason for the animosity against Trump among the right. Trump has exposed the fact that being an aggressive loud-mouth who does not back down is substantially more successful than the 'conservative meek and mild' act, and the conservatives who have endorsed that act don't like having their tactics exposed as ineffective.

I think there's a lot of reasons for that, but this is one. I also think a good number of people on the right who dislike Trump are used to being thought of as 'deliverers' - people who can deliver this or that segment of the vote to the GOPe when asked to. This time around, it didn't work.

National Review, Ace of Spades, various 'evangelical leaders', etc - they view themselves as the ones who drive issues, drive loyalty, and determine who is inside and outside of conservative orthodoxy. Being leaders. They've been abandoned and usurped.

Good.