There is a hierarchy in Christianity. No matter how it’s been interpreted, it’s a pretty basic and uncompromising principle.
There’s god, then there’s his son, Jesus, and then there’s the sinners….everyone else. It’s based on a hierarchy and authoritarian rule.
A chain of command, from the head on down….God>Trump>White straight man>Everyone else>Woman.
That’s right, Trump. Who better in the 21st Century to carry out the god-ordained mission to Make America Christian Again?
We can spend an inordinate amount of time speculating on the true meaning of the Bible, on what God and Jesus really meant for us to know, but we know that will probably get us nowhere.
That’s because there have been countless interpretations of the Good Book to suit whatever needs were relevant at the time of those interpretations. Like God favors White, cisgender males.
But, at the end of the day, Right-wing Evangelicals have been feeling, along with others in this country, disenfranchised. Fearful that they are becoming extinct. And, as we know, those who fear being left behind usually have an identity built on a house of cards.
PRAISE TRUMP AND PASS THE AMMUNITION
They have been pushing politically, for quite some time, for this country to be a theocracy, more specifically White Christian. They saw Trump as their salvation. Church sermons began singing praises to Donald Trump. Regardless of the President’s corruption, hateful, violence-promoting rhetoric, non-stop lies, and shameless displays of bigotry. In spite of the truth that he disdains democracy and the rule of law, that he care about only himself, and just his alarming incompetence…..they believed he was ordained and divinely appointed by God himself.
God forgives him, as He did King David, as long as he upholds their agenda. (Post continues after photo)
And that agenda involves among other things, the oppression of women, gays, transsexuals, and anyone else they view as a threat. The current administration brings them the hope of being able to openly practice bigotry and misogyny and homophobia in the name of religious protection.
From cake bakers denying same sex couples service, to doctors and hospitals refusing to treat a trans person, or to treat a woman who has had an abortion because in God’s eyes, they are unworthy. (Post continues after image)
Clearly, the religious right just loves the idea of authority. The ultimate authority being God himself. Then a President like Trump, then men, white men in particular, white straight men specifically.
As long as the authority lines up with their fear-based ideologies. That America should consist of straight, white males. And of course white females. That those males have authority over those females. Especially over their reproductive rights.
Their ‘sanctity of life’ rhetoric is another even more thinly veiled attempt to impose their power over women.
They would never admit it, but curtailing women’s ability to prevent pregnancy, by taking away their contraceptives, and then punishing them for wanting an abortion, is, they believe, a way to perpetuate the white ‘race.’
Does this so-called religion sound alarmingly aligned with neo-nazism?
WHEN POLITICS AND RELIGION FELL IN LOVE
This movement of religion to take over this country politically began in the 1980s when politicians saw the value in cultivating and harnessing the Christians and Evangelicals and their leaders as a large and solid base of devoted followers.
Moral Majority movements of the 1980s, brought by leaders such as Jerry Falwell, made segregation, abortion, and same-sex marriage trigger-point issues. It was easy to garner support for the right type of conservative candidates running for public offices.
As long as those politicians aligned their talking points to that of the
Christian Family Values.
But the politicians themselves were not necessarily devout or had ever read the Bible. But, that was irrelevant to the religious right. Many of them weren’t familiar with scriptures either. Their only agenda was, will those political leaders push policy that supports their world view?
Thus began a massive movement of white supremacy, white nationalism and hypocracy thinly veiled as Christian family values.
And this movement echoed early American history. Under the guise of expansionism, and manifest destiny, genocide was committed right here in America in order to take land from the Indigenous people.. Demonizing them as heathens and crusading to convert people isn’t exactly what I would call liberal thinking.
A NEW VISION
That came later with the good intentions of the framers of the constitution. The founding fathers did their best to engineer an ideal of government that saw everyone as equal. And that everyone was entitled to certain unalienable rights. It was a vision designed to allow everyone to practice their own religion. But being careful to acknowledge the importance of separating religion and politics.
This was a new concept, considering that religion was in their blood. They came from generations and centuries of monarchies and deeply embedded religious beliefs. And most of those beliefs were not about freedom for all.
They were more about the subjugation of the vulnerable, including Blacks, women and children. Religion has for the most part been a way to control the masses. And a way for the masses to control anyone they feared as different from them.
CROSSING THE RED LINE
I am being particularly hard on organized religion, especially Christianity because frankly it’s time to get it out of politics, and out of the consciousness of humanity.
It has reached a point of no return. Of doing more harm than good. It has served a purpose, and has done wonderful things for humanity, but it is time to heave it into the ash pile of history. Thank it for its service, but throw the Bible out and start fresh.
Either that or work on overhauling it to meet the twenty-first century.
But, of course that’s not going to happen. Humanity is not ready to let it go. Most people are not ready for such an awesome responsibility. To be responsible for their own reality, for their own creations.
To dare to see themselves as god.
To dare to love themselves more than any manufactured god. To dare to enjoy life, and their physical body as a sensual human angel, without guilt or shame.
To dare to fill themselves up first, to allow their own soul to love them in real, tangible ways, before sharing themselves with others.
It’s so much easier to install a President like Trump, who pretends to embrace their values, so they can continue their crusade.
CAKES FOR EVERY OCCASION…..
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