Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christian Bullies and Klingon Love

I received this update, again, from yet another former high-school classmate on Facebook:

Let's see how many people on fb aren't ashamed to show their love for God and admit that Jesus is their Savior... We need to get God back in America... If you're not ashamed, copy and paste this in your status!
Apart from the fact that this spam keeps recirculating back onto my Facebook page, sent by people considerably older than the 12-year-old who appears to have originally written it...what really frosts me about this childish conflation of jingoism and kindergarten evangelism is the mocking, confrontational tone: If you're not ashamed...

What if I don't copy and paste? Do I go to hell then? Do you unfriend me because I must be a heathen? Oooooh...I'm so scaaaaared.

What is this thing about a certain subset of conservative Christians and their need to throw down the gauntlet in front of every other Christian they encounter, challenging them to "prove" how Really Christian[tm] they are?

It's kind of like rutting Klingons in Star Trek -- how, before they do the one thing, they beat one another up.

Well, sorry, Real Christians[tm], but I don't swing that way.  And I'm not a Christianity Cop; if someone tells me s/he's a friend of Jesus I tend to take that person at his or her word  -- even a nutty and/or annoying person --  until I'm given good reason to suspect otherwise. And may I point out that, whether someone is a friend of Jesus or not at any given moment, "While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

5 comments:

Pastor said...

Amen, Sister!

Auntie Knickers said...

Amen again, and, this is what "defriending" is for...or just the little "hide" button.

Mata H said...

amen, sister!

It is such a schoolyard threat -- uh oh, nah nah , you're ashaaaaamed of Jeeeesus...

No, I'm not. I am, however, put off by the Theology of the Threat.

I am even more put off by those emails that espouse attitudes I abhor -- like this being a "Christian nation" -- that end up saying that if I don't forward them I am ashamed of my faith.

Sigh..

Mata H

Tom in Ontario said...

It reminds me of a comment I read this week in another place about a gung ho evangelist who confronted an Amish farmer with "Are you saved? Is Jesus Christ your Lord and Saviour?" The farmer replied, "Why do you ask me that question? I could tell you anything. Here's the name of my banker, my grocer, and my farm hand. Ask them if I'm saved."

theprozacqueen said...

Mata, I agree...my mother-in-law is one to forward on emails like that..she means well but when I see the subject lines of most of them, I just delete...I've either seen them five hundred times already, but mostly I am annoyed by the implication in most of them that Christianity only looks one way and that nationalism and Christianity are *related at all*...