This week the #MeToo movement apparently empowered a young lady to break her silence and publish her story of assault on a Christian blog. At the age of 17 she was given a ride home by a young gentleman who was 22 that pulled the car over and took advantage of her. This was a full blown attack, not just impropriety. The man’s name was Andy Savage who is a megachurch Pastor at Highpoint Church in Memphis Tennessee. After the publication, Pastor Andy sat in front of his congregation and confessed that the story was true. This was incredibly met by cheers and a standing ovation.
Regardless of anything else that will be said here, this in itself is an example of the insanity that religion brings to the believers. Instead of instant condemnation, he is washed in praise for the revelation of a crime that he committed. Although rehabilitation for those who have committed a crime is a real thing, at least in other countries, and Andy can and should be helped, how does this happen when he walks off a stage a hero? Pastor Andy is now on a leave of absence, and I guess is punishing himself. The Sacrament of Penance is a Catholic thing, but all Christians practice some form of asking their God to forgive them of their sins. Whether straight to God, or through Jesus, they restore their bond with the community and with God. They are free of the sins as if it never happened. Life is good, no problems, I’m all better now.
Crimes occur in every faith. Whatever the religion is that is practiced does not make a human a moral person, it hides the beast that resides in us. We are animals that have learned to work with others, but we will never be perfect. Yet the faithful believe they are moral. They believe they have a contract with God that allows them to be forgiven for whatever they might do. When someone states they are a Christian, Muslim, Jew, etc., what they are implying is that they trustworthy and moral. They are implying they are upstanding members of the community. They are wearing this invisible badge of goodness, so with zero humility, they must let you know. They stand on a pedestal overlooking the unbelievers believing they are above ye of no faith. It is an instilled arrogance that religion gives the follower, an arrogance that they are the chosen and, for some, puts them above the laws of man.
Gods never change, but man does. As we seek to better our tendencies to harm, God holds us back. As we progress in our nature to accept those who are different, God holds us back. As man’s laws become more compassionate to help those in need, God holds us back. As science reveals new data that shapes who we are and what we may become, God holds us back. Although these are encompassing statements, it is easy to fill in the blanks. The battles over women’s health, the horrid conditions that send humans flying from their ancestral home to find sanctuary somewhere anywhere. Look around at the unrest in the world and in our everyday life and know that if not all God’s doing, it definitely plays an important role.
Christianity has been shaped by men of good will and by authoritarians. It is illogical, yet understandably appealing to humans who need order out of chaos. Christianity is a culture of ignorance that left unchecked will forever cause us pain and suffering.
Oh that's right, I remember the news report now.
You only have to look at the Pollies in Canberra (Au) they have begun to bring their religious views to the forefront in their decision making and one or two are doing it blatantly, now. Mrs.B
Yes, I have heard the odd report from Australia along those lines.
I'll have to dig up some articles on one or two of the skainsmate rat pack!
I'm not sure which is worse those politicians who spout their religious views or those that keep it to themselves and act on them in secret.
A long article about magical thinking int the USA leading to Trumpism
Neal, as you know, I wrote a long comment on your post - and succeeded in deleting it rather than send it. "Felix culpa" : on second thoughts, better not to bore you and your readers with reflections on confession by a former confessor (I was a Catholic priest for seven years). Having reread your text, I will content myself with congratulating you for an insightful post.
Frank O'Meara (blindfaithblindfolly.wordpress.com)
Good to hear from you Frank on AU.
All the best, Stephen, for a great 2018. At 81 next week, I'm hangin' in there !