Some Important Things I Read Today

From James McGrath at Exploring Our Matrix:

“Many Christians Are Compromised”

In the country I live in, the vast majority of Christians (assuming one is willing to give that label to those who claim it, even if it seems not to affect their core values) are fundamentally compromised with the spirit of the age, with its values, with its aims and assumptions.

Some are so compromised that they line up with the use of secular power to try to accomplish their aims – with the Romans who crucified Jesus rather than with the one who overcame evil not through force or legislation but love.

Read the whole thing.

From Bill Lindsey at Bilgrimage:

“Gay and Christian: Continuing Struggle to Find Home in Unwelcoming Churches”

I’m tired–I’m sick unto death–of Christians who claim that all they’re about is love, when they single out their gay brothers and sisters, focus obsessive attention on the perceived “sins” of those brothers and sisters, preach hate and foment violence against those brothers and sisters, and spend millions of dollars organizing movements to remove human rights from a targeted minority. I’m sick of the lying, self-serving, false talk of love when hate’s the name of the real game these fellow Christians are playing.

Read the whole thing.

From Wendell Berry:

“The Bible, as I pointed out to the writers of National Review, has a lot more to say against fornication and adultery than against homosexuality,” he said. “If one accepts the 24th and 104th Psalms as scriptural norms, then surface mining and other forms of earth destruction are perversions. If we take the Gospels seriously, how can we not see industrial warfare — with its inevitable massacre of innocents — as a most shocking perversion? By the standard of all scriptures, neglect of the poor, of widows and orphans, of the sick, the homeless, the insane, is an abominable perversion.”

“Jesus talked of hating your neighbor as tantamount to hating God, and yet some Christians hate their neighbors by policy and are busy hunting biblical justifications for doing so,” he said. “Are they not perverts in the fullest and fairest sense of that term? And yet none of these offenses — not all of them together — has made as much political/religious noise as homosexual marriage.”

Read the whole thing.

From Fred Clark at Slacktivist:

“‘There’s nothing mutual about it’: White evangelicals, privileged distress and grievance envy”

I don’t know if Muder coined the term “privileged distress” or not, but I learned it from him and I’ve found it invaluable. Privileged distress. The distress of the privileged. The anxiety that the privileged feel when others begin to enjoy the same privileges that had previously been exclusive to them. Ah, yes, that.

As Muder writes, “Once you grasp the concept of privileged distress, you’ll see it everywhere.” Actually, you saw it everywhere even before that, but you just didn’t know how to articulate and classify what it was you were looking at.

Read the whole thing. And read the brilliant Weekly Sift post by Doug Muder he references, too.

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