Rant on Religious Right

Here is my issue with social conservatives and the religious right. Those of you who think that all will be well and we will be a moral nation if we can just get laws on the books making it illegal to do the things you think God frowns on. Those of you who insist on dry counties or Blue Laws or any number of other hot button issues. Do you really want the State doing what you are too cowardly to do for yourself? Why don’t you braid your own whips? Why must it be the State that puts a gun to unbelievers (or insufficient believers) heads? Why don’t you walk into a bar yourself and demand an end to Demon Rum with your own shotgun rather than cowardly demanding the State use law enforcement to deprive your neighbors of the right of free will that Jesus Christ Himself never sought to deny to mankind?

Let me ask you to try this mental exercise out for yourself. Assume the entire social conservative platform was adopted as the law of the land, everything you want is in place and there is perfect enforcement. There are no abortions in the land, no drunkenness, no drug use. Not because the hearts of Americans have been changed, but because they fear the boot of the police if they do not comply. Would God still consider this a moral nation, just because those activities are not taking place? Does He not discern between the action not taken out of fear and the lack of desire to do evil because of a changed heart? And, if He does, what use is it to use the fear of the State to achieve outward morality? Have you not simply used other people’s money and force to white-wash the tomb to a higher degree than the Pharisees ever dreamed?

I don’t like evil either, nor am I afraid to call it evil to it’s face. But damned if I will vote to give the State, perhaps the highest of evils, the power and resources to do what I will not do myself. Especially given the track record of attempts to legislate morality. Go vote this year however you want, but if you really want a moral nation, get out of your church and off your ass and BE Christ to someone you don’t like or who scares you or who is “strange”. You think God is displeased with the immorality of this nation? Think how pissed He is at the lukewarmness of His Church.

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About cptcaveman

An Army Major, my family and I are in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. We enjoy photography, cooking, reading and outdoor sports like hunting, fishing and trapping.
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13 Responses to Rant on Religious Right

  1. John Hard says:

    Mr. Kay, THANK YOU! You have so eloquently captured my increasing frustration with right-wing evangelical conservatives. I, of course, am a recovering RWEC, and it’s great to be free. But more and more I find myself beyond nauseated, and beyond, frustrated. I am just freakin’ pissed when I hear candidates and other moral crusaders on their bandwagon against abortion, gays, and anything liberal…all in the name of Jesus.

  2. Lisa says:

    That’ll preach. 🙂

  3. Unsanitary Jesus says:

    Thank you sir for a good piece. When friends bemoan my lack of enthusiasm for modern Republicans, I often say that I did not necessarily leave the party, it left me.

  4. Curt Nelson says:

    Their lips praise me but their hearts are far away comes to mind.

  5. asdfasdf says:

    Me thinks you don’t read the Bible….

    • cptcaveman says:

      Me thinks I do (it is so much more logical and theologically sound when I use me instead of I, don’t you think?).

      I think the Jesus I read about in the Bible had very few words for the secular or religious leaders of His day, and what little there was was pretty damning. I don’t recall anywhere in the Bible where He asked the secular leaders of Rome or the religious leaders of the Jewish community to help Him stamp out misbehavior through legislation or the power of the State or Society. I read a lot about Him emphasizing relationship and purity of heart and action. Does God hate sin, absolutely. Are we, as followers, called to be pure, you bet. But when was the last time you heard a sermon on the evils of fried chicken? Which do you think is a more epidemic problem in the US, Sloth, Indolence and Gluttony or Drunkenness? And my original premise stands, what does God want of us, outward conformity or inward transformation? How do we achieve inward transformation through legislation? If we cannot, why are we trying, dragging our Faith into the gutters of Politics, when what is called for is active Faith lived out in Community as a shining light on a hill?

      There are Biblical defined roles for the government and for the Church structure, but they are NOT to invalidate free will or coerce belief.

  6. cptcaveman says:

    Another way to say it…

    • You said ” Religion is Man searching for God, but Christianity is God searching for Man.”

      The bitter and shocking truth is that Jesus founded NO religion, not even Christianity. Jesus gave us Truth–His Word–and Man took portions of the Truth, some more, some less, and made religion. This is why there is so much variance in the doctrines of the denominations of Chistianity. This is why one can also find traces of truth in even dark religions like Hinduism. And this is why being a Christian does not necessarily guarantee salvation.

      It should be noted that some Christians–such as you– are truly servants of the Most High, and do in fact preach the Truth.

      So what I think we should say is this: Religion is Man searching for God, but the Gospel is that God searches for Man.

      The Scriptures testify that Jesus announced and preached the coming of the Kingdom of God the Father, which is the Good News, the Gospel.

      I think that we should preach the Gospel (Truth) of the Kingdom of God. Nothing more, nothing less.

      • cptcaveman says:

        No arguement, Christ came to set a relationship right. `I do see value in organized religion, but it so often is a crutch for having a real relationship with Him rather than as value added in developing that relationship.

  7. Glenford A. Mc Ewen says:

    Cptcaveman, you are speaking the TRUTH !

    Keep up the good work.

    One word of caution, though: You’ve got to have thick skin to keep on saying these things, because MOST people, especially those you frequently go to church, are going to HATE you for saying the things that you do.

  8. Pathfinder says:

    I agree with your basic premise, and I particularly liked one of your responses to a comment about Jesus essentially ignoring the powers that be in his day, except when he called them hypocrites to their faces! However, there is a fly in the ointment of your argument, Major.

    The left is running roughshod over us, our rights, our freedoms using the very boot of the .gov you decry us using. Granted, we have a long way to go before they reach all of the abuses of the Romans in Jesus’ day, but even the Romans were more forgiving of local customs (so long as revolt was not in your plans) than even the liberals in this country have proven to be.

    People today do not like being reminded of the fact that the Founding Fathers were not only extremely well educated, but well-versed in Scripture as well. Scripture, and their secular knowledge, helped them form the legal basis of this country (“imbued by their Creator with certain inalienable rights….”, Washington calling for a National Day of Prayer upon his inauguration, etc.).

    But now we have God’s enemies actively taking control in this country, and promoting Evil as good, celebrating Evil instead of condemning it, institutionalizing Evil instead of rooting it out. Given my druthers, if laws have to be passed, I would prefer they be based on the Bible rather than on the Saul Alinsky rantings, or the failed notions of Marx.

    OTOH, since Scripture basically ignores the US (see Revelation), we all may be just pishing in the wind on this. I think not, though. I know Scripture tells us that these things will happen, but if we are to confront Evil, other than just calling it Evil to its face, then we need to act according to His Word.

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