Jesus' Curby or Take Your Bible And Go Home
I'll be honest. I'm scratching my head over something I don't quite understand here.
Just to review, I'm a devout Christian who firmly believes in the seperation of Church and State. That makes me a devout libertarian. As far as libertarians go, I lean toward the conservative side; assuming that "shut up and leave me alone, government" has more than one 'side' to it.
In all my years of political involvement I've seen widespread criticism of Christianity's involvement in politics. The term Christofascists is employed a great deal now as a way to define those on the hard right who would use the secular law to enforce Christian beliefs in secular society.
Yet when it comes to Global Warming, now people seem to want us involved. Yesterday Jackson Miller wrote an interesting post about his views on Christianity and environmentalism.
Matters are compounded with the belief of reserved eschatology. With the belief that you have already reserved your place in heaven (by taking the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart), you no longer are to be held accountable for your own actions. Not even by yourself. I mean, isn't that what 'grace' is for? You can beat your wife or get blow jobs from a male prostitute in a hotel in Colorado, but you are still going to heaven. Afterall, you love Jesus.
Of course, with paragraphs like that, he would have more rightly termed it an article on Gnostic libertinism, as that's the true nature of the philosophy he erroneously ascribes to Christians. Jackson further posits that
It is when you are certain that the world is ordered and in control, "even if it doesn't seem to make sense right now", that you become incapable of seeing the importance of doing what's right.
This is where it gets very interesting to me. Because this is where Jackson, like many others, assumes an almost religious fervour (sorry, Lesley) in his belief that anthropogenic climate change is an absolute, undeniable truth. Jackson further emplores the brethren to lay down our wife-beating and blow jobs to take up arms in the war in service to this new god of environmentalism.
The thing is, we need you. God needs you, to help turn this thing around. You don't have to do it for me or for my kids. Do it for Jesus. The time is now. We can do this together.
So I guess it is okay to use Jesus in service of political aims, as long as those political aims are on the correct side of a given issue. Okay. Good to know. I marvel in this new realisation that the seperation of Church & State exists only when it comes to abortion and various wars on substances and ideologies.
In fact, not only is it okay to employ Jesus as a battering ram against detractors of anthropogenic Climate Change, it's become downright necessary for some Christians to wish for the deaths of evangelical leaders who espouse any skepticism on the issue. Another fellow I just met yesterday said, in part,
this is going to sound harsh, and i apologise if it offends, but sometimes i honestly and without malice wish that these people would just go ahead and die. that way they’d get to be with God and they wouldn’t be here screwing everything up, discrediting His church, and getting in the way of His work.
I take great offense at all of this. Yes, I realise that Jackson closes with a disclaimer that he's not talking about all Christians. Just the bad ones, it seems.
Funny thing is, I tend to bristle whenever anyone tells me what Jesus' will is for my life. In my practice of Christianity, which looks much closer to that described in the actual Bible than in Jackson's definititon, I have a relationship with the Holy Spirit which pretty much keeps me on top of what Jesus would want me to do. I don't really need the help of any of the rest of the world, especially those who aren't Christians, but pantheists.
When I discuss political issues I tend to prefer to leave the Bible out of it. I realise that my opponants are not always believers, and therefore the Bible is not a germaine text for reference in the discussion. Likewise, I'd prefer if my opponants on this political issue--anthropogenic climate change--would leave the Bible out of it. It's especially galling when they themselves do not believe it, but expect to cherry pick from it to dictate my behaviour. Back off.