I am mad.
And in my anger, I am trying not to sin. I am trying to love, but you must hear me loud and clear, I am angry.
I am angry because the Church in America is marked by a disgusting entitlement that would liken itself to a spoiled child, rather than by the love and grace of the Creator God.
I am angry because the Church has continued to propagate this lie that we were founded a “Christian” nation. That Manifest Destiny and the Apostles Creed are seen (or at least acted upon) as equals within orthodoxy. That red, white and blue flags adorn the altars of our churches.
But I am especially angry that the Church – so well known for advocating for the sacredness of life – has put parameters around which lives matter, making themselves – not God – judge, jury and executioner.
I am mad.
Hobby Lobby continues to blow up in the news, because they refuse to potentially participate in any abortive practices by providing insurance to their employees under new government standards.
But I wonder how the committed Christians, so deeply morally opposed to the slaughter of unborn children, feel about the slaughter of innocent Afghanis and Iranians caught in the crossfire of war.
Nicholas Kristof reported in the New York Times last week that some $640 billion has been spent on the war in Afghanistan and $800 billion on Iraq. This averages out to $12,000 per household, per year funding the death of not just (and not even primarily) Iraqi and Afghani military, but thousands of innocent lives as well.
…much like those babies we evangelicals like to fight so hard for.
Friday was National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. And while trafficking related to the sex industry is gaining some ground and grasping at some limelight, the realities of forced labor in manufacturing industries remains veiled. It’s inconvenient truth, so we ignore it.
And obviously, the lives of children and adults being forced to work long hours in substandard conditions with little or no pay are not as valuable as the unborn child’s. Clearly, their lives are a little less sacred.
Because if evangelicals were truly as pro-life as they think they are…
We would have no tolerance for a government that spends 1.4 trillion dollars in effort to harm and kill our Iraqi and Afghani brothers and sisters.
“Love your enemies.”
We would have no tolerance for consuming goods whose manufacturing contributes to the enslavement of millions upon millions of our brothers and sisters worldwide – many of them only children.
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice…to set the oppressed free”
When the Church engages in these uproars about “rights” and cries “persecution” from the government it makes me sick. Because what is actually happening is not advocating for the lives of unborn children, or the right to bear arms, or the sanctity of marriage, what is happening is the Church is grasping at a false power it was never intended to have, and stepping on the heads of the unborn to get there.
The American Dream has led the Church to chase a lie, and we are no longer following our Shepherd but the image of a bald eagle and a conquering race.
We have bought into the lies of domination and redemptive violence hook, line and sinker.
We have climbed into bed with political parties on both sides of the aisle.
We have lost our eyes to see the wounds of our brothers and our ears have become deaf to the cries of our sisters.
And what has resulted is nothing short of a spiritual tragedy.
What is being pushed to the forefront in cases like Hobby Lobby or Chick-fil-A is not a desire to put “biblical principles before profits,” if this were the case they would have stopped paying taxes long ago in the name of loving their enemies and refusing to support a war that would kill them, and the product stocking their shelves would cost more than mere dollars and change thanks to horrific manufacturing conditions in China and Vietnam. What is being pushed to the forefront is how completely we, the Church, have forgotten where our power and authority comes from. We have traded the power of the Holy Spirit within our midst for a grasping attempt to achieve political power and prestige.
“Although they knew God, they didn’t honor God as God or thank God. Instead, their reasoning became pointless, and their foolish hearts were darkened. While they were claiming to be wise, they made fools of themselves. They exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images that look like mortal humans…They traded God’s truth for a lie, and they worshipped and served the creation instead of the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” – Romans 1:21-25