8/22/2005

authoritarian christianity

"We need to tell both parties, 'It's our way or the highway'...You and I can bring the ruling reign of the cross to America." -- Bishop Harry Jackson at the recent Justice Sunday II in Nashville, TN.

How's that for a view of bringing the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth?

7 Comments:

At 8/22/2005 4:40 PM, Blogger Eric said...

I'm confused. Isn't the "highway" heaven? So, what's so bad about not going "our way?" But doesn't that also then mean that "our way" is not heaven? Unless "highway" actually refers to a highway, like I-70 or 40, then in that case, does "Our Lady Of The Highway" off I-70 know they're being touted as a consolation prize.

 
At 8/22/2005 5:13 PM, Blogger Nathaniel said...

Ha, you crack me up. Is the phrase "my way or the highway" not an East Coast thing? In all seriousness, though, I do agree with you. My commentary is that the wing of Christianity obsessed with power and control is not reflecting the true teachings of Jesus, so there's not anything wrong with not going their way. It's the fact that they want to drag the other 250 million of us along that makes it important to follow, understand, and offer alternatives to what they preach.

Anyway, the part that most interests me is the ruling reign of the cross, but that's what makes it so bizarre; everybody can find something entertaining. I do appreciate the word economy, however. Often times you have to wade through a half hour diatribe to figure out the agenda.

 
At 8/22/2005 6:22 PM, Blogger Eric said...

I'm sure it's an East Coast saying.

As for the whole "ruling reign of the cross", there's something fearful about that whole mentality. It doesn't sound like the cross is a benign ruler, especially when it's associated with ultimatums. I would argue that while economic in syntax, it's actually saying "Look, the cross has us in shackles... see?... see the shackles?... it's not a metaphor, it's actually shackles... they pinch too, but I digress. You see, we're jealous that your cross doesn't have you in shackles, and it's really unfair if you think about it. (Think about it, I'll wait.) Anyway, follow our cross, that way everyone could be in shackles, and our kids wont know we didn't have to be in shackles. Really, it's about the children. And hey, these shackles aren't so bad. And they come with a ticket to heaven too! Well actually, I guess it's more like they don't take away your heaven privileges."

Now I'm digressing as well...

 
At 8/22/2005 6:52 PM, Blogger Charles said...

Nate--Isn't that the problem? Most people don't have ANY kind of cross to get behind except the one of themself?

Just feeling particularly pious tonight!

Charles

 
At 8/22/2005 7:01 PM, Blogger Eric said...

charles, does it have to be a cross?

 
At 8/23/2005 8:08 AM, Blogger Charles said...

Eric--I guess since the cross is only one symbol of higher purpose and belief, it could be chicken bones and a small burlap sack of paprika.

Charles

 
At 8/23/2005 8:40 AM, Blogger Eric said...

... or, say, the Star of David...

 

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