This is a religious blog, but it’s also a very political one. Everything we post here is political in nature, even our menu items, chats about fashion, and articles chronicling our housekeeping and prayer habits. We’re all about the Bible here, and that is a truly groundbreaking book. It covers both eternal and temporal truth. If you believe in the former, your witness in regards to the latter will make people nearly swallow their tongues.
What our society needs is a heck of a lot more tongue-swallowing.
Bible Freaks, you see, are the Greatest Freaks. There’s nothing more freakish than founding all of your opinions upon the wishes of an invisible sky spirit and hopes of spending eternity chilling on clouds playing harps with your deceased loved ones and a woman who gave birth and died a virgin.
So, what are you afraid of? That people won’t like you? Here’s some news: If they like you now, it’s probably because they think you don’t really believe all of that Bible stuff. They don’t like you because you’re a Christian, they like you because they think you’re just posing as a Christian. You’re enlightened. You’re nice. You’re not really like that. You read the Good Book, but you don’t let it get to your head and change your mind about the things that matter to polite society.
You’re a moderate. You’re a Respectable Christian. They can invite you over and you won’t embarrass them in front of the better class of people by saying something awkward.
But religious moderation is what has brought us to where we are. We need to be extremists. The whole world has gone crazy and we’re the only truly sane people around. When sane people talk to crazy people, the crazy people will sometimes think they’re insane. If you can express your deeply-held political opinions in mixed company without people occasionally spitting out their tea, storming out of the room, or at least laughing uncomfortably and looking around to see if other people have just heard what they’ve heard, then you’re not doing it right. What you’re saying is not of God.
You, my dear, are a house-trained Christian. Go fetch!
Or, you could change your tune. Live dangerously. Speak up. Risk alienation and persecution. Preach the Gospel, in the unabridged version this time:
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
John 15: 18-19