Tina K. Russell

July 19, 2008

Showboat Christianity

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Tina Russell @ 10:36 pm

My friend Hannah tells it like it is:

It’s time to watch a show: Wear your religion on your chest
I think that things like saying thanks to God and valuing life and saving sex for marriage are right and good, but there’s so much more that Christians are responsible for. If someone gets some kind of spiritual nourishment out of the church with the mahogany pulpit, God bless ’em, honestly. But if your entire faith is based on rubbing it in someone else’s face that you’re saved and he or she isn’t, then it’s not really following Jesus’ example. That’s what the Pharisees were doing and Jesus made no bones about how pointless it was.

For the record, I don’t see anything wrong with premarital sex, though I think she is saying she feels abstinence ’til being hitched is the healthier choice rather than a moral obligation. To each their own, you know. But, I’m getting off the subject.

What Hannah is saying is something I’ve felt for a long time… the more of a showoff you are about your religion, the less likely you are to be sincere about it, and by sincere I mean in following and practice rather than an unshakable belief in every literal absurdity of the Bible (flaming swords that turn each way, stopping the sun in the sky, etc.). People who beat their chests until they’re sore about being “saved,” aside from being insecure, tend to be missing the entire point of the Bible. They also lend an unfortunate credibility to the “New Atheists'” arguments that the Bible is just a bunch of silly fairy tales. Boasting that your faith in Jesus will make you live forever–with the distressing corollary that life on this world is, by comparison, insignificant–is ignoring what Jesus actually said about how to live your life and treat those around you.

We could put all that energy from showing off what great followers we are into figuring out how we can actually become better followers, you know?


1 Comment »

  1. Hi Tina
    I once had a Jewish girlfriend explained to me that according to the Torah, all the sexual rules were about maintaining a womans property value and nothing to do with spirituality.

    A lot of things started making sense to me after that.

    She also told me that it was not legally possible for a man to commit adultery but I’m not to sure about that statement.

    I still read your posts. Keep up the good writing.

    Comment by John — July 25, 2008 @ 6:58 pm

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