I want to talk about David Hawk getting up in front of the Tennessee legislature and preaching, but before I can even get that far, we must talk theology, just for a minute. Please turn your attention to
I wake up hoping and praying to live a sin-free life just like Christ did. Every day I fail miserably. Now although God does not condone or accept the sins that I commit, he has the almighty power of forgiveness. I ask God for forgiveness every day and he blesses me even though I’m not worthy.
Because I just have to ask, is that a common understanding of what the Christian god wants–for people to live sin-free lives like Christ did? I don’t know. It’s an interesting question. How, for instance, did Jesus understand sin? Hawk says that he fails every day to live a sin-free life, and that he fails miserably. And yet, when Jesus told the adulterer to go and sin no more, clearly, He must have thought it was entirely possible for her to do so, right? Or did he just mean for her to stop sleeping with someone who wasn’t her husband? Is Jesus’ emphasis on living without sinning or is it on all that, as Mark Driscoll puts it, that “neutered and limp-wristed popular Sky Fairy”, hippie, queer Christ stuff*? I don’t know. We seem to be at this strange moment in history where Jesus is some kind of pissed-off, violent Mr. Clean. And I just wonder when that happened.
But here is my main point: who the hell thinks that it’s appropriate to stand up in front of the State Legislature in his roll as an elected official to stand up and talk about people turning their lives over to Jesus?
I’m glad people were snickering.
Seriously, the fact that an elected official could have so little respect for the Constitution of the country he’s supposed to be serving on a state level is disturbing. And, frankly, I think the only way to stop this kind of bullshit is for folks to push the issue. Jesus can’t be the only One who’s got an opinion on what Williams did. So, let’s hear from some other folks with heart-felt religious leanings, I say. Every time someone stands up to give some bullshit sermon about Jesus IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE, I want a line of other folks ready to stand up and give some bullshit sermon on someone else. Or, fine, more on Jesus, but from a different theological perspective. Maybe if, every time Jesus came up, it turned into 30 minutes of hearing everybody’s theological opinion, this nonsense would stop.
If Republicans want to know why hippie liberals like me don’t have more respect for their ideas, it’s because some of you carry on like brainwashed lunatics and none of the rest of you call them on it.
It’s not church.
*Poor Driscoll really wants to worship someone like Thor, apparently, but doesn’t have the balls to admit he’s shilling for a god he finds disgusting.