99 Problems But Gettin’ A Gun Ain’t 1…or Fear and Idolatry Run Amok

Those of you who listen to rap know what the real line of the song is, and I thought about using the real line but knew that if I did the point of this post would get caught in the crossfire. Anyway…

If the news reports coming out of Colorado are correct (and I have no reason to believe that they are not), then it looks like Coloradans are running after their false god of guns in order to feel less afraid the next time they go out in public. No matter that this fear is irrational and will only breed more violence. Which in turn will breed more irrational fear. Which in turn will breed more violence.

Fear and idolatry are running amok right now. What gospel are we religious liberals preaching to counter them?

Here’s what we religious liberals need to be preaching…true security does not come from running after false gods. Following after false gods only leads to isolation, exile and fear. Following after false gods leads only to more violence.

Here’s what we religious liberals need to be preaching…

Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death

I shall fear…NO…evil

For thou [God, Love, Spirit of Life, whatever you choose to call it] art with me

Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies

Thou anointest my head with oil

My cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life

And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord [Love, Spirit of Life, whatever you choose to call it] forever.

Here’s what we religious liberals need to be preaching…

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.

Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.

And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Here’s what we religious liberals need to be preaching…while we humans know that we are going to die, there is no reason to create a culture that celebrates thanatos/the violent expression of the death instinct. The drive towards death destroys everything in its way.

Here’s what we religious liberals need to be preaching…you might have 99 problems, but getting a gun will not solve 1 of them.


5 thoughts on “99 Problems But Gettin’ A Gun Ain’t 1…or Fear and Idolatry Run Amok

  1. From janitors who don’t dare report child abuse, to a grieving father who says only, of all things, that his dead son could have “wiped the floor” with the Aurora shooter, a glorification of power seems to rule minds. Despite every major religion insisting that power is usually destructive and that love triumphs. In a primitive (limbic system, maybe?) sense the lack of power produces fear. I don’t understand such messed up values, and maybe it is just that love is hard to portray on, say, a TV set. Or, more likely, our culture is currently so complicated that we fall back on simple, childish, and wrong, beliefs.

  2. This argument has really upset a number of religious liberals — they object, it seems, to any association between themselves and religious extremists. What is noteworthy, though, is how vacuous their objections ultimately are. They offer a lot of hyper-emotional language, but almost nothing that looks like a serious argument against this position. Even worse, they refuse to accurately represent what the position is.

  3. This post is really very interesting. I am loving how you tie those biblical passages together. It feels like my mini sermon for the day.

    When are you coming back to Texas for a visit?

  4. But the American left reserves its ugliest bigotry for Christians. When liberals speak or write about practicing Christians, especially evangelical Christians and, in this presidential election year, Mormons , no slander is unacceptable and no religious custom is off-limits. America’s most prominent liberal has condescendingly denigrated Christians as ” bitter clingers ” to guns and religion. Liberals have (seriously) asked: “Do All Evangelical Leaders Believe Gays Should Be Put to Death ?” They worry about reports that evangelicals are voting in record numbers . And they invent scenarios which question whether religious convictions resonate in the political arena. Every Christian, of any age or gender, is fair game for liberal animosity — or left-wing redefinition . Liberals bash Christians with impunity, because Christians are…well…Christian, and behave in a Christian manner from which liberals fear no reprisal. Ironic, huh? And opportunistic, too.

    • I am always amazed at this characterization of the Left; that somehow we are all against Christians. Seeing as though many members of the Left are Christian, it would be a form of self-hate to say that they are against Christians, wouldn’t it?

      Anyway, if you’ve read my blog before, then you know that I truly believe that the definitions of “liberal” and “conservative”, as far as Christianity goes, is much too narrow. For the examples that you give about questions asked of the conservative Christian side, there are just as many examples of questions asked of liberal Christians.

      Christianity’s enduring issue has been, and continues to be, its collusion with the state. It is very hard to critique powers and principalities when you are the power and principality–just look at the Roman Catholic Church and its handling of clergy sexual abuse.

      A couple of questions for you…who exactly gets to define what is acting in a Christian manner? What acts, if I do or don’t do them, would make me a Christian or not a Christian?

      Thanks for stopping by the blog.

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