Me and Jesus (Got Our Own Thing Going)

July 16, 2008

Irreverence is another person’s disrespect to your god; there isn’t any word that tells what your disrespect to his god is. (Mark Twain)

So, between the spells of Righteous Indignation that come over me every time hucksters like James Dobson or Tom Delay  use the Lord’s name in vain, (i.e., pretty much every time they open their whore mouths) I’ve often thought that for the sake of my own soul’s serenity, I should focus more on GOOD things about Jesus.

It’s not an easy thing to do, considering the ubiquitous chorus of criminals, liars, and sheep who push their own Political Jesus Agenda with the same obnoxious volume as Crazy Joe down at the Car Corral in his craptastic commercials.

Fundamentalists rely on a basic faulty proof to justify their religious and political positions:

1) The Bible in inerrant.

2) We understand the Bible perfectly.

3) We base all of our religious, social, and political opinions on the Bible.

4) Therefore, all of our religious, social, and political opinions are inerrant.

This logic is easy enough to dispute.  Put aside for the moment the fact I’ve never heard anyone come close to offering a sensible rationale for believing the Bible to be inerrant, nor even try to offer a justification for why I should have faith in such a notion.  Even if the bible were all true in the literal sense, we wouldn’t be able to understand it, because we’re not nearly as knowledgeable as God is about things like, you know, GOD.

My point is this:  I don’t believe Jesus gives a damn how you interpret Old Testament scripture or the writings of Saul/Paul.  Unless, that is, you employ those interpretations to elevate yourself in your own mind above people to have the nerve to vote different, think different, live different, or even screw different than you do.  If this is what Jesus does for you, strokes your ego at the expense of your neighbor, then I’m not saying you’re not a Christian.  I’m only saying you’ve missed the point of being a Christian.

Because Jesus has nothing to do with that kind of vanity.  And that, my friends, is one VERY GOOD THING about Jesus.



One comment

  1. #2: he worked well with wood.

    Popular teeshirt from the irreverent NW: “My Boss is a Communist Jewish Carpenter.”

    God bless you Duck.

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