Blanket Judgment of Evangelicals is Also Extremism

I agree that religious extremism in any form ends up doing violence to the rights of others. But blanket judgments of all people who are evangelical is the same kind of extremism. Some of us have had our whole lives changed for the better by seeing through the distortions of religion of all kinds to a central reality that Jesus himself recognized: Whatever we do to those who are the least in our eyes, usually those most different from ourselves, we do to all, including Jesus. The mystics of all major religions say the same thing. We are all one, like the parts of a human body, the cells of living creatures, the atoms of all creation. For me, the person of Jesus was key to my waking up to this and growing more and more aware of the love of God for me and all creation. Everyone sees through the glass darkly. We are not God. So it is not up to me or anyone else to judge others. God is the only one that sees the whole reality. We are simply called to love. We share what has helped us lovingly, while recognizing that God may be working in a different way in someone else at any particular moment in time. We should certainly speak out against extremism. And all blanket judgments are extremism.

About Eileen

Mother of five, grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of four. 1955 -1959 Rice University in Houston, TX. Taught primary grades; Was Associate Post Director of Religious Education at Ft. Campbell, KY; Consultant on the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator, Was married for 60 years to an Architect in Middle Tennessee.

Posted on November 22, 2017, in B4Peace, Ethics, Jesus, Judging, Love, Paradox, prejudices, Saved by grace and not by law and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Amen, amen, amen!

    Who are we to decide how God can act? We are all different. The only people Jesus condemned were the Pharisees – hypocrites who had all the answers for everyone. The opposite of faith isn’t doubt, but certainty, as Anne Lamott said.  

    • Isn’t she amazing? That isn’t something I grasped until I dealt with the whole inner twin to Thomas issue. Thanks for being such a faithful reader and responder.

  2. well, actually, they might be like Nazi’s and do we think that’s good?
    Here’s what evangelicals did to Jamaica: https://girlpoweracademy.wordpress.com/2015/12/15/evangelicals-homophobia-and-teaching-hate-using-the-jesus-myth/
    and as Trump is being elevated by them and also supporting Roy Moore, I think you might not be speaking at all on behalf of what Jesus really wants.
    Evangelicals want not only to control my womb and take away my basic rights, they want homosexuality to be declared a mental illness. They also think if you are rich, god blesses you. They think money reflects a blessing.
    I love you Eileen.
    Have a awesome thanksgiving.
    You are in my prayers.

    • I know a lot of Evangelical Christians who are not doing any of those things. You are damning people you don’t know. That’s prejudging/prejudice. All Baptists are not like that and they are evangelical. You are doing exactly what the people you are judging do.
      Sometimes I find it difficult to understand that you don’t see that. Read Corrie Ten Boom’s book. I met her and when I was in Holland, I saw her home where her family hid the Jews. I heard her tell the story of one of the guards at the prison camp where she was and where her sister died coming up to her after she gave a talk. And how for a moment she could not respond to his plea for her to forgive him. But grace came and she did. I don’t have to accept other’s beliefs and I do actively express the reasons for my being in favor of every one’s right to marry to the Representative and Senators and our Governor. I write letters, make calls, and send emails on all these issues. I don’t agree with some of my family that I love deeply and that I know are much more loving in many ways than I am. I understand how you feel, because I have been there myself and once in a while, I lose it, and want to say really judgmental and hurtful things to people. But then I remember what I’ve had to learn over and over and I have to let go of the pleasure of thinking I know the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It took me a long time to even want to love people I not only don’t like, but whose viewpoint and emotional responses seem unbalanced and very possibly harmful. But, I realize the truth in Jesus’ prayer from the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

      • I think of baptists as Baptists like Bill Moyers, and they differ. I’m not damning evangelicals. They are damning me.
        thanks for replying.

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