Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Terrible Burden of Thinking

Can I confirm or deny the statement below? It's a polarizing thing. I imagine the majority of Christians feel they must immediately embrace it in full as truth, or else reject it all as a liberal cheap shot.

In the last decade or so I have tried to develop the ability to let the tidal wave of peer pressure wash over me, dry myself out, and then try to figure out what I really think.

The peer pressure is equal for me, I'd say, from both my conservative and liberal contingents of friends and family. So I'm damned if I do, damned if I don't (and my conservative friends would say literally so). The one thing that really kills me on questions like this is that the majority of Christians cannot see past, "because the Bible says so," as if that is an open and shut case of an answer to difficult questions of human rights, government policy and what society should look like and how it should be structured/coaxed/engineered and so on. That is shameful.

Anyway, I'll get back to you if I ever make up my mind.

(After reflecting a little on the below statement I think I need to clarify a little: I am reading this ONLY in the context of gay marriage, as I would say that is the defining social issue of our time as it relates to a perceived or real denial of rights. I fully agree that Christians in this country, as I'm sure in many others, joyfully and happily denied rights to blacks, the rest of the races, members of religious sects that weren't their's and so on. But I don't think this statement, fashioned for this time in history, is pointed at those things.)

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