Sunday, February 3, 2013
So I was rooting for Baltimore. I even had a $50 bet on them with my dad, just to show myself and the world that I was serious. And I am fine with Ray Lewis. Yes, he is a dramatic attention hog, but like many people like that, he's charismatic and therefore likable.
But Lewis said something to the world from the victory stage of the Superdome that really bothered me. He said: “It’s simple: when God is for you, who can be against you?” This is a direct quote of Romans 8:31.
The church has trained its legions to think this way. You came down with a cold? Satan is trying to get you. Didn't get that job promotion? The spiritual forces of darkness saw to that. Problems in your marriage? The devil does not want to see God's elect prosper, so he will do everything in his power to hold them down.
Christians allow themselves to be wrapped up in their own little bubble, and they don't see the ridiculous implications of their thinking. So when a non-believer is passed over for a job, or some other tragedy befalls them, does the Christian's line of thinking not fall apart in their hands like so much cheap Chinese stitching?
And the implications of Lewis' words are painfully, embarrassingly evident to anyone with a functioning brain: So God was FOR the Ravens, but AGAINST the 49ers. Really?
I'll just say it without pulling any punches: I think that modern American Christianity is intellectually bankrupt. I don't single out Lewis, he's only speaking into a microphone the way most Christians, in my experience, speak to their friends and family and like-minded compatriots.
And it's wrong, because it's so silly, and so insulting to the idea of reason and intelligence. I wish my tribe knew better, but for now we are saddled with an anti-intellectual mentality that thinks that faith and reason are mutually exclusive, instead of complimentary.