Regular reader Jude commented on something regular reader zdenny wrote in response to this post. He said, “Until I read your comment above, I actually had some sympathy for you.” He finished his comment later with, “I honestly feel like copying and pasting your comments and labelling them ‘Reason #1 not to become a Christian’.”
I have a running list of rationale for not being a Christian. It pains me to talk about such a list, as my family are all Christians and they read here from time to time, and hurting them isn’t something I’m dying to do. But yet, here I am talking about it. It’s like saying, “I’m sorry” before slapping them in their collective heads.
The blog goes on.
I remember this email conversation I had with my brother about non-belief back when he lived in Vietnam. I dogged religion hard. I opened up to him primarily because I thought he was open to it, and I thought that given the chance and time to think it out, he’d probably agree with me. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. I’m not really going to repeat all that stuff here, as I dog religion all the time.
Remember that reality show on Sundance “One Punk Under God” where the son of Jimmy Bakker, Jay, showed his trials and tribulations of being a minister? That’s the closest form of Christianity that I can stomach as being the “right” form of Christianity. At least Jay was accepting of all kinds of people. He seemed so honest and loving. I really liked that show and I liked the Christianity it portrayed. That would be on my list of reasons to become a Christian.
I’ve said it before, but my brother ranks in that category too. Give that guy an hour of your time, and you’d understand that there are good godly people trying hard to be reasons why a person would become a Christian.
All this exposition is to say, I got excited when I saw a title of an article by Dr. Patrick Johnston that read, “Sarah Palin Is Disqualified From Being Vice President and Is Unworthy of the Support of Conservatives” I thought, “Wow, a conservative Christian with whom I agree. Awesome!”
But then I read his article (link). Do you want to know why Dr. Johnston disqualified Palin from being VP of the United States? In his words (emphasis mine):
As Governor, she is the chief executive power in the state, and has the divine obligation to be “God’s minister” to “execute wrath against evildoers” and be a “terror” to those who would assault God’s innocent children.
Wait. Shhh. Wait a second.
Did you hear that?
That’s the sound of a deflating honk echoing against walls of my Jesus-less heart.
“Execute the wrath against evildoers and be a terror to those who would assault god’s innocent children.”
I read the rest of the article and it’s as awful and deliberately Pat Robertson-esque as anything I’ve ever read. Unfortunately, those items in quotes are very biblical statements. Robertson was speaking on the authority of the bible when he made those awful statements about Haiti. Dr. Johnston was too.
This is why atheists are horrified: Because the word of god is deliberately and non-euphemistically violent and awful. Because Christ’s followers make the rest of them look awful.
In one episode of “One Punk Under God,” Jay was posting stickers around town that said “Dear God, save me from your followers.”
There’s got to be a catch phrase we can pull out of that. Something like, “Dear Christians, save yourselves from your message” or “Deliver yourselves from your own evils.”
In the meantime, scratch a couple few more reasons down why I’m not a believer.