It’s Time for Evangelicals to Get off their Moral High Horse
In this day and age, white, evangelical Christianity has completely lost it’s moral authority, which, frankly, it never had to begin with.
How did I ever accept that Evangelical Christianity was any sort of true north on the moral compass of life?
They weren’t and they aren’t. Yet they convinced me, and millions of others, that they are.
They convinced people that wearing a cross is “Freedom of Religion” while wearing a Hijab is akin to terrorism.
They convinced people that only certain kinds of marriages were allowed by God. They fought to keep people who loved each other from getting married.
They protested against interracial relationships. They believed scripture backed them up. Remember, not many Christians would do this today, and they acknowledge it was wrong to try to stop two people of differing races to marry. And don’t get me started on how they viewed slavery.
Yet, today, they protest against gay marriage. They believe scripture backs them up.
They were wrong back then about interracial relationships, just as they are wrong about same-sex relationships today.
Christians used to believe it was okay to own people. They loved God. They went to church. They read the same bible you and I do, and white Christians believed it to be okay to literally own another human being.
They were wrong then. And they are wrong now when they think a woman doesn’t always own her body. Because it isn’t an abortion debate. It is a “do you always own your body” debate, which, isn’t even a debate. That answer is a hard yes.
You always own your body. If you are a free person, who breathes air and exists independently of another person, you are in charge of what happens to your body. You decide what goes in it. You decide what doctors you will see. You decide how you will eat. You decide if you will allow your body to grow another body. Plain and simple. Even if life begins at conception, that life does not get to make decisions until it is independent of my body, and obviously some years after that as we all know we have to care for babies. This is not the time to talk about babies who are born and left in dumpsters, as that problem may be all but eliminated if we supported women who sought abortions instead of shamed them.
Christians are not the moral authority. They never have been.
Some of the biggest scandals I can recall involve religious leaders, and even entire sects of Christianity.
Right now, plenty of people who identify as Christians support a man who has been divorced multiple times, has committed infidelity, sexual harassment and sexual assault. Christians voted for him to become president of the United States of America. He was the Christian candidate. And yes, people absolutely can be forgiven for all sorts of atrocious acts, but forgiveness doesn’t mean, “Yeah, this guy should be president.” We forgive our grandpa’s low-key racist remarks, but we don’t suggest he run for office. We know the difference between forgiving and supporting.
Christians are not the moral authority. And it’s time they come to grips with that.
You, Christian, do not get to sit on a moral high horse anymore. You do not have the right to call anyone else’s behavior sin. You are so full of your own sin, and you either choose to ignore it or do not see it, both of which disqualify you from having an opinion on whether or not someone else’s actions are sinful.
You do not get to influence laws which trample on other people’s rights. You do not get to become offended if I wear a short skirt or kiss a woman. You are in no way, shape or form morally superior to any agnostic, atheist, Muslim, transgender, wiccan or anyone.
You are not the arbiter of decent behavior.
You never have been. You have been on the wrong side of history more often than you were on the right side of history.
This message brought to you by someone who believes in God, loves Jesus, loves people and who used to identify as a Christian, but now realizes she is far too loving, accepting, compassionate and kind to be a member of mainstream Christianity.