- Jun 6, 2014
You're just being myopic.
Pot to kettle.......
I think it's naïve and simplistic to equate all of us that have a faith as being of the same mind. The fact is that those of us who describe ourselves as Christians vote for different political parties and have vastly different views on social justice views, same-sex relationships etc.If you want a faith revival, you will need the forces of Christianity to continue down this path of right-wing populism, cutting social services in exchange for tax breaks for the wealthy. Get the poor on their knees, and increase their numbers.
The label "Christian" incorporates vastly different interpretations. (Almost as many interpretations as there are Christians!)
I can agree with many of the things you have to say about the more extreme forms of Christianity practised, but the fact is that I label myself as a Christian and I would never vote for any party that cuts social services in exchange for tax breaks for the wealthy.
It's more accurate to blame neoliberalism for cutting down on social services -than lumping all of us who call ourselves Christians together as the culprit.
Believe you me, from my perspective, it upsets me that there are those that use the label Christian that are bigots, racists and homophobes. But the fact remains that one can't control another's interpretation of what it means to be a Christian.
That said, I do have some ideas on what may help.......
Just insulting someone's beliefs, and then expecting them to change, is unlikely to work. All that tends to do is increase your smugness and sense of superiority at their expense. We are all the products of our environment and hereditary - that is what we all have in common. People's views are more likely to change if they change their environmental factors.(The books I've read and the theologians I've met have changed my views on Christianity from orthodoxy to progressive -particularly process theology -Christianity.)
Change in environmental factors is what makes life interesting and the life journey more rewarding. I highly recommend it . Travel and experiencing different cultures and different folks with different points of view has enriched life's tapestry for me. And that's why, politically, I'm a democratic socialist, I just wish others had the same opportunities in life as I have had.