You know that thing about never talking religion or politics? I pretty much follow that rule as closely as possible unless I’m with really good friends or if a lesser good friend has fed me too much wine.
I’m the first to admit when I just don’t know much about something; I try to stick to topics I do know . . . like my own mind, Phillips- vs. flat-head screwdrivers, subject-verb agreement and how to wrestle a thrashing 2 year old “tiny dragon” into footed pajamas (sit on it). Theology is one of those things I just don’t know anything about, and although I pretend to not give two shits, I really do. Because deep down I really want to be RIGHT.
I keep finding that more and more areas of my life are deeply affected by both religion and politics. It seems I can’t just have a rational opinion about anything without having to commit to an actual belief. And heaven help us if my rational conclusion isn’t somehow backed up by Scripture. And I’ll be right on my way to hell in that handbasket if my politics don’t line up with someone else’s interpretation of Scripture. I get myself into quite a world of trouble over the Bible, actually.
As part of my recovery program (you know, RCA, Recovering Christians Anonymous) I tried to unburden myself of as many previously held “truths” as possible. I tried forgetting, I tried unlearning, I even tried an ice pick to gouge out those parts of my brain and soul that were harboring old bits of dogma. It’s a sickness, you know, a mental health disorder even, this needing to be RIGHT at all costs. But that’s what they told me I was: RIGHT. RIGHT RIGHT RIGHT RIGHT RIGHT.
And then they handed me a sword and sent me to war.
But the problem with war is that loads of people get hurt. Some even die. And I don’t really even like to fight.
So Rachel Held Evans proposed the Rally to Restore Unity, and I thought I might join in because I’d rather have the freedom in the church to say what I believe and follow Whom I believe than to always have to worry about being RIGHT. Plus, we’re raising funds for clean water projects WOOT! Here’s to putting down the swords.