The Christian Right Was Right


I confess that I was dead wrong about this. I have to hand it to the Christian Right, they knew what the heck they were talking about all this time. They knew this was going to happen and predicted it with astounding accuracy, over and over again.
 
For decades they tried to tell us that the sky was falling, that devils were walking among us, that the end was so very nigh. For years and years they lamented the approaching devastation and tried to prepare us like good prophets do. They pounded their pulpits with ferocity and thumped their Bibles with abandon, forecasting this country’s certain doom—and we didn’t listen. We rolled our eyes and dismissed them as out-of-touch, hypocritical, religious zealots whose hold on reality was tenuous at best. And yet, they had it right all along.
 
It turns out that every single one of their raw-throated, brimstone-breathing prophecies were true:
 
That the wolves would come in sheep’s clothing to devour the innocent.
That there would be a twisting of the Scriptures to justify vile evil of every kind.
That people would do what was right in their own eyes and make themselves into the very God they most worshiped.
That money and power and pride would be too seductive to avoid for far too many.

That the Church was in danger of being polluted to the point of death.
That the least of these would be discarded and brutalized.
That good people would be preyed upon by opportunistic monsters.
 
These sage prognosticators had everything about the approaching disaster correct—except its source.
They neglected to predict the actual genesis of this great decimation. Because it wouldn’t be the Gays or the Muslims or the Atheists or celebrities or street people or tattooed women or sexually active teenagers as they’d so foretold. It wouldn’t be transgender people lurking in bathrooms, or brown-skinned suicide bombers from some distant cave, or any of the countless boogeymen they told us were hiding in the shadows to bring terror. No, the encroaching danger was a whole lot closer than all that. 
 
For years the Christian Right has been warning us about Godless hordes coming to destroy America and it turns out this was true—it’s just that the words were autobiographical.
 
As a lifelong Christian I’ve had a sick sense of déjà vu watching politicians professing to be followers of Jesus dismantling every program designed to care for the vulnerable and the hurting, seeing the way the powerful are being awarded greater power, watching empathy vanishing and hatred skyrocketing. I’ve heard this story a million times before; proclaimed on Sunday mornings from pulpits, unleashed in religious social media rants, and shouted through bullhorns on street corners. I knew this was coming, or at least I should have. We all should have. These harbingers of doom were absolutely right to warn us—and ironically they were the very ones they were warning us about. In the sickest kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, they were the plague of these days that they said would come.
 
It would be the preachers and the evangelists abandoning the heart of Jesus, perverting the words of the Bible for their agenda, selling their souls for a high place overlooking the world. They would be the very false prophets they told us that we should like hell run from. These supposed disciples of Jesus would be the ones to betray him with a kiss and send him to a bloody, undignified end.
 
Yes, the Christian Right was right, evil was going to run amok through the world and terrorize the lives of ordinary people and make a mockery of God. And that is what it is surely doing in these days.
I owe them an apology.
I should have believed them.
I once was blind, and now I see.
 
 
 
 

566 thoughts on “The Christian Right Was Right

  1. Its the Christian Right trying to save this nation from the fall into that abyss.
    What are you piss ants doing other than following that anti Christ into the bowels of hell by hating the people working hard to restore America?

    • The sad thing is, you likely believe all of that, but it does not make it true. You may think Trump and right-wingers want to “save this nation” but all evidence says they just want to control it for their own purposes and they do not seem to have as much to do with Christ as they do with hate and bigotry.

    • What abyss would that be? The one Obama pulled us back from after W drove our economy into the toilet? I take it you don’t like clean water, clean air, preservation of our national parks, civil rights, social security, paid holidays and sick leave, the ability of woman to vote, etc. All passed by Democratic congresses and opposed by Republicans.

    • I recommend rereading the book of Matthew. Scribes and pharisees aren’t going to be recognized by everybody. People are going to fall for disinformation and falsehoods. They are referred to as those who are the religious elite, and those who write the laws.

    • Scribes and pharisees. Book of Matthew. Not everybody will recognize the falsehoods or those who espouse them.

  2. what the christian right did not tell you, was that it would be the christian right making it all possible, by shifting blame for everything wrong to those who do not agree with the “christian” right.

    They did not tell you that their churches and church organizations would make it possible by duping a bunch of otherwise good people to deceive and hate others, and still believe that Christ wanted it that way.

  3. One thing I can say about this post… In spite of (or perhaps because of) how polarizing this topic seems to be, it’s certainly brought to light just how judgemental those who identify as “Christian Right” can be.

    For instance, as soon as someone says that they’re anything other than straight, or that they’re pro-choice (which does not necessarily equate to pro-abortion, despite that the right wants to believe), or that they’re tolerant of people with other beliefs, or, in some cases, even that they’re of an ethnicity other than European, they’re shouted down, they’re attacked, they’re called “idiots”, they’re told they’re going to burn in whatever version of hell the Christian Right is promoting this week.

    And it’s sad.

    It’s sad that these people refuse to show any empathy. It’s sad that these people refuse to walk even an inch in someone else’s shoes, much less a mile. It’s sad that these people refuse to look at these issues from any other perspective than the one they’re spoon-fed by their preachers. It’s sad that people like them can harbor so much hatred toward someone like me. It’s sad that, because of religion, so many of them are so willing to turn their backs on their family and friends because they may be gay, or trans, or even have a different political perspective. It’s sad that they can be so willing to force their children to go through the hell that is reparative therapy just because they don’t love who their parents want them to, even though, scientifically, it’s been proven to be a sham.

    I would say I have pity for them, but I don’t. At one time, I have a great deal of pity for the Christian Right, because I found it unbelievable that people could be so small-minded, ignorant, and, often, downright evil. But, here in this thread, it’s all on display. The vitriol, the hate, the closed-mindedness, the bigotry, and the ignorance.

    And to what end? What does it accomplish, being so closed-minded? What’s gained from it? What does anyone gain from it? Sure, you can say that your book says that you’re “right” about these subjects, but what about those of us with a different perspective? Do you just tune us out? Why not take a moment and look at the world through the eyes of someone like me? Why not take the time to try to understand a different perspective? Why not take the time to try to learn about someone like me, to get to actually know someone like me, so you can see that the way I live my life isn’t just a “phase”, that who I love isn’t some “abomination”, that I can be myself and continue to make positive contributions to my community? Can anyone sincerely live their life in such a bubble that they’re literally blind to anyone who isn’t exactly the same as themselves? I would hope not, and yet…

    It’s sad. It’s depressing. And it’s shameful that, in 2017, someone like me has to wonder which of her rights as a person are going to be stripped this week because someone hiding behind the banner of religion refuses to even attempt to understand me.

    • As an LGBT Christian, I understand exactly what you mean, Caitlyn. My parents are starting to come around to accepting that this is how God made me, just another part of the human condition. However, the most outwardly “religious” of our extended family refuse to communicate with me and actively promote misinformation and confusion among our other relatives.

      That “anti-other” behaviour is so against the clarity of Christ’s words to us: to simply love God and love our neighbor. I wish they would at least try to walk a mile, an block, an *inch* even! in my path to learn empathy and compassion toward us. It’s hard to forgive, but I’m trying.

      • TC you are Already the grown up in the room for trying! We forgive for Our peace,but no rules say we have to forget.Hang in there…keep trying,thank you!for being one of those beacons.

  4. You’re only half right, John.
    Yes, there are terrible people in the Christian Right.
    But the fact is, anyone who gives themselves over to Jesus, anyone who actually believes there is an invisible being who answers prayers, anyone who adopts 2000-year-old mythology as an important guide to gaining life after death is not only gullible, hypocritical, misguided, irresponsible, and supporting an abusive, even murderous way of life.

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    • I meant this as a response to another post. I totally agree with this article had have ever since Trump appeared on the scene with the Big Time talking heads for the Evangelicals.

  6. “when fascism comes to america, it will be wrapped in a flag and holding a cross” – loosely attributed to Sinclair Lewis

  7. They’re the Anti-Christ they used to warn us about from the pulpit. And they’re leading those who choose to follow them. I chose to leave them and follow Christ.

  8. Many I know voted for Trump because of tax reform an issue ofwhich I am not totally against…but it seems there is a hard time making it fairer and less complicated. These I speak of are stalwart business people who I respect…..BUT I am now watching them cringe with every tweet…watching them cringe with every crazed follower almost in a trance claim that Trump is ordained by God…watching them cringe at the next charges coming down against Trump’s henchmen by the Special Prosecutor. They are starting to have a crises of conscience over one issue…”tax reform”. If this is so wanted against so many other disgusting things that Trump says or more scarily what sociopathic lengths his supporters go to to keep him front and center, I must ask them…..is simple “tax reform” worth this all of these hateful mounting externalities thrust upon the rest of us, the American people?
    I know there are some (in fact I know some) that will deliriously defend him to the end. For what it is worth, they should be “out there” as examples for the rest us lemmings to study and learn from. Trump is not their hero. He is their mimic…their voice-piece, playing and singing their darkest hateful fears and they are loving every minute of it. Just like separating the wheat from the chaff, there will be a conclusion and we will see if we are the better for it.
    It’s a bitter pill for sure.
    Also, I cannot help but think those that vehemently flash the expletives about Liberal or Socialist against the rest of us who question Trump have nothing further to offer but just those non-arguments (except for tax reform….maybe or abortion….maybe) for supporting him….or more precisely their selfish selves.
    This is pretty sad stuff.

  9. I’m struggling here, and hope that someone can offer clarity out of the confusion. It seems that almost all comments are made by people who profess to be Christians and on the side of life, kindness, compassion, and all things godly, yet almost everyone has said something nasty at some point. Names have been called, and insults hurled, and I have to wonder about scriptural quotes about spiritual fruits when those references are paired with condescension and mean-spirited words. As a former Christian who is seeking and considering a return, I find that this is something I see often, and it makes me wonder – why would I look for a spiritual home with people who consistently say one thing and do another?

    I’m asking a genuine question here, and assure you that my intent is not to create further divisiveness but to understand.

    • Juniper, as a former Christian, I understand your search and remember those feelings of longing. I think your question, as stated, answers itself.

      Keep looking within, keep paying attention without, keep trusting yourself on these matters. As they say, “It gets better.”

  10. I’m agnostic. I know there are two types of Christians.

    One group holds to the beliefs of serving mankind, forgiveness, resilience and hope. They fund rescue missions, food banks, immigration outreach, and community building. They are unassuming and often unnoticed. They may judge you, but they then realize they are wrong to do so, and make an effort to open their mind as their Christian duty. They invite you in.

    The second group walks in fear. They have the bible, which tells them who belongs and who doesn’t. It gives them the words to defend shutting out the needy, shoring up the defenses, and awaiting the floods that will wash away all the evil while saving their righteous lives. Religion is a tool used to sharpen their narrow minds and give their bigotry a validity that’s undeserved. Words are added to key passages, such as “Love thy neighbor”, It means “Love they ‘American’ neighbor”. Fear drives these Christians. Insecurity and feeling of inferiority create blind devotion to making sure there are other people who are less than them. Other races, genders, religions.

    When I meet a Christian it doesn’t take long to figure out which type of Christian I am meeting. I admire Christians, and appreciate the real efforts they make to improve mankind for everyone. The fake Christians, on the other hand, seek to improve for themselves, at the expense of others and they have been winning the hearts of far too many new disciples with their fear, uncertainty and doubt tactics.

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