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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Christian theatrics


There are a lot of politically active Christians engaged in pro-life crusades, social justice, prayer in schools, and any number of other causes. Gay marriage is of course the latest battle in the culture war, as the actual sovereigns get about the business of deconstructing marriage. What shall we do?, the Christian cry goes up. To which Contra Niche responds, get over it losers:
I think most Christians are happy to fail. They feel the need to say things- like whining like a baby about marriage laws in this country- but this is simply a political version of the word magic Christianity has become. We must, apparently, say the name of Jesus, and or say things we think he might like to hear, but to take something back to ourselves- like marriage, or any sacrament for that matter- is impossible.

It matters not at all that it would be fairly simple, given that we already have these organizations, as useless and bureaucrat ridden as they are, called churches, which, if they felt like it, could arbitrate. Of course, we have to be invested in not having Christian governance, because the last bit of Christian governance came from monarchs, and if we started thinking about Christian governance again, we'd have to think about not stealing from people.

No, we must have democracy, the insidious drive of politics into every sphere, and exposure to godless judges, lawyers, and child protection people.

Let me give you a clue. You are going to fail. You are going to fail badly. You are going to hum your stupid tune, and make up pretty pictures in your head, and irrationally ascribe serious import to random events. You are going to say 'in the name of Jesus' while having no sense of Him or what He might want you to do.
A lot of Christian clergy and laity of the Apostolic Churches are stuck in the ancestral memory of the institution as advisor and counselor to Christian monarchs, evangelizing the pagans and distributing alms to the poor. But an Enlightenment, some major Revolutions and two World Wars later, it is the secular, demotist governments which enjoy power and prosperity the likes of which few monarchs could imagine, the Church settles Muslims in formerly Christian lands, and clergy are embarrassed to notice that the modern poor enjoy the pleasures of the Biblical rich.

Like August (Contra Niche), I get the feeling the handwringers really enjoy this theater, imagining themselves as St. Paul before Herod Agrippa.

I don't think that role is left to play any more. I'd ask whether the mission of the Church at this point is to obtain space for her flock to live a Christian life, like the Amish and Hasidim do for their membership.

4 comments:

Gyan said...

Ah, but the Church neither is, nor can be like Amish or Hasidim. Their options do not exist for the Church. The Church is inevitably in war with the World. It would be persecuted, not left alone like Amish, And who can say how long would Amish would be left alone?

The Anti-Gnostic said...

The option will exist for the Church once it becomes as small as the Amish or Hasidim.

Demographics can turn out oddly. Mormons used to be regarded as a kooky cult. But it turns out they were the ones having the babies, so now Mitt Romney can run a perfectly respectable presidential campaign.

The people who show up for the future are going to be pretty religious. There could be a bunch of sects nervously eye-balling each other before wisely deciding to stand down and go their separate ways.

Bert said...

The Church could easily support an army of married priests. They don't because they simply do not want to.

Trifon Kupanoff said...

Right on, AG. The mindset that produces Christian moral anxiety and handwringing has some similarities with the feminist complaint that reality just isn't fair.

It would be nice to see parishes full of people that choose to be real communities centered around a church, but it may turn out to be economic necessity that forces Fr. Peck's model into existence. And that might also force other models out of existence.