You Can Take Your Wall And Your Conservative Evangelical Privilege, And Suck It

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Sadly, there’s a new (not so new) form of privilege in town, and no, it’s not white privilege. Much worse, it’s conservative Evangelical privilege, and it’s perhaps the most vile privilege of all.

Like a pubescent child spoiled from birth, it whines and moans with temper tantrums flailing against anything that threatens its self-centered world of specialized treatment and assumed authority and power. The Light that reveals the divine equality spun into all creation, and God’s special affection for the misfit and the marginalized, triggers its greatest meltdown. Deaf to the suffering and struggles of any soul that is different, their moated religious castles with crosses on top erode any capacity for true compassion, empathy, and enlightened perspective. For there is nothing more evil than a Christian who thinks Jesus is for them and against all others.    

I’m so sorry you’re being taken to task on the appropriateness of prayer in public schools, displaying the ten commandments in the public square, and denying rights and dignity to people who believe, value, and were created differently than you. I’m sorry people are jumping like rats off a sinking ship to leave your bigoted churches and institutions. I’m sorry you’re being challenged in the accuracy of your doctrine and the true heart of your faith understandings. I’m sorry your hypocrisy is being taken to task, along with your keen ability to create double standards that only benefit you, as if we can’t discern your sleight of hand and see through your religious gymnastics. I know, it’s so hard looking into the mirror and getting a taste of what it’s like to live downstream from your stench.

What was I thinking? It must be so tough being you.

It must be tough looking down your religious nose, condemning people who you deem to be sinning differently than you. It must be tough constantly needing an enemy to battle to justify the existence of your faith and give purpose to your self-righteous pursuits. It must be so difficult having to stomach all the stories of people who have become disillusioned and destroyed at the feet of your ideological callousness. It must be so inconvenient and bothersome to have to hear the voices of those you’ve oppressed, who in their desperation to be heard, speak in generalities, enraged tongues, and passionate protest. It must be so hard to live in a world where true religious and human equality is evermore emerging and you just can’t always have the sandbox to your greedy spoiled self.

Poor little conservative Evangelical, it must be so tough for you.

It must be so difficult to demonstrate a care and responsibility for the environment, the marginalized, and the least of these, instead of bulldozing your way through the world as you seek to commandeer it into your ideology. It must be so tough being called on the carpet for your Empire building and faith nationalization as you try to place your evil aspirations on the shoulders of Jesus who stands for none of it. It must be so awkward and weird to have the people you go on far way mission to save and rescue, actually show up at the doorstep of your country because they got this twisted idea, you might actually love them too.

It must be so tough to be so privileged.

To use the Bible as a weapon to explode your enemies. To decide who’s in and who’s out of hell and heaven. To force your way into all of society as you seek to hijack life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To sit in the comfort of your red velvet pews and judge the masses while you sing your songs of religious tribalism and spiritual orgasms. To admit you elected a child as the President, all because you fear the emergence of true equality and the dissolving of your white religious advantage. To spend your cash on building walls to protect your privileged white world of conservative Evangelicalism, even at the expense of human lives, basic ethics, and the Jesus whom you crucify once again.

It must be so tough to be so privileged.

Well, until I see you committing suicide at the hands of religious condemnation. Until I see your rights and humanity being stripped away and demonized beyond recognition. Until I see you lose your job, denied service, and beaten to death just because you breathe. Until I see you forced into compliance and lined up like sheep fit for slaughter–emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. Until I see you lynched on trees, housed in cages, and rationing your prescription medicines. Until I see you lying awake at night in excruciating fear for the life of your LGBTQIA teenager. Until I see you on the receiving end of a blatantly racist legal system. Until I see you condemned and sent to the curb through the rape and twisting of religious Scriptures. You can take all your whining and complaining and share it with someone who is actually listening. You can take your wall and make it into your own prison. You can take all your tone-policing and declarations I’m painting with too broad a brush and shove it. Because, it all sounds and smells like steaming fresh manure to me. Nothing less than your conservative Evangelical pretentious privilege.

No, don’t even take one step at complaining about the clarity, harshness, scope, or candor of my writing or that of any other until you send that conservative Evangelical privilege down the river.

For it all sounds and smells like crap to me.

In fact, with all due love and respect, you can take your conservative Evangelical privilege and everything that comes with it, and suck it.

Grace is brave. Be brave.

 

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30 Comments

  1. All I can think of when I hear about this wall is Berlin, Germany.

  2. Chris, I love this one. You’re angry, and anger is the only appropriate response to the Evangelical “Christians” who have taken over this nation.

  3. Rosemary Hagedorn

    January 8, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Amen.

  4. Lauren McMullen

    January 8, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    As a Christian, I feel your pain Chris because I am also upset by the Evangelical’s hold on this administration but I think you have gone too far with your condemnation. I remember that Jesus’ overturned the tables in the temple but I never remember him speaking like this…I thought your anger was on the right track when I first began to read your posts but now you seem to be eaten up with hostility and that serves no one. IMHO

    • ckratzer

      January 9, 2019 at 11:54 am

      Lauren, I respectfully disagree. If you read the article, my points go well beyond the scope of this administration. Thanks for your comment, and consider this…

      “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. [14] [b]

      15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.

      16 “Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.’ 17 You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? 18 You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.’ 19 You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And anyone who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. 22 And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it.

      23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

      25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

      27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

      29 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 30 And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!

      33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34 Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35 And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation.

    • ckratzer

      January 9, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      Oh, and by the way, Lauren, I challenge you to communicate your same desire for my words (and others like me) to be toned down to a parent of a Transgender child who just committed suicide at the hands of religiously fueled condemnation. Perhaps then, you will see the value and necessity of “hostility” for the sake of the least of these.

      • Indeed, well parried. There is a time for gentle admonishments – but this current situation in America is NOT one of them… shout them down angrily

    • It’s not “hostility,” it’s righteous anger.

  5. Again, right on, Brother!

  6. Now this is righteous anger.

  7. Amen, my brother! <3

  8. Dick Modderkolk

    January 9, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Like MarthaB I too detect anger. Where previously I would have described CK’s post as principled eloquence it seems to have taken a turn. I’m curious to see where this will go in the future.

    • ckratzer

      January 9, 2019 at 11:49 am

      Dick, first, what’s wrong with anger? Did not Jesus get angry and express so, with even more colorful words than I. Aren’t you angry at the oppression being wielded at the hands of significant segments of conservative Evangelicalism? If not, in my opinion, you should be. And perhaps a lack of anger is much more a part of the problem than the solution. Second, I don’t just write to communicate my own thoughts, but to be a voice of those religiously abused who have no voice, or the words, or the courage to truly speak. If you can’t stomach my anger or that of countless others, perhaps you are more of the subject of this article than you may realize. I hope not. That said, if your comment is indicative of the need to move on from my writing if I continue to write with a sense of anger, either my own or others, than by all means, feel free to move on. I’m not in the game of being editorialized and neutered by people who would Lord their personal preferences over me. Thanks for you comment.

      • Chris, I absolutely agree, righteous anger isn’t PC in this day and age and I think this is because it makes some feel uncomfortable, exposing them to truths they don’t want to have to think about. I think the fear of righteous anger is one of the tools used by the religious oppressors to oppress.

      • Lauren McMullen

        January 9, 2019 at 3:47 pm

        Hmmm… The purpose of a blog post, in my opinion, is to encourage conversation among all sides especially those who hold who might think differently than you in hopes that you can change their mind. This comment says you are certain that your perspective is the only correct perspective. “I’m not in the game of being editorialized and neutered by people who would Lord their personal preferences over me.” If you don’t want a respectful conversation I suggest you stop asking for replies. This is not a game and the word lord in this context has nothing to do with our Lord and Savior so why imply that it does. You do not convince people by attacking them. As you suggested it is also time for me to move along…

        • ckratzer

          January 9, 2019 at 8:45 pm

          Lauren, I don’t write for the primary purpose of changing minds, but more so to be a true voice for those who have none, or do not have the words or the courage to speak. None of my comments, as you suggest, communicate that I believe to hold the only correct perspective. That is your projection, not my words. One can object to being tone-policed (as I did) AND still be open to dialogue about content, facts, ideas, perspective etc (as I am).

      • Wow ckratzer, You swung and missed by a wide margin here! I did not say there was anything wrong with anger. Either in this case or in general. I did not even imply it. For the record I’m not angry, I’m used to the actions of evangelicals being beneath contempt. I can stomach it with great ease. I do not see any need to move on from reading your thoughts. I find them extremely interesting. I subscribed to your blog less than a year ago when I came to the astonishing conclusion (for me, an atheist) that I actually found a christian whose opinions I respect! If you feel that I tried to editorialise or neuter you, you have simply misread or misinterpreted what I wrote. It is possible you’ve shown anger in some of your other blogs before that I haven’t read. But for me this was a new development and, as stated, I’m curious where this will go.

        • ckratzer

          January 10, 2019 at 11:49 am

          Well Dick, my apologies for misreading your thoughts! Never intended to do that, for sure. I have found it so interesting, over the past 2 years since I have started to write, that one person can read my work and find it to be too harsh and filled with anger and then another person can experience it the opposite. As you might guess, I get a lot o people trying to tone police my work, often as a way of deflecting the truth and keeping it from making them feel uncomfortable. I find myself having little patience for people who try to tell other people how to protest, express themselves, and stand in the solidarity with the least of these, especially when people’s lives are in the balance. It wreaks of privilege and a lack of empathy, at least to me it does. Thanks so much for reading my work, and once again, sorry for the swing and a miss.

  9. Good read and great food for thought. So inspiring that someone in the Evangelical community who is well versed comes out and gives his honest opinion. A true breath of fresh freedom of religion. We have tried to separate church and state and yet we still pass the basket but not for taxes. Every religion has its good, bad, and ugly as nothing is perfect. Yet least we forget the Church of England changed the laws for Henry the VIII as so I felt that the Evangelicals did so for Trump. Thank you for taking the plunge for truth.

  10. The timing of your writing couldn’t have been any more poignant. For a little over a week now I have been embroiled in debate with my parents over their hijacked faith! This article, along with some Gospel study, gave me the answers amd support I needed to continue standing firm!

    Its time to use that Sword He gave us to cut off the Bad Fruit!!! Blessings!!!

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