Today, David Hayward did this fantastic cartoon showing how a huge percent of Christians still use their Bibles to this day. My comment below, shows how I agree with David and applaud his seeing behind this use of a scripture which he confessed to once having abuse in a similar way. Because of the long history of book-abuse and the Bible’s outdated messages (see my prev. post on using the Bible to support Government), I think it is critical for transforming Christians to take great care in the use of their Bibles and God-language. Many don’t even recognize how its terrible ugly anchors, due to millennium of horrible abuse, still resonate even when a they do not consciously intend such effects. Below is my message to David on his blog, to (perhaps unreasonably) push liberal Christians to take yet another step: to understanding words and how we cling to them and use them.
David, your creative genius never ceases to amaze me.
You capture so much in this cartoon — so much!
Thousands and thousands of years of Christianity are based on a book and the battle of verses. Thus, to call anything “Christianity” that forsakes that, is false to a great [infamous] tradition. I can understand fundamentalist mentality — so secure and so afraid.
And I understand liberal Christians’ frustrations: they realize the silliness behind scripture worship and exclusivism — but they still desire strongly to be called and recognized as “Christian”: with all the sense of belongingness, of history, Christian privilege, social status and perceived uprightness it affords. How I wish that those that see the Bible fortress could see their “Christian” fortress: their great attachment to the title “Christian”!