Mere hours after the latest shootings of American citizens on American soil came the march of Christian memes:
Jesus can fix it.
We just need Jesus.
If the shooter(s) had Jesus they wouldn’t have done this.
If we let Jesus back in schools this wouldn’t keep happening. (You really think He left? The Jesus I follow is a political subversive… a few weak rules wouldn’t keep Him out of our schools.)
And so on.
These pithy memes line up in tidy order alongside the memes that say if you just prayed more/better you’d be healed, and that if you just had “more of Jesus” you wouldn’t have anxiety. (I drank His blood and ate His body this morning at church, how much more do I need? His liver? Spleen? Thyroid? I thought “body” was all-inclusive.)
All that goes together neatly with the ideology that if you were perfect you’d be prosperous, and if you had no “unrepented sin” in your life, that terrible thing wouldn’t have happened to you or to your family, and if you were really a believer and had your faith life together you wouldn’t have been diagnosed with that incurable illness, or had a loved one die unexpectedly, or watched a marriage dissolve, or lost a house or business to foreclosure, or… (fill in the blank).
That ideology is BS. Like communism, it looks great on paper, but it doesn’t work in reality. (It works for the people at the top, but the proletariat suffers.)
I’m really tired of people trying to use God and/or Jesus as a quick fix solution to the woes of the world.
You can have Jesus in your heart and still have anxiety. (And He still loves you. Your religious friends might be irritated by your “lack of faith”, but Jesus loves you anyway.)
You can have Jesus in your heart and still be broke, sick, unhappy and traumatized. (Jesus doesn’t expect you to put on a happy face and “get better.” He sits with you in your funk and loves you.)
You can have Jesus in your heart and still be mentally ill, deluded by propaganda, and subject to deception. (Jesus isn’t a cure-all for gullibility or ignorance, obviously.)
Saying we need to “put God back in schools” is declaring that God is limited to acting on a few recited words and that the enforced recitation of those words will change the hearts of children who obviously have bigger issues than worrying about getting good grades. (That’s magical thinking at its best, folks.)
Jesus set a wonderful example to follow: love your neighbor, love yourself, love God.
It’s remarkably simple.