Thursday, November 7, 2013

#236 Labeling dissent as cynicism

Christian culture doesn't have a category for grief and anger over wrongs done in God's name. They see it all as cynicism.

Anger is messy and frightening to Christian culture. It puts you in close touch with your raw humanity and doubt. This makes an essential step of the grieving process, anger, a threat to those who don't know how to hold grief and sadness alongside possibility and mystery. They feel Jesus's tantrum in the temple was okay, but all other anger stemming from abuses by those in religious authority will be swiftly shamed.