I just read a thoughtful commentary at the BlackSun Journal about Jay Bakker, son of Jim and Tammy Bakker. If you’re around my age, you remember her mascara running down her face on your television from when you were a child.
The Okay, this guy’s got an interesting gig going on. He’s been getting a lot of press lately. He’s preaching the gospel and attempting to include all the people that have been told Jesus hates them. He’s been called part of the “liberal sect of Christianity.” His acceptance of homosexuality and willingness to talk about things like abortion have made him a target of the Fundamentalist Christian community.
While I commend Jay on trying to separate religion from politics in America, all he’s doing is re-interpreting the Bible. He’s deciding to read about the God that he thinks he needs to please and ignoring the parts of the religion that don’ fit with his lifestyle. He’s extending this mode of “Moderate Christianity,” wherein people aren’t dumb enough to buy into ALL of the bible. This is the most common form of Christianity, as most Christians will tell you they don’t believe:
Moderate Christians or “Liberal Christians” are the ones to say that maybe abortion can be okay in certain situations, whereas their Fundamentalist counterparts will not. The moderates might say that God’s cool with you if you’re gay. They’re somewhat reasonable when it comes to human rights. Yet these moderate Christians are fully willing to believe an invisible man in the sky knows if they are bad and if they don’t say they’re sorry he’s going to make them spend eternity in hell.
My argument to Jay Bakker is, why not start your own religion? You either believe in Christianity or you don’t. You can’t pick and choose what parts of the handbook you want to follow. Either admit that the Bible’s full of ridiculous antiquated stories, many of which are horrible horrible lessons for people growing up in today’s society, or write your own book that just includes the parts that make God look good.