Jay Bakker (pronounced Baker?)

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.
Jay Bakker is PISSED in this photo.
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:

  • Slavery is acceptable.
  • You should kill your child if he strikes you.
  • If you work on Sunday, you should be put to death.
  • there are many more of these, but let’s be honest, you’ve heard it before.
  • 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.


    4 Responses to Jay Bakker (pronounced Baker?)

    1. storbakken says:

      I just visited this man’s church in Brooklyn. Refreshing to be able to have a beer and listen to the Word.

    2. D says:

      You need to brush up on your Jay Bakker info…….You’ve got him all wrong.

    3. Michael Kent says:

      Please enlighten us, D. In what way do I have him all wrong?

    4. Erik says:

      “You either believe in Christianity or you don’t. You can’t pick and choose what parts of the handbook you want to follow.”

      You sound very sure of what ‘Christianity’ is! What I find interesting that there are millions of Christians who don’t believe the exact same thing, never mind there being hundreds of dogmatic churches that profess to be Christian. How can that be? The fallacious assumption of one, ONE ‘true Church’ wherein its dogma is the truth and all other Church’s dogmas are lies.

      As for picking what you follow, that is exactly what people do. The only people who support the notion that one must adopt all parts of a book as dogma are called fundamentalists. The vast majority of Christians do not consider themselves fundamentalists, however. Either they are not “Christian,” or you need to challenge yourself a bit more on this statement because I don’t think your argument is very meaningful as a criticism of only those who are not fundamentalists.

      Speaking of the Bible, you realize that it is composed of various texts, committed to paper only after being passed down through oral traditions, from language to language, over various cultures and religious traditions, right? Oh, and it was composed by people and not God herself, right? I ultimately think readers of any text, especially religious texts, need to challenge stories, parables, commandments, etc. with their own hearts for ‘truth.’

      Ultimately, spiritually is highly, highly individual and one’s path to God or not to God is a personal journey, even if a religious community makes it seem like it’s not sometimes. That could mean to a fundamentalist that every person’s spiritual path is a religion; if that’s the case, your request for Mr. Bakker to start his own religion is both already started and completely (?) meaningless.

      My background is general Protestant, then atheist, then agnostic (but theistic), then gnostic Christian, then agnostic humanist. I’m now a Unitarian Universalist who lovingly worships with theists and atheists alike, serving my community, family, self the best I can.

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