If Maga Christianity Is Christianity—I’m Not A Christian And Neither Is Jesus

June 28, 2021
Every day I get Christian family members and former church friends and total strangers, writing to let me know me they feel sorry for me, that they’re worried for my soul, that they’re praying for my immediate repentance, and to remind me that I’m not a “real Christian.”

That used to bother me.

Now, it encourages me.

Now I see that their “real Christianity” isn’t anything I want to be a part of anyway.

 If being a Christian means embracing a man who boasted that he could grab women by the genitalia, I’m out.

 If being a Christian means denying the votes of people of color or justifying their executions at traffic stops, I’ll pass.

 If being a Christian means nurturing mindless conspiracies and shunning safeguards and stoking hate crimes, I’m gonna opt out.

 If being a Christian means pretending a deadly terrorist attack on our Capitol was just a “group of tourists,” I denounce it as a my former religion. 

Emma Hart As Circe

June 27, 2021
George Romney
Photo © Tate 
CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)  
1782

Jesus Was On The Side Of The Poor And Exploited

June 27, 2021
I grew increasingly unable to reconcile this with a gospel that proclaimed itself “good news to the poor”. 

We’d turned a religion based on following the ultimately selfless One into an institution that validated selfishness as “blessing” and used any power it possessed to maintain its cultural and political ascendancy. Now, as in Jesus’ time, the political and religious elite collude to maintain the structural and economic inequalities that are of benefit to them. 

Jesus was overtly on the side of the poor, the excluded, the ignored, the disenfranchised and the exploited. He was on their side when it damaged his reputation, his earning potential and any hope he had of moving up the ranks of religious or political power. He was on their side when he drove out the price-manipulators and rent-seekers in the temple courts and he was on their side when it cost him his life. 

It would be hard to argue that Christians should support one party or another – to be unconditionally aligned no matter how their values and policies change over time.

However, I do believe we are called to be on the side of those who are marginalized and disadvantaged by a system designed to benefit those at the top. If we follow Jesus, we will stand with and for all who are left out, forgotten, abused and socially, economically and politically excluded – no matter the personal cost.

Study For ‘The Blind Girl’

June 26, 2021
Sir John Everett Millais
Photo © Tate 
CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)  
1854

Faces #7

June 25, 2021
Photo by Mile Modic on Unsplash

Good Day Sunshine

June 24, 2021
John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Kate Taylor
From the 2021 album Why Wait!
1966

Motion Sickness

June 23, 2021
I have emotional motion sickness
Somebody roll the windows down 
Phoebe Bridgers
From the album Stranger in the Alps
2017

A View Of The Thames With The York Buildings Water Tower

June 22, 2021

Self-Portrait

June 21, 2021
Gwen John
Photo © Tate 
CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)  
1902

Penny Lane

June 20, 2021
John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Elvis Costello at The White House for Barack Obama and Paul McCartney 
1967

Broad Gold

June 19, 2021
Broad gold, the evening heavens glow
The April air is cool and tender.
You should have come ten years ago
And yet in welcome I surrender.

Come here, sit closer to me and look
With eyes that twinkle, mouth that purses,
Into my little blue-bound book
That holds my awkward childish verses.

Forgive me that I long forsook
Joy's sunny paths, nor glanced toward any.
Forgive me those whom I mistook
For you, alas, they were too many.
Anna Akhmatova and Iris Dement
Performed by Iris Dement
From her album The Trackless Woods
2015

The Commitments

June 18, 2021
Director: Alan Parker
1991

Crossing The Frozen Suwa Lake In Shinano Province

June 17, 2021

Ellen Terry As Lady Macbeth

June 16, 2021
John Singer Sargent
Photo © Tate 
CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)  
1889

The New Yorker

June 15, 2021

Liverpool

June 14, 2021
Bob Humphrey
My Traveling Star
2019

Solar Power

June 13, 2021

The Annunciation

June 12, 2021
George Hitchcock
The Art Institute of Chicago 
1887

Everybody Knows

June 11, 2021
Stepping out, everyone can see my face
All the things I can't erase from my life
Everybody knows
Performed by The Jayhawks in 2018
2006

Everybody Knows

June 11, 2021
Natalie Maines, Gary Louris, Emily Robison, Martie Seidel
Performed by The Chicks
2006