It’s hard out there for conservative evangelicals
September 29, 2016 5 Comments
Interesting piece in the NYT profiling religious conservatives in Iowa. I do have some sympathy, as the ground really has shifted amazingly fast under their feet:
The change in America seemed to happen so quickly that it felt like whiplash, the Odgaards said. One day they felt comfortably situated in the American majority, as Christians with shared beliefs in God, family and the Bible. They had never even imagined that two people of the same sex could marry.
Overnight, it seemed, they discovered that even in small-town Iowa they were outnumbered, isolated and unpopular. Everyone they knew seemed to have a gay relative or friend. Mr. Odgaard’s daughter from his first marriage disavowed her father’s actions on Facebook, and his gay second cousin will not speak to him. Even their own Mennonite congregation put out a statement saying that while their denomination opposes gay marriage, “not every congregation” or Mennonite does. Mrs. Odgaard, 64, the daughter of a Mennonite minister, was devastated.
“It all flipped, so fast,” said Mr. Odgaard, a patrician 70-year-old who favors khakis and boat shoes. “Suddenly, we were in the minority. That was kind of a scary feeling. It makes you wonder where the Christians went.”
Of course, there’s still plenty of Christians (though the number is declining). Most of them are just more tolerant. But, I can certainly see how it would be disorienting. That said, stuff like this (although a paraphrase rather than a quote, just kills me):
While other Americans are anxious about the economy, jobs and terrorism, conservative Christians say they fear for the nation’s very soul. Some worry that the nation has strayed so far that God’s punishment is imminent.
Give me a break? How about how a nation treats it’s poor, disadvantaged, and prisoners instead of how it treats it’s gay people??!! I seem to recall the Jesus saying just a wee bit more about the former. Have these people actually read the Gospels? You know who treats the poor, disadvantaged, and prisoners really well? Scandinavians. And hardly any of them are actually practicing Christians. And God has not exactly wreaked vengeance upon Denmark. Please, spare me your concern for “the nation’s soul.”