This is a facetious head line, and I have a tinge of guilt as human misery is nothing to be facetious about. I use this to illustrate an interpretive framework that still echoes in the depths of my heart somewhere even though here I use it to illustrate how silly and how dark these words sound. Yes, Texas is the heart of a lot of “stuff” that I see as very dark, and yes this same interpretive framework is used by its political and religious leaders too often when groups they dislike are facing misfortune, but I “sure as hell” don’t think God is punishing them with this awful tragedy. Anyone who sees it that way belies a very small mind and a very dark heart of their own. And to credit God with such a petty, vengeful spirit is insulting to say the least and reflects a belief in a God that I don’t believe in. Furthermore, it is more revealing about the heart from which it flows than about God.
With this vein of thought that I am critiquing here I see so clearly why there are atheists and why conservative Christians are often so reviled. This hateful and punitive view of God reflects abysmal ugliness which often finds expression in all religious groups despite how pious and righteous they might purport to be. The impulse toward the Holy, i.e. “God” in this instance is a very noble impulse but the impulse is an infantile, crude groping of the heart that needs to be refined with the Grace that maturity can bring. Often we never get beyond the infantile, egoic dimension of human experience in any of our life and when that happens the “beastly” part of “the heart has its beastly little treasures” will predominate.
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