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Trump, Fundamentalist Christians, and Exclusion.

Trump’s emphasis of immigration is really resonating with his base.  Of course!  His base really likes the idea of purging the American soul of “impurity”, not realizing that the real “impurity” lies within its own soul.  The is the garden-variety projection that Carl Jung told us about.  What we can’t accept within, we immediately see without and then demonize it and insist that it be eradicated…or at least “deported.”

And it is no accident that fundamentalist Christians have answered the bell to Trump’s clarion call for purity.  They thrive on the “letter of the law” even though they fail to regard their enthrallment with this spiritual malady which the Apostle Paul said ultimately kills.  They live in a world of categories, the base of which is “us” vs. “them” and wake up each day of their life and decide who is going to be banished into the ever broadening category of “them.”  They fail to grasp the teaching of Jesus that “ye shall be judged as ye judge”…my paraphrasing!  To the degree that we need to exclude, that we need to deny inclusion to the fallen and the broken, the outsider, Jesus was telling us that we will be excluded.  To be more precise, he was telling us that in our unwillingness to “include” we are demonstrating our own internal self-imposed torture of “exclusion” from the infinite Grace of God.  This is hell.

Anthropologist Mary Douglas wrote a seminal book entitled, “Purity and Danger.”  In this book Douglas noted how that in primitive tribes the greater the sense of “impurity” the greater the need to purge itself of the “impurity.”  This is a very primitive level of emotional/spiritual development.

 

ADDENDUM—This is one of three blogs that I now have up and running.  Please check the other two out sometime.  The three are: 

https://wordpress.com/stats/day/literarylew.wordpress.com

https://wordpress.com/posts/anerrantbaptistpreacher.wordpress.com

https://wordpress.com/posts/theonlytruthinpolitics.wordpress.com

 

Check out this blog which features a similar theme of a “recovering” fundamentalist Christian:  https://nickelboygraphics.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/its-not-all-up-to-god/

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Hatred of the “Other” in Religion

Dave Chappelle offered a comedy skit years ago which is the best illustration of the lack of “self” awareness.  He portrays a black man who is a white supremacist who has been kept from awareness of this “problem” by a KKK hood for decades.  But when the hood comes off, and he has to admit that he is a “n…..r”, he still cannot lay aside his racism.  (See hilarious clip at end.)

Disregard, hatred, and contempt of “the other” is deep-seated.  It reveals itself in so many dimensions of life, usually without notice unless one has a very astutely discriminating eye.  For example, I have become very aware how that in my spiritual tradition the insistence of drawing the distinction between “Christian” and “unchristian” is often just an effort to maintain the unconscious “us vs them” paradigm.

Sometimes I like to parody this phenomena with the following spiel:  “I just hate people who are intolerant.  I want to line ‘em up and shoot ‘em!  I wanta humiliate them and then kill em!”  This is relevant to present day with people who have an inordinate emphasis of setting boundaries with immigrants, wanting to deport them when at times it goes beyond the pale of basic human decency.  Certainly immigration laws, boundaries, need to be present and need to be enforced.  But it appears to be that the immigration issue has taken on a larger-than-life emphasis, has become a “cause celebre,” allowing people to vent their existential “us vs them” venom to be focused on this one issue.  And, “us vs them” is an essential dimension of identity.  But when one’s core identity is tenuous to begin with, he/she cannot tolerate the ambiguity of reality to recognize that the distinction between “us/them,” or “me/thee” is often not as clear as we would like to think.

This is a spiritual issue.  But Protestant Christianity has emphasized “us vs them”, i.e. “saved vs unsaved” and failed to realize the inclusiveness/forgiveness that Christ brought into the world.  This is best illustrated when Jesus chose not to stone the Samaritan prostitute at Jacob’s well, which the “Republicans” of the day were encouraging, instead telling her to “go and sin no more.”

Dave Chappelle clip:  — http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3a3f0f