The owner of this blog is a mainline Christian who has always lived and worked in the American South. During the 1960s, he was raised in The Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church in a small, conservative town. In the 1980s, he made the traditional and appropriate professions of faith in Jesus Christ as his sole Lord and Savior—and they were all knowledgeably, earnestly, honestly, and sincerely made—all with a clear understanding that he had tried to keep the Old Testament law in his own power and found it impossible to do no matter how hard he tried. This was followed by a full-immersion baptism in deep water. He was also a member of a highly conservative Southern Baptist Convention megachurch in another small southern town for about three years, which was way too long. Today he is still a highly sincere and committed follower of Jesus Christ, and he is a long-time member of The United Methodist Church. He is a married (36+ years) heterosexual family man who has been married only one time, and he has never cheated on his wife—not a single time in all of those years. However, he recognizes that he is neither a good man nor a righteous man because only God is good and righteous. He stands within the circle of sin on this Earth, as do all Christian and nonChristian men and women (1 john 1:8).
Our blog owner is by God-given nature and formal university training a gifted scholar in the realms of the social sciences and the humanities, which includes the realms of religion and faith. His gift of the Holy Spirit is the power of spiritual discernment. For the past 25 years, he has spent a substantial amount of his spare time studying Christian fundamentalism, conservative evangelicalism, and the so-called Religious Right in the United States. In addition, beginning with the famous Kansas State Board of Education Controversy (2004), moving on to the more famous Kitzmiller et al vs. Dover trial in Dover, Pennsylvania (2005), and then on to the Texas State Board of Education controversies (2006-2015), he has been a committed Christian Internet activist working hard against Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical attempts to take over government offices and institutions, in particular state/local school boards so they can censor or ban books; introduce pseudoscience and revisionist social studies into public school classrooms; and generally turn our public schools, their administrators, and their teachers into marionett puppets of Christian fundamentalism, conservative evangelicalism, and right wing extremist politics.
He is in agreement with numerous Christian scholars and ministers of the gospel who have been critical of Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism, including Keith Ward, John Dominic Crosson, Sam Charles Norton, Randall Balmer, Douglas Frank, and many others. After his many years of study, he has come to the current conclusion best expressed by S.C. Norton as follows:
More personally, though, I think what drives me is an anger, for it is the doctrines associated with fundamentalism, which I rejected as a teenager, that prevented me from understanding Christ, and from coming into that fullness of life which was God’s eternal intention for me. Knowing what I know now, and knowing “from the inside” how liberating Christianity is, I am enraged at the spiritual havoc and cost of fundamentalist ideology. I now see fundamentalism as a satanic ideology, a demonic possession: a cancer against which the Body [of Jesus Christ] must be eternally vigilant. Each instance must be excised and brought out into the light, thence to be cast out into the place where there is great wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Let us give St. Paul the last word, as he sums up what I am trying to say: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
The blog owner is not a representative or member of any extant political party in the United States and does not speak for any political party. He considers himself to be an Independent voter, and he agrees with a good Christian friend in Texas who believes that all Christians should be Independent voters rather than being formally tied to a political party, which runs the risk of having spiritual matters dictated to a believer by their political party rather than the Holy Spirit, one’s personal conscience, and a close personal analysis of issues and positions. He tends to be conservative on matters of foreign policy and progressive on matters of domestic social policy. The latter concern is driven by the Holy Bible’s clear and unequivocal call for all Christians to minister to “the least of these” who live among us in this life.
This required ministry to “the least of these” consists of far more than just “sharing the gospel message.” Many Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals believe they have no obligation of love to the “least of these” beyond simply sharing the gospel message of salvation by grace—then all done forever. This is usually expressed with the statement: “Why sharing the gospel is love. Better they starve to death now than burn forever in Hell,” as if this and this alone were the sole thing on the mind of Jesus. Moreover, when some fundie churches do extend physical aid to “the least of these,” the soup, bread, and medicine are often viewed as mere animal bait to lure starving, hurting, and sick people in for a fire and brimstone sermon. Contrary to fundie thinking (or lack of it), the Holy Bible has approximately 2,000 verses where God stands with the poor and oppressed who live among us here at home and around the world—and Jesus is not talking about standing beside them. Jesus makes it crystal clear in the Bible that He stands as “one of the poor,” so much so that if you fail to feed a starving person, you are simultaneously failing to feed the starving Jesus. Jesus is one in personal identity and solidarity with the “least of these” at all times. As British actor Terence Stamp might say: “Take a look at this—if you day-uh”:
Those 2000 verses command the Jewish people and Christians to lovingly meet their needs and stand up for them with a strong voice in public—and the Bible never specifies that government programs are the wrong way to serve their needs—because religion and government were one and the same among the Jews in Old Testament and New Testament times.
The Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog is not a political blog. It is primarily a Christian blog that sometimes touches on political matters—but only to the extent that the Christian faith and politics intersect—or crash into each other.