Friendly reminder, in this time of evangelical Christianity dominating popular conceptions around what it means to follow Jesus —

The actual “end of days” that the Bible talks about is not about violence and mayhem, but peace with justice.

I have some receipts, fwiw.
Revelation, that Biblical book over which fundamentalist Christians love to (piously) orgasm, lays it out:

“See, the home of God is among mortals…death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more” (Rev. 21:3-4).
The prophet Isaiah sketches out a vision of a “peaceable kingdom” at the end of days:

“The wolf shall live with the lamb…” (Isa. 11:6)
Isaiah isn’t done:

“[The people] shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks” (Isa. 2:4).
We don’t hear about these verses, because they don’t fit into evangelicalism’s freaky obsession with Rapture theology (not in the Bible).
What we’re seeing right now with the blindingly idiotic move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem is just the latest in the extreme evangelical enamor with a violent end to this world.
Hal Lindsey’s #TheLateGreatPlanetEarth is basically the bible to this way of thinking, and it was published in 1970.,…
Since then, we’ve heard that the end of the world is being evidenced by things like hurricanes (#Katrina was because of gay people and Mardi Gras, according to evangelical leaders).
If you want to see the kind of Biblical gymnastics and theological fuckery that accompanies this worldview, I give you exhibit A, RE: the United Nations, Barack Obama, and an insane reading of Revelation:…
This understanding sees any and all violence in the Holy Land (mostly when it involves dead Palestinians, not so much dead Israelis) as signs that the end is near, that Jesus will come back, that the “elect” will be “raptured.”
But if you ACTUALLY READ THE GODDAMNED BIBLE, you see that the arc of this collection of 66+ books is towards a peaceable kingdom, a new heaven and new earth, an illustration of justice.
Dr. King’s “arc of the moral universe” is more steeped in biblical imagery than rapture and apocalyptic fervor will ever be.
Now evangelical leaders finally have the ear of our bigoted, bloviated president — and one of their own in our creepy #HandmaidsTale VP.
All of this to say: the current evangelical freakout in Jerusalem over this idiotic move of the U.S. embassy isn’t rooted in the Bible they so profess to love and read every waking moment of every blessed day.
They have no clue about the deep, prophetic urge in the Bible towards real, collective justice.

Theirs is a Bible of a white, republican, American Jesus, and it is a golden calf of the highest order.

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Sep 28, 2018
I’d like to take a moment to quote from that liberal, left-leaning, socialist manifesto that evangelicals can’t actually stand: the Bible.
Jesus was telling them a parable about their need to pray continuously and not to be discouraged.

He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected people…"
“In that city, there was a widow who kept coming to him, asking, ‘Give me justice in this case against my adversary.’
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Aug 22, 2018
The Holy Bible is made of 66+ books written by different communities with different agendas for different purposes.

It has never said just one thing. What matters is the lens you bring to it. (And we all have a lens — *especially* the people who swear they don’t.)
I get hit for focusing on some things at the exclusion of others.

No shit, Sherlock. It’s utterly impossible to not do that.
But at least I focus on narrative arcs and overall themes in the Bible.

You wanna obsess over John 3:16 and John 14:6 and John 19:11 (for the anti-Semitic Christian) — see a pattern there? — go ahead. But those are single verses plucked for a purpose.
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Jul 23, 2018

This hateful anti-gay rhetoric is shouted in #Philadelphia (1993), starring those giants in their field, Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.

I saw it in the theaters when I was 10. I’ll never forget that line.
Of course, similar rhetoric, cleverly rhymed or not, remains today in anti-LGBTQ+ Christian hit pieces.

It comes down to Genesis, they often say. Adam and Eve, man and woman. That’s how it was meant to be.
They normally don’t go much farther than that. Biblical literalists rarely do.

If they wanted to take the first story of creation, from Genesis 1, there are no names in it at all.
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Mar 30, 2018
And they brought Jesus to Golgotha, which means, “the place of the skull.”

And they shot him. 20 times.

The inscription of the charge against him read, “This…is a black man who dared to live in white America.”
With him they killed two other “terrorists,” dropping their bodies on his right, and his left.

They left him in the street for hours, taking bets on when someone would notice.
Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “You snowflake! You who said, ‘I am unarmed, I pose no threat.’ Pathetic! Raise yourself up from the dead if you’re so fucking special.”
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Mar 11, 2018
16th-century German monk Martin Luther called the tendency to cowardly obfuscate the true meaning of things (instead of naming evil as evil) a "theology of glory."
The right wing in this country regularly worship at the altar of this kind of God-talk (and not just evangelicals). They cannot stand to call a thing what it is.
When the current president was elected, it most certainly wasn't white identity politics and racism that propelled him, it was "economic anxiety."
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Jan 24, 2018
I just cannot with this continued evangelical misreading of the Bible when it comes to Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19).

First off, read the story itself. The whole thing. Then tell me what the “sin of Sodom” is. Point to the verse that names it.

Turns out you gotta go to Ezekiel to see what the sin is. “…she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease…but didn’t aid the poor and needy” (16:49).
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