People of faith don’t just ‘get over’ their faith

7 Nov

Here’s today’s COMMENT FROM AN OLD FART: Moi was walking to Westlake in Seattle from the reception at FareStart hosted by Rep. Eric Pettigrew. It was a dark fall night in Seattle. The election had been called and President Obama was elected to a second term. Moi was simply walking down the street. A well-dressed couple approached on the other side of the street. The middle-aged woman came up to moi and went “Whoa-Hoo, Barack Obama!”

Moi stared at her like she was crazy or tipsy or both. “Aren’t you excited?” She asked. “No,” said moi. Moi gave several reasons and ended with the fact that the healthcare mandate infringed on the First Amendment rights of certain religious groups. “You just have to get over that religious thing,” she said. “You don’t just get over that religious thing,” said moi. The couple got very angry and moi felt threatened. Keep in mind that moi is a “bus chick” and she takes the bus all over Seattle and has not felt as in danger as she felt with these two seemingly respectable members of society. Imagine the “audacity of hoping” a Black woman could possibly think for herself. Moi theorizes that the only people of color this couple thinks they know are The Help

Two definitions of faith relate to this particular incident:

1 a : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty

b (1) : fidelity to one’s promises (2) : sincerity of intentions

2 a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion

b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust

3 : something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs <the Protestant faith>                                                               

The concept of being steadfast in anything is probably alien to this couple, they are people of the moment.

Moi discussed the secularist view in The great cultural divide: Many of us will never be secularists:

There are many folks who simply just don’t get that there are many people of faith. This faith group is of a variety of religions and a variety of theologies. Some “liberal” strands of faith have no theology or interpret their theology in line with contemporary social thought. They see religion as part of a wider social movement. For this group, there are no fixed theological positions because the emphasis of their faith is “social justice” however that is defined. Many in this secularist religion group simply do not understand that many of faith have a fixed theological perspective on religion. They feel that theology does not change because the cultural context has changed. In this group there are eternal positions because they are very cognizant of an eternal life. Moi thought the many attempts to persuade her by providing lists of people who support a particular position were laughable. People who made the lists or who thought because this prominent person or that prominent person supported a position would make moi and many others jump on board were clueless. What they did not realize is that moi and others, to paraphrase the old Righteous Brothers song “believe in forever.” It doesn’t matter how many people, whether they are prominent or not believe something, that doesn’t change the theological perspective. Many of these proponents do not believe in the Bible, that it is a stupid little book that only morons follow. Moi suggests that these secularists spend some time digesting the book of Daniel. People of a non-secularist faith are not morons and really don’t want to be treated as such. So, the question is how do various groups operate in the society were all have to live.

As the character, Margo Channing said in All About Eve: Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night! .

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