Over on the Book of Face, a friend posted this:
The irony being that it is loudest and most public and aggressive Christians who are cheering on the use of police and militarist violence in order to impose their fascist parody of the Faith, often on peaceful protesters. As when this godless antichrist teargassed innocent people so he could hold an upside down Bible he doesn’t read in front of a church he doesn’t attend to exploit a gospel he doesn’t believe and insult a God he doesn’t worship–all to the delight of Real Christians[TM].
A reader replied:
I, for one, can’t wait until every discussion about politics doesn’t begin and end with DJT.
That will be impossible as long as MAGA continue to present the gravest domestic threat to the United States since the Civil War–and all in the name of Jesus.
Another reader wrote:
To me, one of the hardest parts of this is how “my body my choice ” is used to support abortions which actually effects someone else’s body/ life but refuse to see how it applies when it is literally just that person’s body effected by that choice.
You get that we are talking about a highly communicable pandemic disease that will soon have killed more Americans than the Civil War in half the time and that it is therefore rubbish to say vaccination affects “just that person’s body”, right?
To which my friend replied:
I haven’t thought it through fully, so perhaps I shouldn’t say anything, but I’m starting to think that I reject both sides’ claims to “my body, my choice”. There’s no such thing as a private sin. Which is to say – I agree with both Mark and [the reader above], at least as to personal moral responsibility.
Here’s the thing: Those to whom much is given, much will be required. The servant who does not know his master’s will and does not do it will be beaten with few blows. The servant who knows his master’s will and does not do it will be beaten with many blows.
Expecting unbelievers to hold a view of abortion that is dependent on a Christian metaphysic is unreasonable. So “my body my choice” is intellectually consistent for people who do not hold that metaphysic.
Expecting Christians to abide by their own claims is not unreasonable. They are held to a higher standard since, as they say, “All lives matter”. Watching Christians use “my body my choice” in order to inflict sickness and death on people they claim they believe to be made in the image and likeness of God, but choose to harm out of MAGA culture war spite, is not merely unreasonable, but insane. And then, listening to them expect pro-choice people to somehow see in their insane selfish spite some kind of reason to embrace Christianity is downright hellish.
And that is the irony of the Chesterton quote, with which I agree. The trouble is that it is conservative Christians who have almost entirely given up on the power of the gospel to change hearts. They want a fascist empire of fear and MAGA power to crush their enemies and force a sort of whittled-down right wing sexual ethic on America. They seek an America where Donald Trump is free to grab ’em by the pussy, worship Mammon, hit his enemies back 10 times harder, sexually assault women and use the power of his office to silence and humiliate them, pay for the abortions of GOP mistresses, punish post-abortive women (with death if some GOP lawmakers got their way), put enormous economic pressure on poor women to abort, take no responsibility for that, and inflict vigilante punishments on the families of post-abortive women. They want a “moral” society based on exactly what St. Paul said could never make a person righteous: law, force, and fear.
It is only with respect to their own gods and idols–namely, Mammon, power, and guns–that the MAGA cult want to abolish the power of the state. Yet it is here, above all, that Paul tells us the state is appointed by God himself to insure the common good.
MAGA don’t actually care about the unborn. If they did, they would be working to attack demand, not increase and sharpen it. They only care about using the unborn as human shields for their real goals: protecting their own greed, violence, and lust. None of this is Christian. It is the worship of a false trinity of Mars, Mammon, and Venus, decorated with smells and bells.