Reality TV Star Jenna Duggar has an ax to grind against modern liberal Christians, and she recently took to Facebook to sharpen it in the sort of long-winded post that only a right-winger could make.
This sort of stuff makes me long for the days when Facebook had character limits on the posts. Just thank your lucky stars they can’t do this crap on Twitter yet.
In her rant, the 22-year-old said that “Whenever someone speaks out against something that God calls sin, ‘Don’t judge!’ can be heard coming from a thousand lips. People don’t like to have other people disapprove of the way they’re choosing to live their life.”
Gee, do you think? It’s almost like people can’t stand judgmental busybodies.
Like most right-wingers, she started nailing herself on the cross early in the rant. She said that it wasn’t going to “bring her any popularity,” but she couldn’t “hide the truth.” After all, she cared too much about her fans, and worried about “their eternal destiny.”
She continued, ranting about “seared” consciences and that “people are content to live on in lying, cursing, pride, anger, bitterness, disrespecting of parents, lust . . . and other sexual sins,” but “if anyone tries to confront them, their attitude and response is, ‘You live your life, I’ll live mine. Don’t you tell me what to do! Only God can judge me!’”
God’s “judgement,” you see, is something not to be taken lightly:
It should scare you! Man’s judgement is a 1000x lighter — usually just a voicing of disapproval. But when unbelieving, sinful men die and stand before God, He justly condemns them to hell
In perhaps one of the finest displays of projection that I’ve ever seen, Duggar proclaimed that self-described Christians would be going to hell:
The person speaking this is right — their god is not angry with them. He can’t be, because he doesn’t exist. They are not talking about the God of the Bible. They have created a god in their own mind to suit themselves.
According to Duggar, the Bible teaches that God must punish sin with eternal damnation, saying, “Every one of us have broken God’s law, and hell is our deserved punishment” and “God isn’t slacking to fulfill His promised Judgement on sin — it’s coming.” She warned that “[t]he only reason you’re are alive right now is because He is merciful and has kept your heart beating for another day.”
God could strike anyone down at anytime and give “final judgement,” she said, but she’s not worried because “I found hope in the Gospel — the ‘good news’ of Jesus Christ! I would still be lost today were it not for His grace!”
Her “theology,” like most right-wing interpretations of Christianity, reads like Manichean Gnosticism dumbed down to a level that someone who never graduated beyond The Cat in the Hat could understand. The right-wing Evangelical emphasis on “hidden knowledge” in the Bible, on “absolute truth,” on a black-and-white conflict, and on the evils of the flesh, are 100% in line with most forms of Gnosticism. The only difference is that they’ve elected to worship the Demiurge.
Fundamentalists place an inordinate amount of attention on the afterlife; the only religion I can think of that places as much emphasis on the hereafter as Right-wing Christianity is Ancient Egyptian paganism. Liberal Christianity, with its emphasis on fixing this world, and it’s reduced emphasis on the hereafter and God’s judgment, is not “heretical.” In fact, it’s closer to the traditional view taken by the monotheistic faiths than the neo-Gnostic heresies taught by the right-wingers.
Of course, this is all too complicated for Jenna Duggar and the rest of her crew, because it requires an actual understanding of theology, and accepting the uncertainty about God and faith that comes with it. And let’s face; it’s much more comforting to be 100% certain about everything. Just ask ISIS.
Read the rant below:
[h/t and photo credit RS]