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The Danger of Insularity in a Political World


It is easy to enclose ourselves in a state of insularity and fail to see the realities outside of our chosen “life-bubbles”.

Christians can be especially vulnerable.
Seeing the need to be separate from “the world” there can be a tendency towards naiveté regarding the societies in which we live. The effects of insularity for Christians can be further complicated by exposure to wayward bible teaching and pseudo-Christian political rhetoric. So often our views are coloured by ignorance and assumption, combined with an ill-informed, careless application of scripture. We can therefore make some very questionable judgements about both the church and the world, our objectivity being compromised by those previously mentioned influences.

The first time I recognised how insular my life and beliefs had become was when I first joined a Christian forum. I quickly became exposed to countless different and often contradictory theological beliefs I’d not previously known about. Until that time the churches I’d known had been very similar in what they’d taught and any differences were relatively minor.

Apart from my earlier ignorance regarding doctrinal disputes, I see there’s a similar ignorance regarding the world outside of our religious enclosures. This makes it easy for us to be led by “authority” figures who dress their message in familiar religious language, and stake their claim in “Christian” territory.TRUSTED

Believers are often swayed by questionable arguments if they are expressed with a religious veneer.
Certain terminology can add weight to what is said, dropping bible verses into an argument can effectively convince Christians of the legitimacy of a point of view.danny the liar

I recall many years ago when I was speaking to an atheist friend. He asked me why I had believed what another person had said. I replied that the other person was a Christian and therefore wouldn’t lie. I’ve since recognised the foolishness of that justification: that just because someone claims to be a Christian, and just because they quote the bible and use Christian terminology, it doesn’t mean that they are speaking the truth (even IF they themselves believe it to be the truth). The trust I had in Christian testimony was effectively a reversal of something Jesus said referring to false prophets: “You will know them by their fruits”.donald-trump-2-1024

Instead of judging SOMEONE by their fruit (as per scripture), I was effectively judging the fruit according to my preconceptions about that someone, basically applying the view that “He’s a good Christian, so what he says must be good”.

It is essential that we change that kind of attitude and start to make assessments according to the quality of the FRUIT: that is we should evaluate the acceptability of a teaching, a dogma, a planned action with reference to the teachings and example of Jesus.
Our responses should be informed by scripture (AS A WHOLE) and NOT by political creeds, especially those promoted by alleged Christian politicians who use religion as bait to attract the evangelical vote.

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In no way do I endorse any of the slogans (or the politicians associated with them) that are illustrated in this post. All three are associated with politicians or parties that have used “Christian” rhetoric as bait to attract Christian support.

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4 Responses to “The Danger of Insularity in a Political World”


  1. March 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Relevant to this post:

    Donald J. Trump took Georgia, where he campaigned aggressively. It’s one of six Southern states analysts expected him to dominate because of his success in appealing to evangelicals there

    (my emphasis – Tim)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/02/us/politics/super-tuesday-highlights.html?_r=0

  2. 2 wakarusaguy
    March 4, 2016 at 4:43 am

    This news-story was on National Public Radio this morning (one of the few American sources of fact-based journalism).

    http://www.npr.org/2016/03/03/469005685/evangelical-leaders-question-why-their-movement-supports-trump

  3. 3 Marleen
    March 15, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Believers are often swayed by questionable arguments if they are expressed with a religious veneer.
    Certain terminology can add weight to what is said, dropping bible verses into an argument can effectively convince Christians of the legitimacy of a point of view.

    Beyond proof texting with verses, I think Trump had someone look up the word “liberty” — followed by him sharing the result of that search (which did involve a verse address) in a speech to a bunch of college students so the rest of what he said to these young people (on things that had no connection) would seem acceptable to them. He doesn’t even need to have enough familiarity to pronounce the name of the Bible book/letter with any comprehension:

    So, “two Corinthisns” walk into a bar… or Liberty University.

    And the mentally or spiritually compromised leader endorses.

  4. 4 Marleen
    April 1, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Trump likes physical conflict at his rallies, and Republican voters who say seeing it at an event would affect their vote say it would increase likelihood of voting for Trump.
    http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_maddow_excitement_160314

    We’ve now come to the end of March, and Trump has raised the spectre of “riots” at or after the convention if he doesn’t get nominated. Since saying this, he’s been asked several times to discourage the idea of violence or riots. He dances around the words and doesn’t say he’s against rioting.

    There are rules for the Republican nomination, and the Republican party is not part of the government. It’s more of a private club (as is any of the parties). But Trump is complaining about the process.

    The link to a video above mainly shows the results of a poll as to the affect of anticipation of violence.
    But it also shows Trump enjoying interruptions in his rallies, interruptions to make a big deal of any protester.


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