Christian Insecurity is the Real Driving Force Behind Republican Attempts to Force their Religion on Others

143495206WM015_Paul_Ryan_GiI’m a Christian, but I’ve never understood this obsession with people trying to “convert” others to their faith.  Sure, if someone decides to ask me a few questions about my faith and what I believe, I’ll gladly tell them.  But I don’t pretend to stand on some pulpit of righteousness and talk at people about my faith.

This country isn’t facing a shortage of churches.  If someone is curious about a particular faith, they should have no problem personally seeking out places (or even using the Internet) to find out if that particular faith interests them.

Which is why I guess I’ve never understood this right-wing obsession with injecting their warped view of “Christianity” (I call it Republicanity) into everything.  Granted, I get why politicians do it.  Religion is a great way to manipulate people.  But why do these people care so much about it in the first place?

Take homosexuality for instance.  Why do Republicans care so much about who’s married and who isn’t?  The moment we allowed a Justice of the Peace to preside over weddings, and divorces to be handed out like Pez, all religious context of “marriage” was thrown right out the window.  If your church doesn’t want to marry gay couples, fine — they don’t have to.  That’s the great thing about freedom, but it’s also the part of freedom these people don’t understand.

In their minds, giving homosexuals the freedom to marry somehow infringes on their freedom to try to deny them their right to marry.  Basically, it removes their right to be hateful, ignorant bigots — that’s it.

Their church doesn’t have to marry them.  They don’t have to agree with it.  But guess what?  If you don’t like same-sex marriage, then don’t marry someone of the same sex.  Seems pretty simple, right?

Abortion is another issue that gets conservatives all worked up.  Look, no one likes abortion.  I’m pro-choice but I’m not a fan of abortion.  I am, however, a supporter of giving women the right to choose what it is they want to do with their own body.  Would God agree with abortion?  I sure as heck don’t know.  But guess what?  Neither do Republicans.  There’s not a single person on this planet with a direct link to God, getting play-by-play analysis of what is and isn’t right.

And don’t dare quote the Bible to me.  Unless you’re going to follow everything the Bible says (I hope you’re not a fan of shellfish or wearing blended fabric) then don’t hand pick specific parts you want to force on people.

If abortion is truly “murder” as these right-wing “Christians” claim that it is, that’s between those who have had abortions and God—not them.  They are nobodies.

I think it’s a pretty simple rule: Let people live their own lives, help them if they seek help, and if there’s judgement to be made by God, let God make it.

Besides, these people seem to fail to understand that there are millions of people who don’t believe in God at all.  And as a Christian, I’m fine with that.  I’ve found that when I speak with atheists and people from other religions, we all tend to kind of believe very similar things.  What we call it, or how we see things, is obviously different.  But there’s still a fundamental base there that most of us agree with.  Life is awesome and none of us can truly pinpoint exactly how we got here or how it all started.

I always enjoy talking with my Muslim friends to find out about their religion.  Christians and Muslims are so similar, it makes me laugh at how there’s this huge “conflict” between them.  The real problem is that both Christianity and Islam have been corrupted by radicals that want to use the religion as some kind of tool for power to control millions (or billions) for some selfish objective.

But I just don’t get why so many people in this country feel the need to tell others what they should or shouldn’t believe.  As if me being a Christian has any impact on my neighbors or people I deal with on a day to day basis.  I have gay friends, straight friends, friends who’ve had abortions, Muslim friends, Jewish friends, Buddhist friends — never once has any of the adjectives I used to describe what kind of “friends” they are ever had an impact on my life.

The real irony lies in the fact that often those who are most adamant about wanting to force their religion onto others are usually the biggest hypocrites when it comes to actually following their own beliefs.

Republican “Christians” are famous for this.  It’s why I really don’t consider many of them to actually be Christians.  To me, a Christian is defined as someone who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ.  This is something the GOP damn sure doesn’t do and many conservative voters neglect to follow as well.

They’re hateful, greedy, judgement, paranoid, fearful, angry, violent — all in the name of Jesus Christ?  Really?

How does that even make sense considering he lived a life based on values completely contradictory to those of many conservatives?

If anything Jesus warned against people who want to push their religion on you.  He spoke against people who spoke of God yet deep down did so for their own selfish ambitions and beliefs.  I just don’t get why so many people feel the need to try to force their religion on other people.  Especially a religion like Christianity that many of its own followers can’t agree on.

Which is why, as a Christian, I accept people for who they are; I try not to judge people I don’t know; I try to help those who need help and try to defend those who can’t defend themselves.  You know, kind of like what Jesus actually taught.

And if people disagree with me, that’s fine, that’s their right to do so.  I’m confident enough in who I am, and in my own faith, that I don’t suffer from insecurity about my faith that some suffer from which seems to force them to push their unsolicited views on others.

But the answer to that question is actually pretty simple.  It’s the insecurity these people have within themselves about their own faith that’s pushing them to try to force their beliefs on others.  It’s what they do to validate themselves, their flaws and their weaknesses by trying to convince themselves other people are the problem — not them.  They need to “save” others, when in fact they’re the ones who need saving.

Because at the end of the day, if you’re confident in yourself and what you believe, what the hell does it really matter who or what someone else believes in?

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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