Congratulations on surviving the weekend, but if you find yourself taking a bit too much pride in that singular accomplishment you probably fall into one of these three categories.
You’ve finally collected yourself off the bathroom floor, and are overjoyed that God took your vow of future abstinence as a reason not to kill you outright (as you clung to the commode for dear life). Good thing that God doesn’t seem to take that promise very seriously or the college death rates in the US would skyrocket. Don’t worry if you made that promise yourself last weekend. You’ve absolutely nothing to fear. Drink up.
You’re a murderous death row inmate who just got a stay of execution.
You are deeply religious, and therefore so scared of dying and going to Heaven you’re overjoyed with every extra day that your savior allows you to exist here in the Devil’s Playground (aka Earth, not just Las Vegas).
Keeping You Accountable
There are all kinds of things that “God” can be credited with keeping you accountable for and not just murder, inebriation or your secret desire to wear women’s lingerie.
It really doesn’t matter which God you pick from. One God may favor women in burlap, while another yearns for virgin sacrifice. Some Gods are really into cows, while others deify rats. The rules of accountability (morality), as outlined in many conflicting ancient texts, are themselves obtuse enough that internecine fractionalization of the major religions is geopolitically destabilizing. But this isn’t a post about politics, it’s a post about morality and what constitutes the bedrock we should be building our moral foundations upon.
Lottery in June, Corn be heavy soon
What God holds you personally accountable for varies according to your time and place in history. but since this is now in history, and my readership is mainly American, I’ll focus on Christianity. There’s little sense in deconstructing the lunacy of an Aztec priest ripping the heart out of a heavily drugged virgin for the greater good of society. Most of us are already pretty sure that form of faith doesn’t really keep the crops from failing, though the stigma of such belief is still apparent in our English literature.
What the hell is Christian morality these days? For folks who ground their moral lives around beliefs supposedly written in stone, the shifting sands of Christian morality are changing so rapidly it’s hard to keep them in focus for one lifetime, let alone a millennia.
Shotgun Jeebus – Hommie Don’t Play That.
It is nearly impossible to witness species emerge through physical evolution in the short span of a couple human lifetimes. It is equally impossible to miss the evolution of Christian morality over a similar timeframe. Not that long ago a good Christian man was one who properly cared for his slaves, and as recently as last week (in archaeological time) the gays were still being vilified and lambasted by our Christian society, whereas now they’re being wed by US Supreme Court justices. Next thing you know, Jeebus is going to be back to hitting the bong at the Seattle Hempfest like he was blazing it up back at Woodstock.
The Good Old Days
When I was a kid, God’s hippie son preached peace, forgiveness and charity to the poor. He was often photographed with an acoustic guitar slung over his shoulder, surrounded by braless, misshapen girls in tie-dyed sundresses.. Don’t act like he never even existed! If you’re over fifty you can’t deny it. That imaginary Jeebus got kicked to the side of the road long ago, in lieu of a more strident militaristic Onward Christian Soldier version. Today, there are high level Christians leading the charge to help the poor by starving them to death and they often get together to vainly pray that the worldwide violence they spread won’t end up right back on their doorstep.
The verdict is still out over which imaginary Jeebus will return to the throne in America. Will the rightwing militant Jeebus retain the throne or has his time passed? To make things more interesting, there is a growing movement to throw all the imaginary Jeebus’ into the dustbin of history and let them party with the many lost and abandoned Gods before them.
In the meantime, your so-called bedrock Christian morality had better be as flexible as a yoga masters spine because depending on which outlaw territory of America you happen to find yourself in, you’re going to be heavily dependent on currying favor with whatever local warlord happens to run your neighborhood. It pays to “open minded” and malleable to change in times like these.
Tomorrow: How in the name of Goodness will we ground our human morality without some form of imaginary Jeebus? Science can’t possibly project from “what is” to “what ought to be”, or can it?