Triumphalist Self-Affirming Theology: “God Is On My Side, So Screw Everyone Else!”

J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian

A lot of times I get this crazy table-flipping empowerment from Christian blogs and sermons that tell me “I’m above all this” and “You go accept yourself” and “Forget what anyone else thinks” and “They’re holding you back” and “Screw the haters!” — when underneath there’s an insidious hidden language that’s really saying, “You are God’s favorite and everyone else is just against you.”

This sort of bizarre, cult-like, categorical thinking always appeals to my flesh, and I fall for it.

I suppose I can understand it, because certainly there are a lot of haters and we’d be wise to filter out false voices.  But I think we’re often too scared to hear criticism, too lazy to discern what is right, and too prideful to consider when we’re wrong — so we toss out any “opposition” and continually affirm ourselves as the most important person in the room.  We use…

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2 responses to “Triumphalist Self-Affirming Theology: “God Is On My Side, So Screw Everyone Else!”

  1. Been there, done that, have several T-shirts and ball caps!
    (Oh – it goes nowhere good. I don’t recommend this avenue!)

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