Don’t tell me you care about my soul – when it’s clear you don’t care about my body
What do Christian / Evangelical fundamentalists see as a distinctive key to their tradition or understanding of the Bible? Evangelize. Share the gospel. Speaking to others about Christ and salvation verbally.
Everything they do has that as their main objective and ulterior motive. When they talk about being “motivated by a goal”, that is what they are talking about. If the purpose or purpose of everything they do is not ultimately to share their testimony, it is not a laudable purpose or purpose. It may be “good” or it may be “necessary”, but that is not their primary purpose or purpose.
Is it biblical? Is this part of a healthy Christian theology? I do not think so. For every Bible verse that can be found about verbally sharing their faith in Christ with others, there are two or more (plus all of the Scriptures and the Christian record) that speak of goals and bigger goals. However, let’s leave that aside for now.
I have nothing against Christians or people of any religion (or atheists for that matter) sharing their faith and beliefs with others, as long as they do so in a peaceful, kind, thoughtful, respectful and legal manner. Plus, it would be nice if asked first, rather than being approached out of the blue or in a situation where there is no previous relationship. Aside from this caveat, again, I see nothing wrong, in principle, with people sharing their beliefs with each other.
However, I have a problem with this: please don’t tell me that you are worried about my soul, my eternal destination or what happens to me once I am no longer alive, if it is clear that you don’t care about my physical body and situation right now, in this present life. It is easy to care for a soul for eternity (much like it is easy to care for a fetus, but not a child in the world). It is much more difficult to care about a physical body, here, now, and right in front of us. I think I’m starting to see why caring for a soul is more appealing to fundamentalists / evangelicals.
Here are three areas where fundamentalists / evangelicals (and others) make this mistake:
The pandemic: Please don’t tell us you care about our souls, approaching us without a mask or unvaccinated. It tells us that you don’t care about our physical body or our well-being. It also tells us that you’ve probably relied on a lot of false information, lies, and conspiracy theories. Why should we trust you with the truth about our souls when it is clear that we cannot trust you with the truth about our physical body and our health?
Politics: Please don’t tell us you care about our souls, while supporting the political platforms and politicians who by what they have prioritized reveal they care very little about the poor, children , immigrants, prisoners, minorities, the LGBT community, women, or the weakest and most vulnerable people in our society. It tells us that you don’t care about the physical body of these people.in this life.
The staff : Please don’t tell us that you care about our souls while prioritizing your “personal” freedom or your freedom above and beyond the larger community you are a part of, with regard to physical bodies. It tells us that you don’t care about anyone other than yourself, in this life. Those who prioritize their ‘rights’ when it comes to gun laws, general vaccines / warrants, denying any service to the LGBT community, community resources at least of them, or who want to restrict the equal access or status before the law to those who are different from themselves, do not have a rational or ethical understanding of “liberty” or “liberty”.
Why should we trust you when it comes to our souls when it is clear that we cannot trust you to care about our bodies individually or those who make up our great community? If attention is not holistic, community-oriented, and present now, why should we listen to you in the future or in eternity – and a concern that has only a selfish mind (individual souls)?
Faith without works is dead
“… What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say that you have faith but that you have no works? Can Faith Save You? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to him, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill ”, and yet you do not provide for their bodily needs, what good is that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. -Jacques 2
The Judgment of Nations
“… Then he will say to those on his left: ‘You who are cursed, go far from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; because I was hungry and you did not give me to eat, I was thirsty and you did not give me anything to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not ‘gave no clothes, sick and in prison and you did not come see me.’ Then they will also answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and didn’t we take care of you?’ Then he will answer them: “Truly I say to you, as you did not do it to any of them, you did not do it to me. And these will go to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. ‘ “-Matthew 25
Notice what is missing from this list of things that these people did not do? Evangelism. Maybe they did that. Maybe they shared their testimony / faith with everyone they knew or met. If so, it didn’t save them. It was not noted. Maybe they had it all upside down.
Again, please don’t tell us you care about our souls and eternity (that’s easy), when it’s clear that you don’t care about our bodies, our lives. , our situation or the larger community—here and now.
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