Four things are shaping my perception conspicuously this week:
- My Orthodox Christianity.
- My Indiana roots and citizenship.
- My recidivism as a culture warrior.
- My 45+ years as a Western Christian
The first means that I’m exposed this Holy Week to a lot of intense scripture readings proper to the Passion of Christ and am aware that Orthodox Christianity is unlike the surrounding versions – which is more unmistakable this year since y’all have had Easter and I’m writing Great and Holy Friday.
The second means I’ve just been through dishonest excoriation by the nation’s power elites and by my own Hoosier media, which magnified and amplified the lies. I have reflected on that before and will publish more on the topic after Holy Week.
The third means I’m following, though I am declining to comment at length publicly, on signs of the astonishingly rapid advance of the desire to outlaw orthodox Christian expression in the public square insofar as it contradicts the sexual revolution. That basically means a total ban on expression of Christian sexual standards since there’s essentially no point on which Christianity countenances the sexual revolution. Whether something even worse than the ghetto follows is an open question.
The fourth means that I have a lingering reflex to sentimentalize the Passion of Christ – to try to pub myself in his sandals, so to speak. (This is not, as I understand it, a recommended Orthodox mindset. Quite the opposite.) Combined with the intense scripture readings, that’s really, really easy to do this week. The crowd adores Him/us on (Palm) Sunday. By Thursday, He/we are betrayed. The Principalities and Powers bring forth false witnesses against Him/us. The crowd goes into a frenzy against Him/us. They demand the release of Barabbas/Alfred Kinsey, the crucifixion of Him/us.
Poor, poor me!
That’s it for now. Since the sentimentalism is of dubious (or negative) spiritual value, I say it mostly to acknowledge, repent and purge.
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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)