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Saturday, December 7, 2013
Purple State of Craig
Because the conversation continues….
There are so many embarrassing images of Jesus floating across the Internet. On my periodic searches for the most horrendous Jesus Junk, I discovered the ‘Big Butter’ sculpture of Touchdown Jesus along the Interstate in Ohio. Its kitchsy virtues have been celebrated in song.
So imagine my shock when an act of God melted the Big Butter this week. Lightning struck Jesus’ right hand, eventually consuming the entire Styrofoam structure. Only the barest, charred frame remains.
Comedians could construct plenty of punch lines about God’s judgment of such Jesus junk. Biblical warnings about fashioning idols may even be applied. Are such triumphalistic images of Jesus truly fading from the scene?
When we began the Purple State project, Jerry Falwell was still condemning gays and lesbians for 9/11, Pat Robertson hadn’t blamed Haiti for the earthquake, and James Dobson hadn’t retired. In other words, the architects of the religious right were still admiring their edifice. Obama’s presidential victory undermined their efforts, with Sarah Palin stepping into the void. How surprising to see decades of white male dominence replaced by the wonder of Wasilla! Newsweek’s Lisa Miller recently profiled Palin’s remarkable efforts to recast ‘feminism’ for conservative Christian women.
Historian James Davison Hunter has challenged the lust for power that animated so much of conservative Christians’ efforts. He laments the culture of resentment that has lined too many ministries’ pockets. How amazing to see Liberty University invite Glenn Beck to give their commencement address. By honoring the most outspoken Mormon in America, Liberty revealed how politics trumps their Christian convictions. Beck returned the favor by featuring Jerry Falwell, Jr. in some quid pro quo on his enormously popular show. Their subject? The evils of social justice. Hunter’s’ bracing new book, To Change the World, calls for a faithful presence rather than power plays.
Dan Harris at ABC News recently gave airtime to alternative voices, a new generation of evangelicals who name nuclear weapons, education and the environment as their top priorities. This more modulated form of faith may not make headlines. But they are committed to digging into their communities, leaning into creativity, rebuilding bridges that a previous generation burned.
Purple State is equally modest in its aspirations. Things got so ugly circa 2004, that the simple act of talking with ‘the enemy’ seemed subversive. Unfortunately, the rancor hasn’t subsided. Those on the losing side of the 2008 election have redoubled their efforts to divide America. Yet, at Purple State of Mind, we continue to find a genuine hunger for a different kind of conversation. We may disagree about the legislation, but we all agree that our economic and health care systems are broken. With crude oil still pumping into the gulf of Mexico, we all agree that our environment and beaches are worth preserving. As parents, we’ve moved from wanting to provide a brighter future to building any future for our kids.
Certain expressions of faith seem to be crumbling, consumed by their own anger. With the Big Butter Jesus brought down, can we create something far more beautiful in its place? Purple State of Mind is taking a break, recharging our batteries, gaining some perspective to roar into the fall.
May this changing of the cultural guard give us all an opportunity for new dreams and new visions.
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