Uncommon Sense

June 29, 2022

The Toxicity of the Concept of a Chosen People

Filed under: Race,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 10:59 am
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Recently we have seen pushback on the Black Lives Matter movement, typically by using another meme “All Lives Matter.” It is funny but all of us have some desire for exclusivity, no matter what we claim. In this country underlying all such discussions is the religious idea of there being a “chosen people.” These people have been chosen, by their god they claim, for special treatment because they are “special” some how.

If you are old, like me, you might remember a pop song called, The In Crowd. Here are excerpts from the lyrics:

I’m in with the in crowd
I go where the in crowd goes
I’m in with the in crowd
And I know what the in crowd knows

Any time of the year, don’t you hear?
Dressin’ fine, makin’ time
We breeze up and down the street
We get respect from the people we meet
They make way day or night
They know the in crowd is out of sight

. . .

At a spot where the beat’s really hot
Oh, if it’s square, we ain’t there
We make every minute count
Our share is always the biggest amount
Other guys imitate us
But the original’s still the greatest

. . .

We got our own way of walkin’
We got our own way of talkin’, yeah.

This was written for a high school crowd, I am sure, in which socially evolving young people desperately wanted to be accepted, especially by those who seemed “the coolest.” In high school we invented words that were exclusively ours (ours were words like cool, bitchin’, and boss . . . We got our own way of talkin’, yeah) There was no sense to being “special” if nobody else noticed.

In the U.S. Christianity has broken up into thousands of denominations, each one claiming to be different from the others and, of course “special.” And they exclude. They exclude people who they don’t want to be special like them. Maybe those they exclude are Catholics, or LGBQT people, or . . . ugh . . . Democrats! You can’t be exclusive, without excluding “others.” Of course, we tend to demonize those “others.” Ask any evangelical Christian about atheists, it is unlikely they have never met one, and they will nonetheless have a strong negative opinion. Their religion claims that to be moral you have to believe in their god, their way, and so atheists are automatically immoral and not to be trusted. Exclusion you see.

But in the vein of “All Lives Matter” are we not all “God’s Children?” If we are all god’s children, why did the Abrahamic god “choose” a single people out for special treatment? Why exclude the rest?

Is there any more evident reason to believe that those scriptures were written by men, for men than that? Why would an all–loving god, create a race of sentient animals, and then just select out a small subgroup to educate and ignore (or worse, condemn) the rest?

Divinely inspired scripture, my ass. The word of god, my ass. Rather the Word of Man; scripture inspired by “The In Crowd.”

3 Comments »

  1. Okay, now you did it, you reactivated my Jesus and Mo addiction. I thought I had it beat months ago, went through rehab, and after a steady diet of humorless Garfield collections I thought I was cured. But no, I just spent half an hour wading through J&M. Sigh… Shame on you.

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — June 29, 2022 @ 10:40 pm | Reply

    • I am on the list of people who support J&M monetarily, so I have to promote them some, no?

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 30, 2022 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  2. Have just been commenting on Quora with a Christian who does not believe any Christians take the Bible literally or that any still believe the world is flat. These foolish people obviously think they are special and exclusive. No two Christians are alike apart from their belief in the fat elephant

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    Comment by sklyjd — June 29, 2022 @ 11:01 pm | Reply


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