I’ve been thinking about things we think but don’t say because we’re still afraid to challenge some parts of the status quo publically and out loud. By “we,” I mean people in general but especially those of us of a more progressive or even radical persuasion. I feel there is a certain amount of self-censorship among us because sometimes if we said what we really think, it might prove all of conservative’s worst fears about us. It may also be that we don’t feel like getting into a big annoying discussion that will really just go around in circles and would be easier to not have. Have you ever tried to explain your faith or politics to someone in your second or third language? It gets confused and difficult and it is easier to talk about the weather because that is what they taught us in high school language class. That is what it seems like to me.
Here’s an example
I don’t really “believe” in the Bible in the sense that more evangelical and/or fundamental Christians “believe” in the Bible. I’m not really into the personal Jesus my saviour/boyfriend, sanctified by the blood thing. I tend to be more into the Jesus the interesting and challenging human who taught us a lot about how to live. I’m not going to throw out scripture or the idea of Jesus as Christ but neither am I all tied up in either. By saying that outloud (or typing it), I imagine I have just committed some heresy of Christianity and Anabaptism or maybe I’ve just let the cat out of the bag.
My point is that I think that a lot of us progressive folk hold our tongues or pay lip service to the status quo because we don’t feel like getting into it. We are afraid that if we don’t throw a few christ/savior/lord references into things, we might get called unchristian. We don’t want to deal with having our religious and other beliefs challenged or challenging others because it can just get too complicated and annoying because we are speaking different languages.
So, here are the questions you should all respond to because I really like comments and check for them a couple times a day.
What are you thinking but not saying and why aren’t you saying it?
Is it just to avoid those annoying conversations? Do we convince ourselves that “we really do kind-of believe in the status quo in a way – right? We just understand it in different way and we are so progressive we won’t triffle over little things – right? it’s all the same…”