Who Is Next Up For Extinction?

Who Is Next Up For Extinction?

Survival Of The Spiritually Fittest At The Lord’s Table

Isn’t Christian life all about “Survival Of The Spiritually Fittest”? Or, to say it another way, “Survival Of The Most Christlike”?

Christian conservatives and fundamentalists can’t say these things aloud. They sound too Darwinian. It would be hypocritical to uphold creationism in the physical world but evolutionism in the spiritual world.

Yet those who are the spiritually fittest should receive the bulk of whatever blessings God has to dispense in this world and everlasting life in Heaven, right? After all, aren’t spiritual resources limited just like physical resources? God can’t bless everyone, can He?

Those who are the least spiritually fit should have nothing but pain and heartache now and Hell’s torments forever. Otherwise what is anyone’s incentive to spiritually evolve? Someone has to be a “loser” so others can be “winners.” Jesus is all about helping people to become “winners,” right?

So isn’t free will our only tool for evolving from lower spiritual lifeforms to higher spiritual lifeforms?

Whoever looks most like Jesus is obviously the higher spiritual lifeform. Don’t people choose to look like Jesus? And if you don’t look like Jesus, obviously you choosing to stay crawling around in your spiritual swamp. So you need to make yourself more spiritually fit. There are thousands of Christian books and programs to help you evolve spiritual.

If you still don’t look like an “Insider,” obviously you’re not even trying.

To be a member of certain groups is to be “unevolved” where all things Christian are concerned. If you don’t fit the image the majority has decided best represents a “good Christian,” then there is something wrong with you. Extinction is in your future because you are an “Outsider.”

Homeless? Poor? LGBTQ? Unemployed? Alcoholic? Abused? Disabled? Tattooed? Pierced? ESL? Deaf? Addicted? Divorced? Never married? Never had children? Someone with something embarrassing to hide? All are potential “Outsiders” somewhere.

Yet as much as some “Insiders” may hate “Outsider” individuals, they need us.

If the Christian life is about getting to Heaven [1], doesn’t it help to be better than someone else? Doesn’t it help to be able to compare yourself to someone still trying to crawl out of the swamp? And doesn’t it help even more to grind their face into the mud with the heel of your boot to keep them there? Doesn’t a person look better in God’s eyes when there are irredeemable sinners for comparison?

But something in me says these statement can not be right as much as they seem to be the undercurrent of the world around me. Jesus can’t be all about devouring any person and any idea not fitting with the majority…can He? [2] That isn’t what He wants us to do, is it?

But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. (Galatians 5:15 KJV)

If Christian life truly is all about “Survival Of The Spiritually Fittest,” anyone who is an “Outsider” is next on the list to be devoured. Those of us who are steadfastly swimming to keep our place at the Lord’s Table, are increasingly being pushed away and out of churches. [3]

This can not be what Jesus desires.

He makes each of us “a new creation,” not “a new evolution.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) This new creation is “in Christ” (again 2 Corinthians 5:17) and can’t be seen outwardly because who we truly are is “hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3)

If you are looking for us, look there, “hidden with Christ in God.”

Who Is Next Up For Extinction?

Footnotes and other not necessarily important items…

[1] At this stage of my life, I’m more concerned about what happens daily, feeling connected to Jesus every day. While Jesus said He came to give us eternal life (John 3:16), it’s important to see how he defined eternal life as knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ whom He sent (John 17:3). Because of this, I want to focus on the present.

[2] It seems to me, the only people Jesus would have “devoured” were those who were in control and wanted to shut others out, those who made unreasonable rules and demands on others religiously and politically.

[3] I think it’s important to consider a time in the future when conservative fundamentalists may be the ones who are pushed away from the Lord’s Table. I don’t want that to happen either. The question seems to be, “How can we all come together as one?”

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