Somebody sent me this link and invited comments on it.
I’m going to try to reign in the snark on this one:
Alcoholism is a serious problem.
People who are struggling with alcoholism (and no alcoholic is ever truly “cured” insofar as the desire to drink truly vanishes; if they’re lucky they’re in recovery) deserve help, support, and compassion (short of enabling, but that’s a different matter).
So I’m not going to rag
Jamie Morgan for
striving for sobriety.
More power to her.
But I am going to rag on her presentation, because frankly it’s hypocritical shaming at best and openly blasphemous at worst.
She’s listed 50 points but I’m not going to enumerate them here (that’s what the jump is for).
That’s a fond tactic of many in the demagogue persuasion:
Throw out a ton of spaghetti — who cares if it’s redundant and / or nonsensical — and try to bog your opponents down answering your trivial pursuit questions instead of addressing the real issue at hand.
Screw that noise,
I’m going to the source
of the contagion.
First off, let’s tackle this from a Christian perspective: She says Jesus is evil.
If the consumption of wine is in and of itself wrong, then Jesus sinned as he is cited as drinking wine in several verses in the Bible, not to mention John 2 where he turns water into wine for others to drink.
Which means, according to Ms Morgan, he wasn’t merely committing a sin himself but making it possible for, and encouraging others to sin as well!
So, it’s pretty clear from various points in the Bible that it’s not the consumption of alcohol that’s wrong, but the abuse of alcohol consumption.
So her central thesis is bogus,
nullifying all objections derived
Now, had she limited herself to “I shouldn’t drink alcohol and I wouldn’t recommend alcohol to anyone else” then I wouldn’t be posting this.
That’s a perfectly legitimate position to take.
But it’s the shaming aspect that is what’s wrong with her message.
Shaming is what passive aggressive Christians do to try to force their standards of behavior on others. Drunk shaming, drug shaming, slut shaming, divorce shaming, political shaming, everything except shaming shaming.
It’s one of the key reasons why people are turning their backs on organized Christianity in this country.
Shaming has nothing to do with love and concern and compassion for others.
It has everything to do with power and control and feeling superior to others by judging them.
So that’s why I’m calling shenanigans on Jamie Morgan’s message, not on her efforts to remain clean and sober.
God bless you, Ms Morgan, more power to you as you strive to avoid destructive harmful behavior…