Brothers shall fight | and fell each other,
And sisters’ sons | shall kinship stain;
Hard is it on earth, | with mighty whoredom;
Axe-time, sword-time, | shields are sundered,
Wind-time, wolf-time, | ere the world falls;
Nor ever shall men | each other spare. – Voluspa 45
As I’ve stated many times on this blog, I’m on a quest to unite all religious faiths who stand for Liberty and Freedom in the United States of America and who believe fervently in American Exceptionalism. First, I have to attempt to establish communications and understanding between those of us who are Conservative/Libertarian Pagans and Conservative Christians. It makes sense considering Christianity is the majority faith in America and has much to do with the foundation of our country regardless of what many people tend to believe. However, I am not without my fears. My fear tends to be summed up by the above quote from our holy text the Voluspa. I think anyone of any faith can see the quote above happening today in our society.
Pagans practice a false religion
I tend to watch Wild Bill for Americas videos on YouTube and read conservative blogs like Ann Barnhardt and what I run into a lot of the times is the quote above. I understand that in their beliefs that there is only one God and that their Commandments set forth by their God is the rules they follow. That’s admirable considering our society has little to no values these days and that people with some sort of integrity and honor still exist today, but Christians do need to understand that people possess free will and will choose their beliefs accordingly. They don’t have to agree, they just have to afford the respect to those of us who aren’t Christians as they expect others to afford to them. I don’t agree with Christianity, but I respect the adherents and their beliefs. Even when I’m proselytized to by them I feel no offense and simply keep the respect for their beliefs in mind. There are non-Christians who tend to get offended by such things, but I keep in mind that if I feel offense to preaching than its a matter of weak faith as opposed to actually feeling offended.
You’re going to burn in Hell
Once again, this is something I’m not offended by not because I don’t believe in some place of eternal damnation (I’m sure there is, Hitler, Stalin and pol pot can’t share the same afterlife such as genuinely good people), but because I feel it is something expressed out of concern for the well-being of ones soul in the afterlife. But once again it’s up to Christians to understand that not everyone believes their is false or evil. Christians can repeatedly express their belief that our religion is false or contrived by the Devil, but it makes it no more true than stating that Jesus was actually the Devil incarnate to create a schism within the Jewish community. Paganism has been around much longer than any monotheistic religion and so to state that those who still practice paganism will go to Hell is ridiculous. However, I do respect the intention behind the sentiment, as long as it’s benevolent and not malevolent.
Worship the Creator, not the created
There’s a big difference between worshiping the created, which tends to be more of pantheism than polytheism, and worshipping the Creator, which most pagans do but just different Creators than Yahweh. There are areas that get fuzzy and seems as if we are worshipping the created, but it’s more of a respect for the spirits imbued within the created such as land wights or land spirits, but for the most part we worship the Creators of our world more so. We just tend to balance both worship of our Creators and respect for the created without forgetting either.
Now that we have cleared up a few things, understanding is the key to the gateway that leads to uniting all Americans against the tyranny currently ebbing it’s way into our society. My fear is that the lack of understanding between Judeo-Christians and pagans will keep the divide growing beyond an incomprehensible depth. We need to keep the spirit of our Nation, which is indicated in the full name of our country United States of America. We need to be united and strong against adversity and care for each other despite our differences in faith. If any Christian would like to counter my points, go for it! If it helps establish understanding between us all than I encourage it. I pray to the Gods for it, because our nation desperately needs to understand each other without being crass and uncivil. And if we disagree with each other than we need to disagree respectfully without resorting to name calling and childish ad hominems.