I had written in an earlier post:
Second statement: The older I get the more suspicious I become of moralists. Too often they use their high horse to garner privileges for themselves and marginalize the outsider.
Pastor Kevin Haug writes:
I agree with the sentiments of such a statement. Boy do I ever. Seems Jesus often railed against the Pharisees for doing just this sort of thing. However, I would have to add that it just doesn’t matter how hard one tries to avoid falling into this trap, sooner or later one always turns into a moralist. Doesn’t matter if one is on the political/theological left or right.
For instance: those on the political/theological right argue ’til they are blue in the faces that abortion is completely wrong, abhorrent, etc. and that anyone who supports it is less than they themselves. They have the moral high ground and will not yield it.
Yet, on the other side, with another issue; I have heard more than one political/theological commentator on the left say that healthcare for all is a moral issue. If you are against healthcare for all, then you are standing on sinking sand. Again, taking the moral high ground.
So, bishop, I agree with you. Yet I wonder if it’s even possible to avoid becoming a moralist? Seems to me we all fall into that trap.