A young woman named Emanuella posted a YouTube video on February 28, 2012 that grabbed me. Some people are leaving comments there that indicate an ignorance about the message she is conveying in her video. Some will always look for darkness and suspicion in any message, and some just live to be contrary, but I immediately recognized the positive effect this can have on many who have not yet realized that Christianity has two primarily diverse adherents – mainstream and devoutly extreme. I am not re-posting her video to try and sell Christianity. I am posting it because she represents the attitude of most Christians in the United States who have not been steeple-jacked into a Dominionist congregation.
Mainstream Christians are as troubled by the march of the Dominionists as anyone else. They recognize the scripture-twisting and snake oil salesmanship that is flourishing in Dominionist churches and sects – siphoning congregational members from the pews of traditional churches into elaborate mega-church theatres. Mainstream Christians are in the majority, but they are being painted with a very broad brush by the verbose and hateful rhetoric spewed by political Christians and it is imperative that we all understand that there are now multiple definitions of what a Christian ‘is’. This extreme minority is becoming more brazen with each passing year – so much so that there is no denying that they exist. We need only look at the money and organizations behind the push for anti-women legislation in this country, and the impossibility of discussing the GOP 2012 candidates without talking about their religious goals as politicians.
This young woman, Emanuella, exhibits the characteristics of a walkaway. I should know, I grew up with a mother who drank the Dominionist Koolade. On top of that, in my work I have the privilege of meeting increasing numbers of walkaways from Dominionist churches of different sects. Granted, most of these franchises under the umbrella of Dominionism refer to those who leave the flock as “fallen” with a not-so-subtle inference to the fallen angel, Satan. But for those of us on the outside it is abundantly clear that it takes a concerted effort on ones’ own behalf to gather the strength to walk away from these cults of Christianity.
It can be a lonely, lonely road. All too often walkaways live in self-imposed isolation, ashamed and convinced that they are but a sparse few who have “let Satan in ” and that they will burn in eternal damnation. Many of them have no idea the numbers who walk – and run – away from these institutions of indoctrination like themselves. They fight the demons that they were taught as they learn that free will and original thoughts are a positive attribute.
So to see the effort, such as the following video, really makes a powerful statement. The message that this young woman is conveying echoes the voices of tens of thousands of walkaways in America today who cringe at the dark side of Christianity represented by the voices of increasingly visible Dominionist leaders.
Walking away does not instantly translate into swinging to a position of non-belief and self-declarations of new-found Atheism. Many times it means that through a simple moment or an event – a song or a movie – the eyes of the indoctrinated follower can fly open and clarity finally reveals itself. Many remain believers in Jesus Christ, but their understanding can mature into a study of the teachings that are counter to the Old Testament fire and brimstone that they were “born again” into. It is a powerful transformation for walkaways! They are finally able to think for themselves and are free from the shackles of judgement of themselves and others, and are released from being constant messengers and human collection plates for these false prophets.
One of my many walkaway friends was an assistant Minister for a large portion of their 37 years of membership in a Dominionist Assembly of God church before having their own epiphany. This person now works daily to inform people about the dangerous extremism that is infesting Christianity – wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross. After years of bringing people into the fold, this person’s goal now is to alert people to the dangers of succumbing to the lure with promises of eternal salvation and redemption. Hell, it sounds simple enough especially because these zealots require little work of their Sheeples – all you have to do is just sit there and accept. And god forbid – don’t ever question or analyze what you are being told, after all, as soon as they are done editing yet another new revised version of the bible, they will tell you again that it is the inerrant word of God.
Embracing walkaways and their message to their fellow Christians is unbelievably important in stopping the bible-based cult of Dominionism. It is one of the aspects of this fight that I value most, the ability to educate mainstream Christians that the Judas living among them are the Dominionists who are co-opting their faith and turning it into a crusade whose mission is Holy War with Islam in preparation for the way for the 2nd Coming of Christ.
It heartens me to see messages like Emanuella’s because it means people are not only waking up – but they are bravely speaking out. I applaud her for making this video as it may very well become the “event” that awakens another future walkaway.