Christian fundamentalists have borrowed a term once confined to cultural and legal studies to further a worldview inconsistent with Christ’s teachings. That term—the Judeo-Christian Ethic—is often defined by the Ten Commandments, which are guidelines unworthy of those concerned with the great query: What manner of person ought I be? The New Christian Ethic acknowledges that the laws of Leviticus are obsolete, callings are highly individualized and faith is impossible without uncertainty.
Here are a couple of poems I recently wrote that depict what I believe to be completely justifiable ways to relate to whatever we call God. Acknowledging that faith is not a perfect knowledge and admitting that we are riddled with doubt is a good first step. Rejecting the view that God is jealous and vengeful is a good second. To do so would help render us more honest and forgiving.