If there is one thing I understand with the foundations of Christianity is that there is no room for any kind of spiritual pride and elitism. That is not to say that Christians are perfect, and immune from such spiritual elitism. But what has disturbed me is how much of Americanized Christianity has become very “us vs. them”. Frankly, this contradicts the very values Christianity and America were founded on. Plus, I have always been curious about why so much of Americanized Christianity has become so strongly tied to right wing politics, and demonization of the left. Officially, I have known that it is about the whole matter of pro-life and pro-choice. Frankly, I have little reason to believe either the left or right is consistently pro-life, or pro-death, which is a whole other subject, but Richard Rohr did a good job of addressing the matter. I have also noticed so much denominationism and sectarianism.
Much of this “us vs. them” thinking goes against anything Jesus taught. Now it is true that Jesus took sin seriously, and often got angry, but mostly with the Pharisees. Plus, much of the new testament leaves little room for placing those in the church on a pedestal while looking down on those outside the church. Nor do I think Jesus would go along with either the left or the right. But I would not agree with saying Jesus would demonize both parties either. It seems like a common practice for Fundamentalists to quote Jesus statements of wrath against anyone who disagrees with them, despite these statements being against the pharisees. Plus, I have noticed many hard statements in the Gospels and Epistles are meant to remind Christians not to fall into pride, rather than as justification to judge outsiders. This reminds me of C.S. Lewis chapter on Pride, and pointed out that sins of the spirit, or a malicious and self righteous spirit are more severe than sins of the flesh. Frankly, this aligns with Jesus, with the particular example of how he handled the woman caught in adultery.