Defining "We"

From Andrew:

“A further problem is that those who are part of both ‘we’s (or have a different religious tradition roughly equivalent in nature to the Christian one) sometimes feel the conflict between the ‘we’s internally; there is then a pressure to compromise or compartmentalize, or alternatively become ghettoized or zealous (for either ‘we’ identity, violently against the other one).”

This got me thinking about the number of temptations that derive from the multiple identities that each of us carry around. Andrew points out a couple, but there are others. One of them is fusion, just make the one “we” completely indistinguishable from the other(s). Certainly the appeal of this is stronger in the US than it is Canada these days when it comes to fusing religion and national identity. Even if the spelling allowed for it, I don’t think you’d see any Christian group in Canada (at least any big enough to afford a billboard) post this image:jesusaves.jpg

If there is a way to view the attempts made to fuse religion and politics (a dangerous idea in many cases) that is somewhat charitable, it is to view it as an attempt to resolve competing definitions of “we.” (Though that still doesn’t excuse tacky billboards).