NLQ Question of the Week: Why the Outrage Over Small Things While Ignoring the Larger Issues?

QuestionoftheweekThis is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.

This week’s Starbucks Red Cuptroversy has brought up today’s question. We’ve seen it again and again in the world of Quiverfull/Fundamentalism/Evangelicalism, outrage and protests or flocking to support something minor while the big things Jesus commanded his followers to do get ignored. Anyone remember the Chik Fil A support day by Christians showing their appreciation for Chik Fil A supporting anti-homosexuality groups? How about the claims that Pokemon cards were demonic? How about when the movie ‘Noah’ came out? Scads of ridiculous things, some of which are listed at A Handy Guide to Christian Outrage on The Huffington Post.

Why do you think it is that this group is largely focusing themselves on minor petty things instead of the bigger issues? What are they getting out of all of this? Is it the feeling of being part of a group, a group of self-proclaimed activists? Identity? Or are there other things at work in these moments that crop up from time to time in the movement?

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