FFT:  How Do Church-going Christians Live With Cognitive Dissonance

Don’t you ‘love’ the church going Christians who step over bodies on the way to church? Makes one wonder how do they live with cognitive dissonance?  Then it occurred to me while toying with a few on Facebook.  They ignore the content and apply labels to the person.

Do you know why black people have been called angry for stating the truth or a fact? It’s because the truth is in conflict with the stories these church going Christians tell themselves as to not live with the pain of cognitive dissonance (or rather the guilt).

What is cognitive dissonance? It occurs when one’s beliefs/values and actions are discordant, in conflict. As when a church going Christian who believes in God and Jesus murders innocent people. With cognitive dissonance, the body and mind feel psychological pain that can be very intense and lead to a host of other medical, physical and social issues. We as humans cannot lead normal lives when there is cognitive dissonance.

In order to prevent cognitive dissonance, these god fearing individuals need to make their actions seem godly or rather justified. That is when they apply labels:

It’s acceptable to walk over the body of a “terrorist” or a “thug.” And it’s okay to ignore or even kill an “angry black person. ” It’s ‘saving a life’ to kill a doctor who performs abortions.

Next time church-going Christians attempt to justify an ungodly  act or their lack of compassion, then label you for pointing out the hypocrisy, remember they need to do so for their peace of mind.

In addition, labelling is a learned behavior /strategy to detract from the facts.

What are your thoughts?

Author: Angela Grant

I am a first generation Jamaican immigrant whose experiences and accomplishments were made possible by the courage, sacrifices and the heroic acts of many whose bodies have rotted away in unmarked graves. Those are my heroes. Their sacrifices and death paved the way for my children and I. Failure to Listen is a token of my eternal gratitude. Failure to Listen is a tribute those generations of unmarked graves occupied by people of all races whose ultimate sacrifice of life opened the door for me and others, THANK YOU. Failure to Listen https://failuretolisten.wordpress.com/ uses cultural lenses to appreciate and understand the relationships between current events and our values, beliefs and attitudes. Culture is everything without it we are nothing. Failure to Listen will take you on a journey to recognize the beauty of our differences as the seeds to creativity, innovation and resolving disparities. By sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to do justice to the perspectives of those who are rarely heard or listened to. This site is not to incite anger but rather to provoke thought. It is my hope that Failure to Listen will work to foster intergroup dialogues and motivate readers to step outside the box and get to know ALL PEOPLE. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, let's join hands and remember his famous speech about a dream... A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

16 thoughts on “FFT:  How Do Church-going Christians Live With Cognitive Dissonance”

  1. I think all religion was created in order to keep us all fighting among ourselves, they don’t care what we fight about, or hate each other about, just so long as we continue to fight and hate so we cannot fix this nasty mess, as they steal all the wealth, and marginalize or worse, leave whole races to literally starve to death…..because they’re poor or because they’re black, how else would we justify stealing all their wealth and chances and even their hopes and dreams?

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  2. I’ve often wondered how one obeys the ten commandments without objecting to the Death Penalty while filling out one’s W2s. I also think it laughable that Little Rock Arkansas laments the loss of a monument to the 10 commandments that was placed in violation of the Constitution’s separation of state and church and still maintain the Death Penalty. What part of “Thou shalt not kill” do they not understand? Oh wait, .. let the cops exercise their Constitutional gun rights and explain it to them.

    Other groups/religions are not much better; they all torture and kill, but are not making the headlines right now.

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    1. Hey Onno, hope all is well.

      They all don’t have military bases in just about every country. They all don’t sell weapons to the enemies they declared war on. They don’t police the world while simultaneously being the worst and most cruel offenders of violence, torture and human rights abuses and violations.

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  3. I believe cognitive dissonance explains why I often feel internal conflicts. It is difficult to love everything and everyone when there is so much evil in this world. Most of my best friends are white. Not only do I love them but do not see color when around them. They are really good people without question.

    My struggle is how to reconcile the evilness I see inherent in anglo culture, especially those god fearing Christians who torture and murder innocent people.

    The part of anglo culture that wants to put me in a box then roll me into a ball in order to gain acceptance or access. The part of anglo culture that fear differences. Fear loss of power to the point where the color of one’s skin is enough to threaten their very existence.

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    1. Don’t forget that the African continent is no stranger to genocide either and that in Myanmar Muslims are also targeted. There is no Anglo culture at work there. IMHO all cultures suck because they are too easily manipulated into being exclusive, not inclusive.

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      1. Yes all cultures exhibit the same but Anglo culture is exceptional in its deception. That difference can be seen throughout history. I don’t think there is any other culture that has exhibited such greed, hypocrisy and violence than Anglo culture. Most other cultures own their violence. Anglo culture scapegoats, blame others and rarely accepts accountability.

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