Episode 50: Religion Is a Technology, and Jesus Was a Saboteur

Are LDS borderlanders the only ones who can slow down, or even stop, the Pride Cycle as described in the Book of Mormon? Stephen Carter thinks so, because they’re the only ones who have been both inside and outside the “technology” of the LDS Church. With a few tips from Jesus, Stephen thinks borderlanders can sabotage the Church toward Zion.

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  1. Jessica Brown says:

    I loved this podcast and in the middle of your discussion I all of a sudden recognized a time when I had shared my power/took a one down position.

    A few years ago a teenage boy who was homeless came to live with our family. He looked similar enough to us that I could easily be mistaken for his mother. For twelve weeks in a row I dropped him off at anger management class, paid the fee and signed him in. I wanted to tell everyone in the waiting room and the front desk that this wasn’t my child, my children would never end up here, but I stayed silent, smiled and checked him in. Another time policemen came to see him at our house twice in one week, and later when I dropped him off at his alternative school a teacher yelled out the door that “my son” was doing a really great job in their program. I thanked her even though I really wanted to yell back that he wasn’t really mine and my real kids are amazing! One time at the dentist he had five cavities, and I felt so embarrassed – my kids are still cavity free 18 years strong. But I didn’t say anything other than okay, let’s schedule the next appointment. A dozen times I had to sit in court and wait with him and everyone there saw me… Anyway…. The point of all this is to say that I had upper middle class prestige and power, nice home, nice neighborhood, great kids and I gave some of that power away to him. It was humbling for me in every situation and lessened my power. But it was transformational for that kid and we have a really wonderful relationship today.

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