If what you’re about to read offends you? Well, you’re exactly who needs to read it.
I am not offended by Christmas. I am not offended by Christians. But I was raised as part of a generation who had sufficient decorum not to discuss their religious views, no matter what they were. In my neighborhood growing up, I didn’t know who was Catholic, Jewish, Adventist, Muslim or Atheist. And I didn’t care. Because everyone had the basic common sense to keep those views – whatever they may be – to themselves.
Consequently, today I don’t care what religious beliefs you, or anyone else, may have. What I do care about is when other people, by law, speech or action, endeavor to impose their religious beliefs upon other people. People, particularly “Christians” of late, who think or worse profess that “God’s Law” should be higher than that written by man. That individual rights and freedoms should be predicated not on what’s in our Constitution, but in our Bibles. This same thinking is practiced in certain countries. Iran. Afghanistan. Pakistan. I wonder why, at a time when we view these nations and their systems with such disdain, there are millions among us who want nothing more than to replicate rather than repudiate them.
I’m offended by “Christians” who feel compelled at every opportunity to profess their faith publicly; or worse, are prone to proselytization. There are no muslims, atheists, jews, taoists, buddhists or hindus trying to “convert” me, yet “Christians” – and only “Christians” – are doing so. As if I haven’t got the message.
I’m offended by “Christians” who profess Christmas as “their” holiday. If you practice what you ostensibly preach? It’s everyone’s holiday, whether they identify with the same belief system as yours or not. And I’m offended by those who believe that they are somehow more righteous than I am, simply because they open their mouths about their faith while I choose to keep mine closed.
I believe that in America, “Christianity” has become a fun-house, mirror-like image of what it should be. We elect those who most vocally profess “Christian” principles yet in practice go out of their way to do the exact opposite of what the Bible teaches: going out of our way to further deprive those who may be in need, to hurt those we should go out of our way to help, and to accept only those “of our own flock” rather than to be accepting, tolerant, and charitable toward all.
A true Christian (note the lack of quotes this time) as I see it would never in a million years vote for candidates who acted this way, or who professed that “God’s Law” should be practiced as that of man. Meanwhile, we shun those who actually believe that our government should behave as true Christians would. So much so that the most Christian candidate among us all who sought the presidency in 2016 wasn’t a Christian at all, but rather a Jewish man from Vermont. That alone should illustrate just how backward “American Christianity” really is.
Perhaps instead of being ‘prosecuted,’ the simple truth is that “Christians” have by and large completely lost sight of what Christianity actually professes, having twisted it into their own, individually-defined and self-absorbed, selectively chosen meanings and practices of it. Perhaps rather than speaking what they perceive as the Gospel of their faith? They should go back and re-educate themselves about it. But sometimes it’s easier to be among the sheep in the flock than to be a shepherd.
I think in an awful lot of cases, these people will find that what they profess as Christian values, morals and principles are in fact far, far removed from what they are in actual practice. And maybe, just maybe, if they stop talking about the greatness of their faith and instead focus on listening to their fellow human beings? They’ll actually stop talking about the greatness of the Christian faith… and actually start putting it into actual practice.