Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The War On Christianity

The assault on Christianity seems to never cease. Not an assault by the so-called Left, or "Godless" Liberals, or the ACLU. But instead, the most direct threat to Christianity seems to be Christians themselves. Christian Republicans to be more specific.

In what many refer to as, "The Last Days", many Christians seem to have departed from the teachings of their religious namesake, and instead adopted an attitude and doctrine that I think is deserving of the name "Counter-Jihad". Not to be confused with this CounterJihad, and contrary to how it may sound, it's neither the opposite of--nor opposition to--Jihad. It is actually the embodiment of Jihad: Americanized, super-sized, and spewed from the mouths of prominent conservatives throughout the country. It is John McCain singing, "Bomb, bomb, bomb...bomb, bomb Iran". It is conservative bloggers calling for the US and UK to unite and nuke Iran. It is many Americans--professed Christians--turning a blind eye to the tragic events in Iraq and the Middle East. It is the opposite of what Christianity is supposed to teach.

The departures from true Christianity begin--but hardly end--here.

  • The so-called "Golden Rule" of Christianity, "and as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise" seems to have been replaced by many with, "do unto others before they do unto you". This is exemplified by this administration's pre-emptive war policy and the continued support of the war by many Republicans, most of them avowed "christians".
  • "As ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me". Not completely forgotten, but seemingly misconstrued. Instead of recognition that the least of our brethren shouldn't exclude those that don't share our nationality, it becomes a rallying cry of sorts and justification for the war. "Remember 9/11" has resonance for good reason, but lest we forget, Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. So if we're looking to avenge the deaths of those thousands of Americans killed on 9/11, we're looking in the wrong place. Does that even need to be reiterated at this point???
  • "But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." This may be one of the hardest tenets of Christianity to adhere to. But it is a tenet of Christianity nonetheless, and many prominent "Christians" seem to have f0rgotten it. We must protect ourselves as a nation, but this administration's foreign policy has become the equivalent of leveling others with a sledgehammer before they get the chance to slap us in the face. If we believe that that is what is necessary, perhaps we've already lost our faith.

That's where I'll stop for now. Mostly for time's sake. This post isn't intended as an indictment of Christianity, or Christians at large. But if you profess to be a Christian, maybe another look at some of what Jesus Christ taught will make you reconsider the "righteousness" of our nation's leaders. And perhaps at some point along the way we'll get back to acting in accordance with what we say we believe in.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful post. It's time someone brought the "Christ" back into the politics of "Christians."