Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A War on Christianity -- or Christians behaving badly?

Instead of seeing investigations and questions about inappropriate or illegal behavior -- even by those who call themselves righteous -- as a normal and healthy action in an open society, conservative Christian activists have labeled all questions about possible wrongdoing in their midst as acts of war.

I'd dismiss this chest-thumping as simply annoying except that by calling the situation a war, they are implying that "true" Christians are justified when they participate in violence against those they label as enemies of Christianity.

The premise that opposition to any action or belief held by any conservative Christian is opposition to Christianity is deeply troubling even if it doesn't lead to physical violence. It implies that conservative Christians accurately reflect God and the purest form of Christianity.

But we all fall short of the glory of God.

Instead of drawing Christians who have been used or exploited by their fellow Christians closer to their faith, this warmongering pushes them away.

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/Politics/story?id=1778011&page=1&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312
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posted by Marcella Chester @ 3:36 PM   2 comments links to this post

2 Comments:

At June 04, 2006 6:25 PM, Blogger alyceclover said...

Self-fullfilling prophecy? I wasn't aware of the "Liberal Plot To Destroy Christianity" (a book writen by a Christian leader), and by the time I became aware of "The War On Christianity", I'd had enough hate emails from Christians asking me to join their people bashing, to cause me to, um, want to join the plotters and warriors. I won't of course, because of my spiritual values, formed in part by early Christian teachings.

 
At June 22, 2007 4:05 PM, Blogger Theophilus said...

You wrote: The premise that opposition to any action or belief held by any conservative Christian is opposition to Christianity is deeply troubling... because ...It implies that conservative Christians accurately reflect God and the purest form of Christianity.

Yowza! Well-put.

After all, God wears a beige or dark blue suit and attends a Baptist Church.

"If you disagree with me, you obviously must be wrong."

Sigh.

 

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