April 10, 2015
Writing on his blog, Formerly Fundie, Benjamin L. Corey, talks about Christian persecution in the United States. His conclusions are startling: Christian persecution is real, and it happens almost everywhere in our nation. Unfortunately, the reason for this is that Christians are the ones who are doing most of the persecuting.
Corey observes that there are two different types of Christianity at work in the United States. One of these is a movement of people who want to follow Jesus, whereas the other (far more common and more powerful) is a political religion that merely happens to be named “Christianity.“
“…there is a civil and political religion named “Christianity” which is addicted to political power and violence, and thus finds the message of Jesus offensive. When adherents to this civil religion encounter the other kind of Christian- the kind that actually believes in following Jesus- [the former] has an immediate need to persecute [the latter].”
May we be the kind of people who are known for loving Christ and our neighbors (no matter what), rather than for worshipping a violent political religion that is Christian in name only.