All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
It’s very rare for me to have such big feelings about something, but also at the same time to be almost entirely speechless in my ability to articulate them. Here’s a shot. I’ve been a Christian for the vast majority of my life, but what Christianity has become to people in this country is completely alien to me. I don’t recognize the church in the midst of the overt bigotry, racism, hatred, and lies that Christians proliferate. I’m quite frankly ashamed and embarrassed.
While the evangelical church has always had its problems, the past six months has brought out some of the worst. I’m not talking about some fringe group either; it’s easy to dismiss groups like Westboro Baptist as an example of what Christianity is not. I’m talking about the mainstream evangelical church – relatives, friends, and people I’ve even grown up with – who were once a much needed example of Christianity to me – have severely disappointed me in the way they’ve conducted themselves, causing me to question if I ever truly understood what they believed for the nearly 30 years I’ve been a Christian, or if they even truly understand what it is they believe.
Jesus made no bones about hating evil, and having nothing to do with the wicked. He literally turned tables over on people whose agenda didn’t align with his own. Both the old and new testaments are chock full of warnings and lessons about the dangers of aligning one’s self with wicked people, supporting agendas that bear the fruit of the wicked, and condoning values that are contrary to God’s. Christianity teaches of a savior who repeatedly demonstrated his disinterest in politics, from “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s” to his markedly uninterested appearance before an irrelevant Pontius Pilate; yet it’s the laziness of Christians to impact society that has led the church to abuse politics to make up for their complacency. Christians had no political clout until the third century, but today have become obsessed with their power. Installing judges and other political saviors to legislate morality, even if that means aligning themselves with white nationalist groups, vigilante groups that condone hate and murder, and expressing blind, cultic loyalty to immoral demagogues for influence. Christians are in turn enabling hate, violence, racism, and division through their choice of allies and leaders, and by trafficking in misinformation to lie about it to, at the very least, each other. The net effect of this is Christians are engendering the very wickedness God hates; the antithesis of the virtues that Christianity teaches. The church cannot condone immorality, lies and hate, yet expect the world to see Christians as the arbiters of morality. This has destroyed the church’s reputation, and rightfully so.
Christianity celebrates a meek savior who saw the intrinsic value in people regardless of their race, their past, or their status. He called for the lifting up of those who were downcast and mistreated by society. He called for sacrificial love of the disenfranchised. To reflect compassion. Generosity. Selflessness. He thought that we were valuable enough to give his own life for. Christianity should be, by definition, a mirror image of Christ’s love for humanity, and an example of integrity and truth, even to one’s own detriment. I don’t see the character of Jesus Christ in today’s American Christians.
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