Monday, 27 April 2009
Sunday, Revelife featured a blog titled, Christians: The Last Politically Acceptable Group to Hate. Intending to read this after washing my face, my mind began its own sarcastic meandering as the title echoed through my thoughts:
"Come on...the last acceptable group to hate?! Everyone has their moment of being loathed, and sure, we're hated now...but the last? Has the media hated on the Hindus yet? What about the Buddhists? And certainly the Scientologists will always be hated...or at least laughed at...as much as the Christians!"
Then I got serious and realized we just may be the last and most hated group of people in this world, especially as the Bible prophesy pans out. Certainly we were the first group to be hated, if "we" is defined as those who follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and then Jesus. Keep in mind that Abraham and all the others believed in Jesus though they never saw him, and thus they kind of do fit into the category of "Christian" (Hebrews 11).
Ever wonder about Cain? Whether he repented and came into reconciliation with God? Or if he instead hated his Creator and then by connection, his family, who didn't share that hatred? Then there were the people of Noah's day. Certainly they hated Christians...until they died, anyway. And the whole world knows that the Jews are one of the most-hated groups of people in history. Then came the prophets, and flesh-and-blood Jesus, and all his followers in general. Yes...Christians are hated...and in modern Western Culture, the media most especially, it is politically acceptable.
The Revelife post didn't really touch on any of this; it's just my mind that went here, probably because the topic seems to be a big one among conservative Christians. A local talk-show host constantly fills his listeners in on the latest anti-Christian news, constantly warning about what the media and the ACLU is doing through the television and the courts to belittle and counteract Christian-work. Of course as a group we're not perfect, and certainly there are more than a handful of not-really Christians who persist in giving us a bad name...but I don't understand the general surprise I sometimes sense at the backlash.
"You will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved." - Matthew 10:22, ESV
Anybody, Christian or not, knows that we're a wonderful target. We have these crazy abhorrences for killing infants or not wanting people to get hooked on illicit substances. We frown upon engaging in swinger-activity or "casual encounters." We tend to not like pedophilia and bestiality...go to Revelife to see what that author wrote about.
We're a target...big surprise. We seem to go against all things "fun" and we do these strange, nonsensical things. Still...I'd rather be in a stuffy, stinky, overcrowded boat as the floodwater rises than to be outside banging on the side.