Christianity Is Dead

…or at least it’s starting to smell bad.

The Original Facepalm

For over 30 years a small faction of radicals, along with their gullible followers, have hijacked the title of “Christian” in America.  For money and power they’ve led their “flock” far away from the teachings of Christ towards a new world of greed and hate.  They have allied themselves with the worst of Conservative thinkers with the ultimate (stated) aim of outright Theocracy.

Yes, the United States is a Majority Christian country.  These grifters have used that fact to claim that they represent that Majority.  I’ve waited for years for “Real Christians” to stand up and say “NO, these people in no way represent our Faith and our Beliefs!”  I have, it seems, waited in vain.

So where are the “Real Christians?”  Not the “Born Again” crowd, but the “Ye shall know them by their fruits” and the “Faith, hope, charity” Christians.  Where are the Christians that have read the words of Christ and Paul for themselves and gotten a message of love and goodwill to all?  And why should I have to look for them?

I am no Christian.  I am a practicing American Buddhist.  But, as the Pew Foundation found when they simply asked, we Buddhists, agnostics and atheists seem to know more about the Christian Religion than professed Christians.  Perhaps we’re living through a counter-reformation.  53% of American Protestants could not identify Martin Luther.  How many understand that the Reformation had as a basic tenet that Christians could approach their own Faith without the mediation of Priests?  Do these sad followers of James Dobson, John Hagee, et. al. understand that they are giving away that precious gift:  to decide for yourself in Spiritual matters?

Clearly I should not be the one to tell them.  The Christian Community of the United States needs to speak out.  Or maybe they just don’t exist.  Maybe Christianity is dead.

Here’s a “not so optimistic” piece from Chris Hedges:

The Christian Right and the Rise of American Fascism




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2 thoughts on “Christianity Is Dead”

  1. Mr Hedges,

    I randomly came upon this article while I was googling Christian Standup on netflix. I starting reading and my heart started to break, then I happened upon the part where you said you were not a christian but in fact a American Buddist. I wanted to let you know that there are real followers of Christ still here who’s goal in life is to Abide in him and find his will for our lives. My family and I are such Christians. Though I do not agree with your beliefs I respect you for seeing and telling the truth of this watered down earthly version of Christianity. I also wanted;23 you to know that I am praying for you whether that truely means anything to you or not. Romans 3 states we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 6:23 states the wages of sin is death. but john 3:16 as you know says God sent his only son so that whosoever believes in him shall now perish but have life everlasting. Honestly friend I feel burdened to tell you this. Christianity, that is true Christianity is not rules and laws. but freedom in love that only Christ can provide. by Abiding in him you have freedom and deliverance. Aknowledge him in all your ways and he will make straight your path. I hope this comment has some impact on you Chris. May God bless you with a soft heart and open ears(eyes in this case)

  2. Thanks for the comment Chris. I feel that everyone should find joy in their religion, and it seems that you do. I do too, actually. Every day I ask Avalokiteśvara to open my heart to compassion. Most days it happens.

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