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