Christians Versus Christianity
If a cause be good, the most violent attack of its enemies will not injure it so much as an injudicious defense of it by its friends.
- Walter Colton
I did not intend to attack atheist activists. Initially, I thought my respect for Swindall would make a positive case for his character. I had no idea that through researching Swindall’s positions I would embrace Christianity. Nonetheless, the facts unfolded to me that Jesus Christ took, and takes, a bad rap.
Atheists attack Christ; sadly, many Christians do their professed Lord a grave injustice. They do so through hypocrisy, duplicity, and self-centeredness. They interpret the Bible as they wish. Their lack of faith in God’s Word bears false testimony against Christ. When non-Christian onlookers view such individuals they see a phony Lord. When one Christian steps out of the walk, I suspect, ten skeptics each tell ten skeptics, who each tell ten skeptics, etc.
The Spanish and Italian Inquisitions, English Crusades, Christian European conquerors of African tribes, American Christian murderers of innocent, peaceful Indians, and witch burners (all in the name of Christ) set the stage for modern atheist movements. Is it not sickening that "Christians" stole land and murdered Indians, then built a steepled church on the stolen land to congregate on Sunday mornings singing Rock of Ages and preaching brotherly love? This history fuels comments such as Mark Twain’s, "If Jesus Christ were real, one thing He wouldn’t be is a Christian [paraphrased]." Another common criticism often attributed to Bertrand Russell is, "What’s wrong with Christianity is not that it has failed, but that it has never been tried [paraphrased]."
If Christians will not stand up and fight for right, then thank God for the non-believers who will. Either Christians will "watch-dog" themselves, or secularists will do it for them. If we Christians allow the secularists that privilege, it might be ugly when we are caught not towing the line. I used to be one of those persons just itching to catch a Holier-Than-Thou up to moral mischief.
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