It’s almost at truism that Christians are subject to some of the most searing ridicule in the world –and yet, you’ll never hear anyone calling on the world to stop offending Christians by depicting Jesus as being married to a prostitute, portraying Jesus as a gay man, calling Christians stupid or ignorant, or stating Hitler was a Christian (he wasn’t). Then why, when Muslims attack an American Embassy, or burn the American flag, do we have the most senior military officer in the US calling people to tell them to stop promoting a film (that may or may not exist) about Mohammad because “it offends Muslims?” Why do we have the President of the United States asking people not to “denigrate” Muslims?
The simple answer is because Christians don’t rise up and kill people when someone portrays Jesus as a gay man. But let me posit another answer.
Christians don’t do hate well. For all the caricature of Christians through the ages as the most hateful group on the face of the Earth, it simply isn’t true. Sure, there are individuals who call themselves Christians who hate (and let me be the first to say that I’ve no clue who is saved and who isn’t –the only thing I know for certain is I’m certain to be surprised). But, overall, Christians just don’t do hate well.
All those who think Christians are “haters,” need to examine what’s going on in the world around them, compare it to Christians at large, and do some serious thinking about what they think the word hate means.
Not that I expect them to: hate is the most powerful emotion, as a pure emotion, in the world. It’s infectious, it feels liberating, and, most of all, it’s completely irrational. Where love is a rational desire for the good of another (and lust is an irrational desire to own another), hate is an irrational desire to destroy others. Once you’re captured by the “hate bug,” almost any reason to hate will do.
These people we see dragging our men through the street –they have been taught to hate the US, so they seek excuses to ratchet the hate up into violence. That there are told, “Christians are haters,” by our own media and intellectuals, “and it’s okay to hate haters,” only gives them permission to hate, to react irrationally in the face of what they perceive to be the slightest slight to their honor.
Irrationality always ends in hate, and hate always in irrationality; they go together like a hand in a glove, or two peas in a pod. Start with hate, and you end unable to think. Start unable to think, and you end with hate.
That’s something to ponder.