Sunday, February 12, 2012

Despise not the Church

I would like to submit that many people who claim to hate Christianity don't actually hate it. What they hate is the hypocrisy they see in the Church. They often attack and defend their position by pointing out Christians who act counter to their faith. Consider a quote that is often attributed to Ghandi, which says something like, "I like your Christ but I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ."

If we consider Christianity to be a 'system', a code of rules or a way of living (though we know it to be much more than that), then what they hate is not the system itself but those members of the system who abuse it or seem to abuse it. Consider, for example, the recent Wall Street protests-people don't actually hate Wall Street or the system of capitalism, what they despise is those that abuse the system. And this is because it angers us when we see others who refuse to conform to the rules of the system they belong. Nobody likes a cheater. This leads me to a few important thoughts or conclusions.