Robschaef - 5/20/2005 12:14 PM
I guess we live in a time when there is a lot of hatred towards Christians because off all of the issues that is currently being debated. It doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t help that the media is so willing to put the blame on all Christians based on what a few do.
I'm not quite certain your guess is right on the money.
It seems to me that there are a lot of people who call themselves Christians and who are not. Those with a set faith, not a true faith. You know them, you have a bunch in your congregation, the kind that will curse you right off the church's parking lot because you're not going fast enough. The good people who misread the Book, take on all the forgiveness they can get, conveniently forgetting that withouth repentance, you have no forgiveness. This kind of "born-agains", convinced of their salvation, will behave in ways quite unbecoming Christians. After church, all the way to church, and most of every working day, will behave not just like any heathen, but like heathens who have no moral compasses, they will do so faster than you can go from 0-60 in a Carrera GT. These are the guys who give you a bad name, these and the Enron or MCI executives who make the news after having screwed 1000s of retirees and regular folks, all the while having the certainty that they were forgiven, or were, at least, hypocritically parading at church as if they bought in the weekly rhetoric.
Add to that the illuminated who link religion to all matters of the state, while systematically vilifying the opposing ideas as un-christian or immoral.
It is unfortunate that neither camp realizes that there can be Christians in both. With robes and crosses on their sleeves, they'd feel right at home beheading the saracens. I can hear these fearless leaders "Kill them all! God will sort them out!"
I don't think that Christians who live by the precepts, who really try to be the salt, the light in this world, I don't think these Christians are vilified by anyone.
As always, I do reserve the right to be wrong!