They like to call our time today post-Christian America. But why? More people are finding their way to religion with a majority going to Christianity. They like to claim that Christianity is under attack but most of what they take umbrage at has been going on for generations. They claim that God has been taken out of the school when they opposite is the truth.
Here is what I see as the truth. Those that are shouting the loudest that religion is dying, those that are shouting that we have forgotten God and Jesus, those who are shouting the loudest that the Bible is being misused ... are the ones that are actually doing it.
They use the Bible to preach hate of those they see as sinners. They pronounce those they believe to be sinners as such, despite the Bible having very strong language about on God deciding who is a sinner and who is not.
They profess to follow the teachings of Jesus, yet when afforded the opportunity to actually practice the teachings of Jesus they often look down the end of their nose at those that are less fortunate than them. They blame those who have less for their lot in life (much like Scrooge).
They are the ones that allowed Christmas to be taken over by corporations and now they are the ones complaining the loudest over what they let happen.
Christianity has certainly lost it's way over the last 30 or so years but it is not Islam or Atheists or even Communists or Liberals that have caused it. It is the Christians that have forgotten what it is to actually be Christian. Christianity is one of the few religions that was actually named after a man. We have forgotten his lessons.
I believe in order for Christianity is be a force again we have to consolidate. We need to get rid of the mega churches that really serve no other purpose but raising money for themselves. We need to go back to smaller congregations of about 50-100 people at most. We need to reconnect with each other.
We need to stop blaming other groups of people because we do not feel our religion is as strong as it once was.
If we want, as Christians, to make these changes we need to look inward not outward. We need to let art be art and not get offended without even knowing what the context actually is.
Islam and Christianity are completely different on image levels. We as Christians put our Lord out there for everyone to see. Muslims believe it to be sacrilege to show images of theirs. Let them have their way of honoring their Lord, we can keep ours.
Their are a lot of fake Christians out there. What I mean by this is that they read the Bible, but they do not understand what they are reading. They take only certain parts literally (when it helps them spread their form of hate) but ignore other parts that completely contradict the parts they are taking literally.
These fake Christians have always used the Bible to practice their hate against the proverbial boogeyman of their time. They claimed in the 1800s that the Bible approved of slavery. They claimed in the early 1900s that the Bible said that interracial relationships was immoral and a sin. Now they are using the Bible again to pronounce that the homosexual lifestyle is immoral and a sin. In fifty years those same passages will have a completely different meaning. At the time, these fake Christians will have found a new passage in the Bible to allow them to hate loudly another segment of our population.
They more than any other group outside of Christianity are doing the most damage to this religion. Sadly they are being given a pulpit to preach their hate every day.
If we truly want Christianity to survive we, as real Christians, need to purge the fake Christians (who are only here to preach hate) from the ranks of our flock. At the end of their life they will be judged by God as to whether or not they are worthy. We should not let them drag us with them.