Friday, September 11, 2015

When Christianity Stops Being Good News

This is what the scriptures have to say about my savior:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And the image to the right is what I see today on the website of a popular organization of the Christian Right. Of course it is astonishingly tone-deaf and offensive. Amid the violence of our country and our world, someone thought this was appropriate imagery? This is what happens when Christianity becomes more of a cultural marker of identity than a lived faith. As its adherents fear they are losing "their" culture, their posture becomes increasingly vindictive and self-absorbed.

More than that, this is theologically abhorrent. Christianity is good news to all who are needy. It is not a blood-spattered declaration of war on the culture. If there's any blood on the floor, metaphorically or otherwise, it ought to be ours--gladly given for the good of others.

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