I had a weird moment following Bible study at church tonight. Several people were standing around talking to the pastor, and the topic had turned to all the ways in which Christianity is (supposedly) being persecuted here in the U.S., while minority religions get special treatment. I can’t deny that there are certain individual news stories that perplex or anger me, but on the whole I think the notion that we as Christians are being put upon is somewhat exaggerated. I think I would certainly feel much more persecuted were I a Muslim living in Shelbyville than I do as a Christian.
Anyway, one of the people in the discussion — a woman whom I love and respect — complained because we, as Christians, are supposed to keep turning the other cheek when people attack us in this fashion. A man — again, someone who I know and respect — then said something to the effect of, “well, I never really agreed with that saying.”
In other words, it’s vitally important for us to rise to the defense of Christianity, and if those crazy things that guy Jesus said are preventing us from doing so, we should just ignore them.
After all, what does he know about Christianity?