January 12, 2010

Christians and Mass-Murder

Why would any decent, intelligent person convert to Christianity? I’m asking a serious question. Why would anyone want to become a Christian?

I know why I became a Christian. I grew up with a Jewish mother and Catholic father. Neither was all that religious, and I eventually concluded that God, if he existed, couldn’t be found in organized religion. But then when I was in college, I became acquainted with a group of Born Again Christians. True believers, the types who genuinely believe, who strive to be Christ to others. “I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

I started to want what they had. Their faith and joy. Their love. I started reading the Bible. I started getting up early on Sundays and going to church. And, little by little, I came to believe that Jesus was who he claimed to be, that, through faith, I could become a child of God.

But, as I’ve come to learn, true Christians are difficult to find. Yes, they’re there. I imagine you’ll find some in most congregations. But you won’t find many. Far from being superior to unbelievers, it seems to me that most Christians are arrogant, close-minded warmongers.

Which brings me back to my original question. Why would anyone today want to become a Christian? Why would anyone want to have communion with people who so shamelessly defend mass-murder? If I hadn’t spent more than a decade “walking with Christ,” I would quickly conclude that the whole thing is a fraud.

I put quotation marks around those words—“walking with Christ”— because I’m no longer sure if the whole thing is true. Part of me wants to believe. No story offers more hope and comfort than that of God becoming a man and dying for our sins. But I just keep coming back to this: If it really is true, then why do most Christians support mass-murder?

And it’s not just that Christians support mass-murder. It’s that they’re too close-minded to even consider opposing viewpoints. I’ve repeatedly challenged my former seminary professor on his pro-war beliefs; he refuses to even address my arguments. I’ve made numerous anti-war arguments to the former worship leader at my church; though failing to rebut any of my arguments, he continues advocating American mass-murder.

If Christianity is of God, then how can this be? If believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, then how can they be among our society’s biggest supporters of mass-murder? Shouldn’t they at least be slightly more opposed to murder than non-Christians?

If God is there, if Christ is real, then how can this be?

13 comments:

AnarchoPhil said...

Bottom line brother, a lot of people that call themselves Christian are not. It is politically expedient to be a Christian. Those Christians that do support murder simply do not know Christianity.

Don Emmerich said...

I absolutely agree. Thanks for your input.

gyakusetsu said...

To echo AnarchoPhil a bit: I think a lot of "Christians" join a church like they would join a political party. They treat it like a social club filled with like-minded people who want to force people to behave in the manner they prefer.

They generally have no specific interest in the power-under message of Jesus's life and the cross, but prefer the power-over message of Satan's worldly dominion and the sword.

It's an easier, yes, politically expedient, way to get whatever they want. Serving people would be too hard.

john said...

i agree too.

Don Emmerich said...

gyakusetsu:

We had an email exchange earlier last year, right?

How the heck are you? And where can I go to read your latest writings and/or links?

Nice to hear from you.

Don Emmerich said...

Good evening there, John.

Hope the week's treating you well!

gyakusetsu said...

Don,

Yep, it's me!

I'm doing rather well, thank you.

I don't write too often, but usually share items I've read.

I post (very rarely) at:
http://notcaesars.blogspot.com

I share at:
https://www.google.com/reader/shared/07992201874541775456

Enlightened Rogue said...

This is how Boobus americanus decides if he’s a Christian:

“I know I ain’t Jewish. At least that’s what my momma told me. And I sure as hell ain’t one of them thar Moooslims. So, by golly I must be a Christian!”

Most “Christians” practice Church-ianity, not Christianity. They’re more about being loyal to church dogma rather than following the path of Christ. They’re ubiquitous and easy to spot.

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Luke Fisher said...

I consider myself an "evangelical christian". Many of the people I know who declare themselves to be the same are pro-war and idolize the American nation-state.

Alot of the pro-war mentality is based on the belief that Jesus said that there will be "wars and rumors of wars" right before His return. So they are pro-war over in some foreign land, but not here. It's strange and scary all at the same time.

Its one of those things that if want to have a terrible argument with an evangelical, bring up the illogical pro-war position.

Don Emmerich said...

Yeah, it is all so illogical -- the way most Evangelicals cherry-pick the Bible, discarding verses which seem fairly straightforward in their meaning (e.g., the Sermon on the Mount) and pulling other verses out of context and using them to justify things they obviously can't mean.

By the way, it looks like you have a great blog. I'll be sure to keep an eye on it. And it's always wonderful to meet a Christian anarchist! Keep up the good fight!

Anonymous said...

Stumbled on this blog because I am trying to find more about how Christians compartmentalize - because if they are for war, then they are compartmentalizing. I have a friend who listens to Christian radio and believes we have a right to defend ourselves (e.g. the Twin Towers attack)and even spouts hateful words about our current president and Congress, damning them to hell - and yet she says she is a Christian. How is that possible? I'm truly trying to understand this. I was raised Lutheran and considered myself a Christian just because of that - duh. But I now do not believe that Jesus died for my sins nor is my savior. I DO, however, believe he was an enlightened human and there have been so few of those. He "got it." And that's probably why so many people don't get it - we're not enlightened and can't grasp what it is to be truly selfless and ego-less, letting go of our anger, fear and other negative vibrations.

I'm still on a quest to understand. And I have enjoyed this blog and the comments.

Thank you.

Peg

Don Emmerich said...

Peg,

It's really nice to connect with you. I think I know your friend; at least I know many (many, many, many) people like her.

I agree that we're not like Jesus, but, as I'm sure you'll agree, that's not an excuse to to support mass-murder, torture, etc. I'm certainly not enlightened, but I can still understand that such actions are wrong.

It sounds like you're on a good path. Keep seeking after truth and love. I hope we can continue this dialogue in the future.

Don