Convenient Christianity

"I saw her standing there and I told her she had three beautiful children. She didn't have to get angry. It was an honest mistake."

“I saw her standing there and I told her she had three beautiful children. She didn’t have to get angry. It was an honest mistake.”

Check out the caption on this picture (to the right) that popped up on my Twitter feed the other day.

At first, sure … it’s clever. But if you’re a Christian, it’s inexcusable.

I don’t care how outraged you are over 9/11, Islamic jihad, or the threat of Sharia law, to suggest that an innocent child looks like a sack of trash is disgusting. I understand the real target here is the perceived ridiculousness of the Islamic dress code, but inside that burqa is a little girl, and beneath countless burqa across the world children can be found who:

  • have had their genitals mutilated
  • are denied the opportunity to obtain education
  • are forced into a marriages (and sex) as early as nine years old, often to men three to four times their age
  • will find themselves in abusive marriages with no legal or societal recourse

Sure, I believe the majority of Muslims reject these obscene human rights violations, but Christians, no matter how righteous our indignation, can’t ignore that this is a culture full of hurting, hopeless people.

You can’t pick and choose who you express the love of Christ to. It isn’t a commandment of convienience, in fact, if you’ll remember, it was His second greatest commandment. When He commanded us to “love one another,” He meant everyone: people who don’t look like you, live like you, vote like you, and, yes … even those who wage jihad against you.

It’s a tall order, and one with which I admittedly struggle, but Christ also gave us a reason to love one another. It’s a reason that makes the unnatural act of loving our enemies beautifully rewarding, and I think it’s something a lot of Christians — likely, most of us — forget:

“I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.” — John 15:11

It’s not surprising that there are so many angry, joyless, bitter Christians walking around, not to mention an increasing number of non-believers who are repelled — repulsed, actually — by the way we approach our world.

Without love, we’re nothing.


2 thoughts on “Convenient Christianity

  1. Linda Bull says:

    Thank you for standing up for the unknown persons who are the objects of such a callous attempt at comedy! Compassion and empathy are essential elements of good character. We should all strive to develop these elements of character to their highest level. And yes, it IS a “tall order.” 🙂

  2. Mike Vondran says:

    Christian’s should be known for their love. This does not mean you don’t at times speak out against things that displease God. However, if we understand the depths of the Grace we’ve received … we should also be gracious with others. God throughout scripture alternates between gentle shepherd, and one who goads you back onto the right path (my word is like a double edged sword … piercing… separating bone and marrow ….). Watch Jesus as He deals with different folks. Some, He’s very tender with; other’s He comes out bluntly. Just watch Him with the disciples. I love His interactions with Peter … telling Peter the hard truths, and then following immediately with encouragement. Speaking the truth in love is an art that can only be learned once we understand the depths of our need for grace. Until we recognize that, we will always come across as arrogant, hypocritical, and holier-than-thou. We have to be humble and not try and play god. Only with His Holy Spirit guidance can we be led when and where and what to say when interacting with others … using our own wisdom, we just become the very thing we love to condemn.

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