Dave Daubenmire — The Defamation of Christianity
It is a good thing that Jesus has risen from the grave or He would certainly be rolling over in it.I find it hard to believe that He would drag that cross up Golgotha so that what He stood for could be so miss-represented around the world.Everything He stood for is under attack and much of the attack is a result of His followers being so un-like Him.It is hard to write this without coming off as self-righteous.
All I can say is that it is not my intention. Christianity is a journey, not a destination. All of us who wish to follow Him must “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.” Please count me among those who are still a work in progress.Calling oneself a “Christian” today has become meaningless. Because the characteristics of a true follow of Jesus have become so murky, the label has become nothing more distinctive than identifying oneself as an American.But even that term, “American”, is foggy. I am an American. But so was Jeffrey Dahmer, Al Capone, Bill Ayers, Jane Fonda, and Margaret Sanger. Nationality, in most cases, is determined by birth, rather than by belief. You can hate America and still be an American.But Christianity is a different bird. You are Christian by choice, never by birth. You can be an American and hate Christianity, but you can not be a Christian and hate your fellow man.Christianity has been hi-jacked. It has become nothing more than the wing of a political party.Christianity is neither rightwing nor left wing. True Christianity is the heart of the Eagle…the heartbeat of America if you will. Those firm foundations are still responsible for keeping the Eagle in the air. The dipping of the wings only rock the boat.I don’t know if you have noticed, but there is a whole lot of shakin’ going on.To defame is to “to attack the good name or reputation of; slander; libel.” The defamation of Christianity is happening before our very eyes and our vision is too myopic to even recognize it.But it is not Christianity they are defaming. It is the One whose name the religion bears that is being slandered………..