As a Christian, I would like random sects of Christianity to stop saying stupid things.
I’m tired of looking foolish– because I’m somehow associated with people who can’t seem to stop pounding their Bible long enough to read it. (1 Thessalonians 5:2 “For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”)
I wonder why some people seem to get this treatment and others don’t. Granted, (some) Christians like doing crazy things and attract this negative attention for all of us. Thanks a lot.
Other groups, however, seem to get away with things. While Christians get blamed for the Crusades, Atheists don’t seem to get reminded of Stalin’s reign… Somehow, it is politically correct to be prejudiced against Christians.
Although, I will mention, that I imagine Muslims feel our pain as in our post-9/11 world Muslims have been targeted due to their own extremist sects. I was in public school for 9/11. The next day a Muslim boy came to school wearing an American flag t-shirt. My mom noticed this because she had dropped me off to school. She had commented, “look at him. It’s like he’s saying he’s an American. That he’s not one of those people.” She was right.
It’s interesting the groups we find ourselves a part of. And every group has its extremists: liberals, conservatives, Christians, Muslims, atheists, breast-feeders, vegetarians, and the list goes on. Let’s not judge everyone by the extremists in their group. Let’s see what happens to the world when we judge each person only by their own actions and words.
The world might be a better place.