Have you heard that Madalyn Murray O’Hair has petitioned the FCC to remove all Christian broadcasting from the airwaves? That rumor has been going around for over twenty years. It still comes around from time to time – even though she died several years ago.
Well, maybe it’s not her – but we all know that others are out to get us Christians. They want to ban Christmas or at least “Christmas” (the word) from our winter celebrations.
Other folks think Christians are abysmally ignorant, easily led or manipulated, adherents of a worn out, dilapidated faith.
We respond to our enemies with law suits and attempts to get people fired.
Have you noticed we’re not the only ones who think that way? Check out this story from Sudan. I confess that I have the same thought some of the Sudanese officials had. How silly!
Being easily insulted is not a sign of strength. It’s a sign of fear and weakness, a sign of a lack of confidence. We sometimes mock the Muslims who get upset over cartoons or teddy bears. I think we need to consider our own propensity to handle insult poorly before we spend too much effort mocking others.
I think you’re right, Richard. I used to think that the way you differentiated between conservatives and liberals was that conservatives could laugh at themselves. Now it seems that conservatives take themselves way too seriously too. Or maybe it was always that way and I just was blissfully ignorant. Doesn’t 1 Corinthians 13 say that love is not easily insulted? … Yes, verse 5. I am sitting here in one of my most precious possessions … the recliner in which my dad sat most of the time, during his battle with cancer, and in which he passed away. I remember that, by example, he taught me the value of being able to laugh at yourself. He had a very dry sense of humor, usually directed at himself and his own blunders, and I absorbed his sense of humor, I guess. When we cease to be able to make fun of ourselves, we have way too exaggerated a sense of our own importance.
No, we shouldn’t ridicule the sacred, but we also need to be able to differentiate between the sacred and our own “sacred cows.”
Great point. I think this goes well with you other post about the Golden Compass. What does it say about the faith of Christians that are so distressed when a single movie, song, or book causes them to think the end of the world is near. Great post!