This photo came across my Facebook page, and it reminded me of everything wrong with modern Christianity. At the most basic level, there are only two types of Christians: those who see this picture and are heartbroken because of the sorrow and pain suffered by thousands and those who see this photo and celebrate because they feel that God was on their side and not their enemy’s.
Some of us have bought into a faith that, instead of compassion, revels in the misery and pain of people we consider to be our enemies. This despite the command to love our enemies and to do good to those who hurt us.
And who is our enemy? “ For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.“
Indeed, this type of “attitude” is far more an enemy than any Muslim will ever be because it is directly the result of spiritual wickedness in high places.
People of other faiths–or no faith at all–are not our enemies. Muslims are not our enemies. Atheists are not our enemies. They are our fellow human beings with families, dreams, hopes, and aspirations. And this photo represents lives that were all cut short because of man’s willingness to wage war over material things.
Every piece of rubble in the photo represents a dream that was shattered. But instead of seeing this photo through the eyes of compassion, some of us see it as something to be celebrated because, if they weren’t Christian, then they were our enemies.
How dare we, drunk with the wine of our arrogance, dance on the graves of hundreds of thousands of actual, living, human beings and do so in the name of Christ? If heaven is full of people who only had compassion for Christians and wasn’t moved by the pain of non-believers, then I wouldn’t fit in.
Thankfully, I know that the savior I read about was the same savior who was moved with compassion even for sinners and, instead of reveling in our demise, took our place so that we wouldn’t have to suffer.
There are only two types of Christians in the world today — those who see this picture and are heartbroken because of the sorrow and pain suffered by thousands and those who see this picture and celebrate it because they feel that God was on their side and not their enemy’s.
Which one are you?
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