I’m gonna have a rant.
I just…I can’t. This stuff pisses me off. I’m no longer Christian myself but I grew up in it, still partake in a lot of the customs, have a great deal of respect for the faith- it’s all around me, all right? And yet when it comes to defending Christian comments, half the time I just can’t bring myself to do it because they say such ridiculous bullshit, about their religion , their position in the world, and how other people are supposedly hurting them. They so often say absolutely indefensible stuff.
Christianity (the many variations) is a HUGE religion. With tons of power. And yes, there are places in the world where being Christian can get you killed, hurt, oppressed. There is also no excuse for being a dick to someone just because of their religion, and there is no reason Christians shouldn’t be protected by common decency.
But if you are in a place where Christians are the majority, where Christian holidays are also national holidays, where Christian culture is prevalent, where Christian influences are so widespread that even the non-Christians automatically exclaim ‘Jesus Christ!’ when they stub their toe, then you have to realise that the world you live in is tailored to YOUR religion.
It’s all about YOU. YOU are the most important. YOU come first.
So have the decency not to act like you’re persecuted. Have the decency to give others space. Realise, for heaven’s sakes, that you are much safer than people of other religions, or people whose identities, lifestyles or beliefs directly contradict Christianity.
Even as you defend yourself against prejudice (which you should), realise that at the end of the day you’re still the one with the most power. Pick your battles accordingly. Better yet, instead of battling, how about giving? Giving up some of your room, giving up some of your power, sharing that huge pile of privilege that you have. Sharing’s a Christian concept, if you recall. So is equality.
Christianity is taught as a religion of the downtrodden, the persecuted, of those seeking truth in love instead of greed- but look around you before you claim to be persecuted, look around before you claim to be going against the current. You are numerous- be glad about it and TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT. Stop living in a fantasy of righteousness, pretending you’re being persecuted when you are really the most powerful group out there. Stop trying to be the biggest, the most important, at the cost of others. Stop being so bloody greedy!
And while you’re doing that, reconsider whether the derivations of Christian culture we see in the secular and commercial world really have anything to do with your religion, and whether they are beneficial to anyone but factory owners. A prime example is ‘Christmas’, which I’m afraid no longer means ‘Birth of Christ’, but ‘Winter Party with Presents’, and that is chiefly the fault of Christians themselves. No one stole the holiday- you gave it away, imposed it on everyone and anyone, allowed it to become a mockery of its true meaning, and are now so confused that you can’t tell the difference between your own Saviour and a plastic reindeer.
So you rage and defend the reindeer and cry persecution, all the while insisting the holiday is inclusive- but don’t anyone dare call it a holiday because it’s Christmas and you won’t be cowed by heathens.
Baby Jesus wept.