Thursday, August 05, 2010
But I think I understand where it is coming from.
As I read over various blogs and Facebook pages, and I watch the more "fundamental" Christians make their case, it is easy to see where the source of frustration lies.
They are confused about how they got to this place.
The arguments they have developed against homosexuality make perfect and absolute sense in the boxes of their churches and sub-culture. As they sit listening to themselves in their echo chambers, their positions clearly ring true.
But then they take their arguments outside of the box.... and the public at large is not as easily convinced. The public wants justification. The public wants reason.
There was a time in American history, when Christianity clearly held the trump cards over society. The only reason it needed was "the bible says so" and the conversation ended.
Now society talks back. It wants a well-rounded, articulated position.
Christianity now needs to justify itself. It has to give cause. Christian voices must engage the public. The ability to coerce has given way to the need to convince.
This is such a downgrade of public authority that it is being misinterpreted by many as persecution.
It's not.... it's leveling the playing field.
A substantial portion of the Christian community is having to learn new speech patterns. The booming voice of authority doesn't work anymore; it has become hollow.
President Obama explained well how religious dialog needs to occur in the public square:
"Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason. I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God's will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all."
Christians are not being persecuted, many are simply having to learn to play with others in a game in which they no longer get to set the rules.
Here is Pat Robertson's take on yesterday's events. He thinks life is pretty unfair at the moment.
Posted by Andrew at 10:06 AM