Finished the novel I was editing (no, not mine, someone else’s) and am celebrating by, well, getting onto the next thing. Including reestablishing my presence here.
Although several things happened over the last few weeks that I’ve wanted to blog on, those that stick out the most are the ones I’m going to gripe about. Namely, the behavior of so-called “Christians” – the one who works for Windstream Publishing, the one who’s been trying to kill his wife, and the ones who apparently don’t have jobs.
A note: I am Christian. And I am Catholic. And although, having been raised Protestant, I have more than a little “God helps those who helps themselves” influence wired into my brain, I also believe that it’s a sign of weak faith for people to take matters into their own hands, try to control a situation’s outcome or even other people. Whatever happened to prayer?
That people stand outside Terri Schiavo’s hospice, praying for her, is encouraging and positive. It’s the people who deride and threaten and hate that scare me, because they seek to divide rather than unite. In the same way that people who blow up abortion clinics make all pro-lifers look bad, and that priests who abused children undermined everything the good priests did for their communities and their Church, these “Christians” make it easier for non-Christians to hate us. Then what? We could all go around beating our breasts about persecution? Oh, wait – don’t those people already cry persecution when things don’t go their way – prayer is removed from schools, or a menorah is erected beside a Nativity scene?
Non-Christians believe Christians are intolerant because a tiny minority is allowed to speak and act for all of us, to perpetuate myths about our beliefs. Unfortunately, the media love controversy, and with more of them focusing on religion than they did prior to the election, they will go where the ratings lie – to the protestors.
Which leaves Christians with one of the hardest challenges of all: turn the other cheek. Not to promote a groundswell of “proving” to the media and to everyone else how good we are; but to take what is evil in the world and make something good of it. One of the greatest examples of this kind of courage was the Ten Boom family, who humbled themselves for Christ’s sake. Surprisingly, often love really is enough.