I see a day when I won't be allowed to be a Christian. In my lifetime. Already, I am not allowed to believe what I believe. Apparently, I, and my fellow conservative Christians, are prejudiced on the scale of the KKK for believing that marriage is for one man and one woman. That is what I believe the Holy Bible teaches. But then also, I see a dismissal of the Bible as some random book that Christians use to justify our hate. Sure, that's been done in the past, the present and I'm sure will in the future. For every and any Belief structure. Ever. Not just Christian. But I am starting to see a dismissiveness about the Bible, that frankly I don't see about the Qur'an, the I-Ching, the Tripitaka.
Maybe because in our country, we have a Christian heritage, and there have been so many Christians in our paths that have disappointed or disgusted us. Because we went to Catechism as children, we think we know what Christianity is about. Or we see the radio or tv personality that spends a little too much time talking about homosexuals and not enough about the thousands of other topics we could grow in. And I'm sorry for the spewing they have done. The public shame and hatred. So maybe it's the ole "familiarity breeds contempt."
Maybe we paint ourselves as closed-minded because we have a set of beliefs. And we paint ourselves as hypocritical because we can't follow our beliefs. I know I can't follow what I know. I can't even follow a diet. Our worst offense, I think, is that we don't "accept all faiths." (Although some Christians do.) I'm not even sure what that means. If you are of a religion that doesn't believe Jesus is the Savior, how can you be accepting of Christianity? If you're a Jew and you marry a Christian, how can you accept a religion that is waiting for the Messiah and one that already has one? Unless of course, nobody really believes any of it. Or. You're constantly doing the figurative cocktail party version of religious dialogue. You know,
"How's Ramadan going?"
"Oh fiiiin fine. And your prayer wheels?"
"Oh great. Couldn't be better. Good seeing you!"
"Good seeing you, too."
I see a day coming when this country will join the approximately 40 countries where being Christian is not allowed. Wait. Let me be specific. There are some countries where you are actually not allowed to be Christian or you'll be jailed, tortured and/or killed (Arabia, Iran, Mauritania.) There are others where you can live there as a Christian, but puts severe restrictions (Algeria, Indonesia.) You can have a Bible, but not in the native language. You'd be jailed and/or killed. And then there are countries where you are technically allowed to be a Christian, worship and talk about it but the persecution ranges from pressur to abandon it to attacks and killings (Nigeria, Laos, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Nepal.)
I don't think I'll ever be jailed or tortured for being a Christian here in the US, but I won't be allowed to maintain my religion without being ridiculed and labeled "hateful." Oh wait. That's already happening.