Some ‘Christians’ deserve our wrath and scorn – Prince George Daily News
BY GERRY CHIDIAC
Anger can be a powerful force for good. It can also be extremely destructive, both to ourselves and to the world around us. The key is to understand the anger within and to direct it in a way that will bring about positive change.
Anger comes from a place of fear. We know deep down that something is wrong, but we are overwhelmed by a feeling of helplessness. We often lash out violently in our words and actions and as a result often make the situation worse.
Today there is a lot of anger directed at Christianity. Since the time of Constantine, when Christianity became the official church of the Roman Empire, it has been used as a tool to manipulate and control people into conforming to the prevailing political, social and economic structure. of the time. This resulted in the Crusades, global colonization, child sexual abuse, the residential school system, the subjugation of women, and white Christian nationalism.
Proponents of this philosophy often forget that Jesus of Nazareth, the bearer of the message on which Christianity rests, reserved his harshest words for those who abused religion: “Woe to you, lawyers and Pharisees, hypocrites! . You close the door to heaven in people’s faces. Yourselves, do not enter. (Matthew 23:13)
In other words, the anger towards those who abuse Christianity is justified. These are crimes against humanity, they continue to this day, and they are not without consequences.
But do the actions of some Christians justify us in burning down churches or dismissing anyone who is a Christian as a pedophile and genocide denier? Are we to be consumed with revenge? Can we not take comfort in knowing that these individuals are condemned by their words and actions?
Sure, they should face legal consequences for their crimes, but that only happens when our justice systems aren’t also corrupt. Whether or not these criminals are held accountable, our anger can hopefully lead us to say, “What you are doing is wrong and will lead to your own death. I will leave you in your own cesspool and choose to do better myself.
Are there followers of Jesus of Nazareth who are not corrupted by wealth and power?
According to Jim Wallis, author of God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It, social activism in Christianity is alive and well; it’s just largely ignored by the media because it doesn’t involve violence, sexual exploitation, greed and corruption. Wallis, who comes from an evangelical Christian background, says, “Catholic social teaching is the best kept secret of the Catholic Church.
In fact, the Wall Street Journal once called an official Catholic document “warmed-up Marxism.” And Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, once said, “If you feed the poor, you are a saint. If you ask why they are poor, you are a communist.
If I were to be perfectly honest, I would have to admit that my lifelong activism is not driven by any political ideology; it is fueled and sustained by the desire to be faithful to the message of Jesus, to see each person as a sacred child of God and to build a more just world, whatever the consequences.
As a Middle Eastern Catholic, I come from a tradition, like many Christians, where faith and resistance to political oppression are one and the same.
I am enraged by the violent, abusive and corrupt actions of those who, like me, call themselves Christians. I chose to use this anger as a catalyst to build a fairer society.
When we learn to listen to our anger and filter it through our chosen spiritual tradition, it becomes a powerful force for good. It’s unlikely to make headlines, but it will make the world a better place.