Why are Christians hated and discriminated against?
Why are Christians hated and discriminated against because of their beliefs?
I find it interesting in this world of “tolerance” and love of “diversity”, there is none of that offered to Christians. Folks are tolerant of everyone and everything else, but not of Christians. Christians (or at least the brand I’m talking about) believe that the Bible is the Word of God and that it is the guide for the way we live. We believe it to be inerrant and infallible. That’s what we base our lives on. We don’t make the rules, we follow the rules. However we don’t make OTHERS follow this if they don’t want to.
I think one misconception – or maybe it’s not a misconception, I think it’s purposefully put out there by people who just don’t like us – is that anything we disagree with, we hate. Some think that anything we think is wrong (according to Scripture), we hate. If we don’t like a behavior or lifestyle – whether it be premarital sex, abortion, homosexuality, drug use -then we must hate the people. Well, I’m here to say THAT IS NOT TRUE!
I know some folks are angry that I don’t want the gay agenda forced into the public schools. Is that because I don’t like gays? NO. It’s just that I don’t think the public school is the place where that should be addressed. Parents should have the say over what their kids are taught regarding those issues. I also would not like pre-marital sex forced on the kids. I don’t want them taught that pre-marital sex – whether it be gay or not – is an acceptable choice. But does that mean I hate all the people who have pre-marital sex? Of course not. If so, I wouldn’t have many friends.
I’m against abortion and I don’t want it taught to my kids as an acceptable option, but that doesn’t mean I hate people who have abortions. I just wish that people would realize that we may stand FOR or AGAINST something, based on our belief system, but it does not mean we hate the people. Why can’t our beliefs be tolerated?
Do you know how many Christians are involved in charities, ministries, and organizations that help the very people we are accused of hating? Christians are very giving people, and in fact, a study was done not long ago that showed Conservatives (specifically Christians) were the most giving, charitable people.
I know some people find that surprising, but it’s true. The reason we find it surprising is because it’s been drummed into our heads by the mainstream media that liberals are the compassionate, giving ones, when in fact, the opposite is true.
As far as the school situation goes, it’s not only Biblical issues that I speak out against in our public schools. Frankly, I’m a firm believer that parents know what is best for their kids, not the gov’t and the schools. We don’t need the gov’t to tell us what a kid can eat or drink for lunch. We don’t need gov’t to teach them how to put on condoms. Let us, the parents, decide that. I want the school to teach my kids the basics (the three R’s), some discipline, and respect for authority, and let me handle the rest.
Now I’m sure a few will say “Some kids don’t have good parents and they won’t be taught all the right things, therefore the school needs to do it”. Well, if that’s the case, then that kid’s got a bigger problem than the school can handle and the proper authorities need to be contacted to look into it.
So now you know why I don’t want the gay agenda in the public school – NOT because I hate gays, but because it’s just not the school’s job.
What about the lack of tolerance for our beliefs. As I said above, we have beliefs, but we do NOT force them on others. And before anyone screams, “Yes you do force them on others!!”, sit back and think about that statement. Do we really? We may mention or discuss our beliefs. We may DO or NOT DO certain things (drinking, partying, whatever) based on our beliefs. We may like “under God” in the pledge. We may think abortion and homosexuality is against Scripture. We may think ‘sleeping around’ is also against Scripture. But do we FORCE that on people? No. No one has to convert to our beliefs. No one has to say “under God” in the pledge if they don’t want to. Everyone is able to live how they want to live – sex, booze, and whatever else they want. And what happens if they don’t do as we Christians like???? Nothing. Absolutely nothing! We won’t kill you. We won’t demand you be jailed. We won’t give you the finger. We’ll do…nothing. In fact, we still love you and want to be your friend. Maybe we’ll pray for you too, but that’s about it.
So why do some folks see us as such a threat and say we’re dangerous and hateful?
Why do those same folks think we should tolerate the Muslim beliefs? Muslims treat their women horribly, advocate killing gays, advocate killing people who don’t convert to their religion, and people still speak up for their right to have a differing culture and opinion? Why aren’t those same folks defending Christians’ rights?
So many people have strong beliefs about things and they’re very passionate, and they all get defended for that, except for Christians.
PETA has strong views and actually goes over the line sometimes in how they protest those who don’t agree (throwing paint on people), but everybody excuses it because of their ‘passion’ and their strong belief in something that matters to them.
The same can be said about some extreme environmentalists who go to unbelievable measures to get their points across.
If they can be excused for their passion, and their views can be respected, then why can’t Christians be treated the same way? Why do they call it hate on our part? We really believe what we believe, so why can’t they tolerate us?
I guess I just don’t get how folks can tolerate a religion that would kill them and not tolerate a religion that just disagrees with them.