courtesy: www.TurnBackTo God.comDear Ones:
It was inevitable, I suppose. After weeks of alternately avoiding the subject and tons of obfuscation, the bastions of energized and often angry ones collectively known as the 'OCCUPY WALL STREET' crowd have come clean.
They are finally freely admitting and publicly sharing their 'distaste' for any and all things 'Christian', a paradigm now apparently flouted, in this day and age, as a 'last acceptable prejudice'.
I call this radical display 'CHRISTIANOPHOBIA'.
We live in an 'era' of lexicon, especially on the Internet, where people just love their invectives and this seems to be the latest.
Christians make good targets, of course. Attacking 'real' Christians is safe, because you just KNOW they are going to have to forgive you, right?
In fact, when I was a uniform-wearing member of The Salvation Army, there were times when a few particularly not-so-passive-but-very aggressive 'donor's would play a game wherein they would 'see how long they could taunt the lady (myself) in the uniform'.
Me being me, this was not much of a challenge, save for the fact that I wondered how those so generous with their goods and money could be so very spare with kindness and decency.
If nothing else, the experience left me with a resilience I didn't know I had (thank you God in Christ for Your Holy Spirit).
And it leaves me 'better able' to tolerate the blatant 'Christianophobia' manifested by so many in the OCCUPY WALL STREET movement.
But is this any way for the OCCUPIERS to gain 'sympathy' and 'support' for the OCCUPY movement? I don't think so.
Marginalizing and even 'bashing' Christians may be fine 'sport' for the 'young uns' in OWS camps across the nation and around the globe, but really....Is this any way to recruit anyone?
Heaven knows, I have never believed a person would want to 'follow' a religion that turns rapidly 'punitive' should the new 'supplicant' prove either unable or unwilling to follow the dictates of a particular religious leader or 'church'.
In fact, I am no FAN of organized religion, at all, and prefer to follow the dictates of my Lord Jesus, with the understanding that we all fall short, one way or another.
You'll not hear me preaching in the 'holier than thou' mode, for the most part. I always remember that not only was I 'bought at a price', but that for the first 37 years of my life I was a proud atheist/agnostic, myself.
However, unlike the OWS OCCUPIERS, I felt no need then, during my 'Godless years' to disparage any religions, being perfectly satisfied with a 'live and let live' philosophy.
Then I read here LINK: http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupy-christianity/ of a major resurgence of anti-Christian sentiment, coupled with not a small degree of 'ageism' by a group of young people who don't realize the folly of their own prejudices.
Maybe 'older age' makes me philosophical and pliable enough to weather things and I may feel no need to 'do' anything, save making this 'simple declaration'.
So to this, I say that the OWS attitude towards us as Christians is 'CHRISTIANOPHOBIC TO THE MAX' and I do pray that everyone involved realizes it---
FOR ALL OUR SAKES.
With Love in Christ
Rev. Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"