Orthodox Christianity has become extreme – or, so I’m told. This week, I was mentioned multiple times on the internet for holding “scary” and “fringe” views. But, just what justified this designation? Well, I hold to the Orthodox Christian view of marriage and family. In other words, I don’t support the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, and Questioning agenda. I believe in tolerance; but I don’t support the philosophical assumptions of the LGBTQ community.
Similarly, a British High Court last week deemed a Christian couple unfit to house foster children. Why? Because the couple refuses to condone homosexuality. This couple has exemplified the Scriptural mandate to “look after orphans,” sacrificially raising 15 foster children, in addition to their own four. Yet, the UK’s Equality and Human rights Commission deemed this couple’s Christian moral views to be infectious and requiring quarantine.
Christian morals have served as the foundation for all of Western law and civilization for centuries. They served as the impetus for the abolition of slavery; provided the basis for human rights; and created the most prosperous and free societies the world has ever known. Yet now, Christian morals are deemed dangerous and extreme.
But, it’s not just moral objections to homosexuality that’s earned Christianity these labels. I was stunned this week to read a letter to the editor in my local paper, labeling certain school board candidates “extremist thinking.” What was their extreme thought? Well, the author of the letter suspects these candidates might actually believe God created the universe!
These candidates aren’t even advocating that the schools require teaching Intelligent Design or Creationism. They’re being slammed simply because one of the candidates admitted he might teach his children that an intelligent being created the universe. Two others, the letter states, attend a church where the pastor announced he didn’t believe in evolution. I mean, having ties to Reverend Jeremiah Wright who publicly damned America is one thing; but, having ties to a pastor who doubts evolution? Now, that’s grounds for political disqualification.
Stunning, isn’t it? For decades, so-called new atheists, gay rights activists, and liberal intellectuals have been slowly and consistently denigrating Orthodox Christianity. They hype examples of wrong-headed religiously motivated violence. But, they conveniently ignore Christian charity and relief work – and families whose faith in God saved them from divorce or personal destruction. These anti-Christian activists have created a new normal where Christianity is bad and discriminating against Christians is not only condoned, but encouraged.
I suppose this shouldn’t surprise or dishearten Christians. Jesus told us we would be “hated by everyone” because of him. But he also said, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.” Rejoicing when reviled – now, that is extreme. But, it’s the kind of extremism we truly can embrace.