Dean Kahn’s question for yesterday solicited readers for their attitude towards Muslims. I assume it was to lay groundwork for the Herald’s upcoming Public can learn of Muslims series. However, being an unmoderated and mostly anonymous comment section, any attempt to garner real cross sectional opinion regarding attitude towards Muslims was predestined to be a dismal failure. And it was. Oh, there were attitudes a plenty, and even some were about Muslims, but even more were about Christians. Here’s one that caught my eye.
The anti Christian atitudes that abound in these comments is simply the reaction to having born again theology crammed down our throats and the church skewing the lines between government and religion. I was raised Protestant and though I grew up and got a brain, I never felt anger towards my fellow Christians until in the 80’s when the whole absurd born again movement started. Now I see them for what they are, clearly delusional lunatics.
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The anti-Christian message wasn’t what caught my eye, it was the lack of understanding of the Christian faith by someone claiming to have grown up Protestant. Born again didn’t originate in the 80’s. It may have had a resurgence during the late disco age, but the actual origin of the born again movement can be traced back about 2000 years.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (John 3:3-7)
Born again is at the heart of Christianity. It is not a doctrine that is to be crammed down anyone’s throat; it is merely a statement of fact, uttered by Christ Himself. He explains how things are and providing us with opportunity.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
The Christian message is one of hope, generosity, choice and salvation. All we have to do is ask.
Perhaps tomorrow’s Dean Kahn moment will ask What’s your attitude towards Christians? It seems a more relevant question in a nation founded with Christianity at it heart.