Friday, January 19, 2007

A rabbi's warning to U.S. Christians

Daniel Lapin, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi warns that Christianity in the United States may be driven underground if Christians don't stand up for their rights. He draws a haunting parallel between the anti-Christian goings on in the current media (including a long list of books on the "danger" of the "religious right", read, Christians) and the propaganda that preceded the Holocaust. Intriguingly, he points out that if the same books were so blatantly anti-Semetic, we would all, rightly, be up in arms.

He cites some books in the past that have changed the way America thinks, such as Uncle Tom's Cabin and Silent Spring. Whole ways of thought were changed by books such as these. He points out that behaviors such as smoking or drinking and driving, have been changed en masse by movments such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and past and current anti-smoking campaigns. Who are we to think that mainstream Christianity could not go a similar course?

It can happen to Christianity. In fact, it is happening. Brace yourself. Is Christianity worth standing up for? Is it worth holding on to?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the post and pointing out this article. So many Christians seem to prefer blinders than to consider the possibility of this. Just found your blog--will be back.

4HisChurch said...

Thanks, Rosemary! Welcome!

marie said...

There are too many people out there who think that people pleasing is the same as pleasing God. NO! The two are seperate and at times diametrically opposed.

To many are appeasing the worldly and call it 'inclusive spirituality'. Many Catholics believe that Wicca is a legitimate spirituality others practice the enneagram and so on....What can one do when even Priests and Nuns buy into this lingo...*shakes my head*

Peace

Marie

4HisChurch said...

I think its naive to think that "modernity" has no effect on modern Catholics. Unfortunately, it does. But, the Lord promised that "the gates of hell will not prevail against (the Church)." We must hang onto that promise.

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