Eric Metaxas takes to the Wall Street Journal to discuss the vitriol that is received by an author that dare state Christopher Hitchens took faith seriously, even if he did not accept it. Michael Barone takes to Townhall and notes the silence of the social issues in this campaign. Taken together these pieces paint an interesting picture of Christianity under attack and in retreat.
As I reflect on that picture I cannot help but consider that such was the same picture painted when Christ stood for trial before first the religious and then the governmental powers that be – a trial that eventually lead to His execution as a common criminal. It is easy to see the current situation as similar and to paint ourselves as martyrs – but a caution before we do so.
Jesus stood accused of being exactly what He was – God Incarnate, King of the Jews. When accused He could truthfully answer naught else but , “It is as you say.” What are we accused of? Can we answer worthily that we are too much like Christ? Christ’s response to His trial was truthful, but humble and sacrificial. Are we being truthful? Humility and sacrifice is one thing, cowardice and a desire just to fit in are another thing altogether. Which are we being?
Being a publicly engaged Christian on political and intellectual levels at this moment in history has an Elijah at Horeb sort of feel to it. But just because I feel like Elijah, it does not make me a prophet. That is an office earned the hard way.
Are we up for it?