Over the last week, it’s hard to imagine that Christians have any relationship whatsoever to the story of Christ, who was (if you believe the Bible) born a refugee who kept being turned away from people’s homes.
Real or parable, the lesson of Jesus’ birth is that good people should always open their homes to people in need. Unfortunately, that lesson has gone right over right-wing Christians’ heads as they let fear call all the shots.
Not all Christians are fearful of Syrian refugees. This pastor gave America the sermon it needs. In her blog, Danielle Egnew told America, in very non-PC terms, that we are becoming weak and frightened.
Here’s a bit of it:
As a Christian Pastor, I tend to raise an eyebrow at this. Not because of the lack of PC-ness, but because of the repressed anger I’m seeing. Yet this lack of PC discourse seems to be what people need right now. So okay. If that’s what everyone thinks will help — I’ll go there. As a Christian Pastor, and as a white American female, I’ll dump my PC filter and say it like it is in an effort to help us all heal. That seems to be what everyone is calling for.
So here it is.
America, you’ve gone yellow.
You’ve gone from a dignified nation who stood confidently in our identity knowing who we were in our strength while proudly accepting our melting-pot role to the world, able to extend compassion to the world’s citizens when tragedy struck without being intimidated by other religions or ways of life because we were so secure in our own global role — to an hysterical mess of knee-jerk exceptionalism, racism, gross misinformation propelled by our media as we Sheeple just sit back and buy it because educating ourselves takes time and work and lord knows we could be binge-watching ‘Breaking Bad’ instead, and 140-character headlines that are easier to whip into a frenzy than whacking a hornet’s nest with a stick.
She goes on to tell us to grow up and stop acting like “frightened trust fund babies.” She also addresses how America seems addicted to fear and that we need to demonize that which frightens us. Then, she really tears us apart, saying that we terrorize ourselves.
Seriously, it’s a brilliant piece. I wish everyone would read it, and hopefully, wake up.
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