If anyone has any doubts that Christians and the Christian faith are fair game for ridicule, slander, prejudice and hatred, read, if you can stomach it, the blasphemous pseudo-news parody at The Onion. It’s an old story that has been popping up on other feeds in the past day or two. I’d never seen it before and wish I never had. And may I suggest that as you do so, please substitute “Mohammed” for “Christ” and “Allah” for “God” at every instance. Then ask yourself if any publication would have the guts to insult and defame the “Religion of Peace” so boldly? I thought not. Those poor, peaceful Muslims are always getting a bum rap aren’t they?
While I understand the backlash the Dr. George Tiller murder has caused among non-Christians and abortion supporters, I am not going to sit around and flagellate myself, and try and atone for the sins of one mentally disturbed nut job with a gun. It’s the Christian’s duty to fight abortion with non-violence and passive resistance; it’s the Lord’s job to judge the soul of an unrepentant murdering abortionist and the vigilante who acted out his inner demons.
As Christians we came into this hostile world never expecting a smooth ride. Our Lord and Saviour himself promised us persecution in John 15:18-21,
If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you… If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you… because they do not know Him who sent Me.
It’s hard for me or anyone not to feel angry when such a shameful display of contempt is heaped upon the Son of God. But we have to remember that our God loved the very creatures who beat, mocked and crucified him. I think He can handle The Onion just fine.