Now they all posted our flyers (thanks!), but their hesitancy was something to consider.
Some will interpret that hesitancy as proof of a secular war on religion. I think that’s baloney. In fact, that self-serving explanation is another symptom of the larger problem.
Religion today has somehow become associated with the worst tendencies of human nature. Intolerance Judgmental. Divisiveness.
A recent Gallup Poll shows that people’s confidence in religion went from 68% in 1975 to 48% in 2013. While their confidence in the military has gone from 58% to 76% over the same period.
These trends indicate the high level of fear present in our society today. When fears run high, the most regressive and reactionary voices sound the loudest. Those voices have helped push the Christian voice in particular, far afield of what Jesus actually taught.
Jesus teaching spoke to the best in human nature. Jesus called us to live up to our best, not down to our worst. We are at our best, living to our fullest, when we reflect God’s nature.
How do we do that? Jesus didn’t teach fear. He taught love, acceptance, forgiveness. Compassion for the poor. Mercy for the downtrodden.
Jesus said, over and over again, “Fear not!” In fact, it’s the first things the heavenly messengers declare in the Bible.
This is what we need to hear today.