Christian Persecution, Or Christian Persecution Complex?

Jean Léon Gérôme, The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer (1883)

I don’t like to see people suffer, even people I dislike. I don’t believe that turnabout is fair play. I don’t believe that two wrongs make a right.

So, I read Rod Dreher’s opinion piece entitled “Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country” with a mixture of sadness and concern.

On the one hand, I don’t like the thought of anyone feeling persecuted (not that Christians are going to be persecuted in post-Obergefell America, but still).

On the other hand, the entire essay made me want to scream, “THAT’S WHAT WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO TELL YOU ALL ALONG“.

Or, as one of my Facebook friends said, “Isn’t the closet fun?”

“‘[Orthodox Christians] are going to have to learn how to live as exiles in our own country. We are going to have to learn how to live with at least a mild form of persecution. And we are going to have to change the way we practice our faith and teach it to our children, to build resilient communities.” — Rod Dreher, writing for Time

I know that those of us on the Left have our share of problems. But the lack of self-awareness among people on the Right — plainly on view the past few days — is staggering.

2 thoughts on “Christian Persecution, Or Christian Persecution Complex?

  1. kalalaumango

    staggering? resilient? richard, i enjoy that, yet, when i was sustaining myself as a manner of resilience when walking through AR, LA, AL, MI and FL, there were a lot of boiled peanuts as my GLBT colleagues were busy partying it up. i’m very happy for same sex couples to celebrate their relations and union and love, but i’m reflecting on boiled peanuts as a gustatory representation of the south when i know there is so much more. was there really such a concerted effort to hate in your “neck of the woods”?

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