NOTE from 2021: When I noticed my blog was getting hacked in February of 2020 I did some quick fixes and somehow all of my draft posts from the previous 16 years ended up assigned to that month. This is one of those posts. I used the context to “guess” when I actually wrote it so if anything about this publication date seems off to future me…I wanted this note here to explain possible errors.
Whenever I heard people in the media talking about how Christians are being persecuted in our country I’m always really taken aback because, in my mind, Christianity seeps into every part of my daily life in this country…and it’s not even my religion.
I sometimes think that maybe Christians take for granted how lucky they are to be the very VERY strong spiritual majority they are in this country. I mean, for starters, there are two references to their God in nationally recognized symbols: 1) Money and 2) The Pledge of Allegiance.
Replace the use of “God” there with “Allah” or “Surya” and there would be quite an uproar. Try to take the word “God” off the money or out of the pledge of allegiance, and you’ve got quite an uproar. So, while it may feel like Christianity is being persecuted as the legal definition of marriage is does not now legally reflect some Christian definitions, I think the religion is still far from being persecuted.
30% of our country is not Christian. There is a small percentage of that group that is religious in some capacity so maybe the use of “God” on our Money and in our Pledge of Allegiance doesn’t alienate them because they can imaging their God when saying/reading it. But 22.8% of us are “unaffiliated” meaning that we have no God, so to speak. Yet we see it’s reference WITHIN OUR GOVERNMENT SYMBOLS daily.
Now lets talk about politicians. Pay attention this election to how many reference their Faith and their God. And the vast majority (if not all) will Christian. In 2012 there was a survey where people were asked that if their associated policy had a valid nominee in every way but that nominee was also _________, would they vote for them still. do you know what scored the least? Atheists. Do you know what that means in terms of the likelyhood I’ll ever see anyone in office that reflects my own spirituality? NEVER. I mean, I voted for Obama, I still very much support him, yet he still references his God and his Faith in every big speech he does. And while he’s my president that I supported TWICE, I still find that alienating.
Yet every day I still see people in the media and online claiming their religion is making them persecuted. How they need to fight for their religion and I get very defensive because I feel like every day I’m having to have some conversation with my kids about Christianity because it permeates every part of our lives.
Dear Christians Who Feel Persecuted,
My own president who I voted for twice, still pisses me off by how often he references your religion in his speeches. Your God is referenced on my money. My kids say the pledge before school every day and it references your God. Also, do you know how hard it is to find an affordable day care in the South that isn’t backed by a religious organization? Impossible. Even the expensive private day care we used when we could afford it said a prayer from your religion before every meal.
I don’t really stress about the permeation of Christianity in my life because most of my friends and
Note from 2021: Another entry that seems unfinished but I’m keeping it anyway because it’s a good look into my brain.