I rail often here about Christians and their insincerity. Yeah, sure — low hanging fruit and all but — but even low hanging fruit tastes good and has some nutritional value. So I’ll pick it.
Simple fact: Most American Christians know virtually nothing about their professed faith. They’ve NEVER read ‘The Bible’. Most have never picked one up — except to have in their hands like everyone else — at a church service they did not want to be at.
What they DO know about the supposedly foundational texts at the core of their belief system are the selected phrases of those using the bible for their own messaging purposes. For instance: ‘Do unto others — before THEY do unto you first’.
Then there’s the whole ‘pick-n-choose’ quality of American Christianity. Some rules they like, others not so much. You’d think they were choosing sides at a fast food restaurant instead of the ‘Rules’ by which they would live. ‘I don’t know — murder’s horrible and all but if you really have to…’.
Maybe the perfect illustration of how most American Christians really feel about their faith comes from one of my favorite movies ‘Clockwork Orange’.
Alex is a heartless criminal. He’s murdered a woman after a whole ‘career’ of causing havoc and finally, he’s ‘paying for it’. In prison he appears to all like a model prisoner bent on reforming himself. The Prison Chaplin sees Alex reading the bible (or ‘bibble’). Assumes he’s taking ‘the right lessons’ from it. However…
If the Jesus ‘story’ was true (meaning — all the window dressing added on to Jesus’ very simple message) — and Jesus DID have a second coming and returned to earth — ALEX would be how most American Christians would think of and ‘approach’ Jesus — not as his follower but as his tormentor.