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Sun Nov 26, 2017, 08:08 AM

Heres why right-wing Christians believe theyre the most persecuted people in America



Given the reality of other people’s lives, a widespread Evangelical perception of their group as mass victims reveals a lack of empathy that should make thoughtful believers cringe. And indeed, Alan Nobel, managing editor of Christ and Pop Culture, and a professor at Oklahoma Baptist University, wrote a pained analysis this summer of what he called Evangelical persecution complex. Nobel contrasted the privileged position of American Christians with the real and serious persecution Christian minorities experience under ISIS, for example, and he examined the ways in which victimization can become a part of Christian identity to the detriment of Christians and outsiders alike. What he neglected to spell out clearly was the extent to which the Bible itself sets up this problem.

Christianity, born in the harsh desert cultures of the Middle East, got its start by defining itself in opposition to both Judaism and the surrounding pagan religions of the Roman empire. Consequently, from the get-go teachings emerged that helped believers deal with the inevitable conflict, by both predicting and glorifying suffering at the hands of outsiders. Indeed, persecution was framed as making believers more righteous, more like their suffering savior. Long before the Catholic Church made saints out of martyrs, a myriad of texts encouraged believers to embrace suffering or persecution, or even to bring it on.

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In the case of Christianity, the theology of persecution serves to give the faithful hope. It inspires persistence in the face of hardship, including the many hardships that life brings on all of us through no fault of our own. But it has also blinded generations of believers to the possibility that sometimes the hardships they face are due not to their faith or evildoers hating Jesus, but to the fact that they hit first. And sometimes the bewildering hostility they perceive may simply be something that the theology of persecution set them up to expect, whether it is there or not.


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50 Shades Of Blue Nov 2017 #2
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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sun Nov 26, 2017, 08:16 AM

1. Growing up Catholic I was taught that suffering gets you a higher place in heaven.

 

I am now a practicing Buddhist and see suffering as something we all do but it isn't going to get you anything special.

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Response to wasupaloopa (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 26, 2017, 09:57 AM

3. Suffering is the cross that all good Christians bear...

 

I'm just repeating what I heard someone say once about her drinking.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sun Nov 26, 2017, 09:49 AM

2. They get off on feeling persecuted!

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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 26, 2017, 10:48 AM

4. Theyll get even higher in coming decades

After four years of Donnie, they’re going to find themselves associated with the greed, indifference, wanton cruelty, and bigotry of the worst presidential administration in American history.

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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 26, 2017, 01:53 PM

5. It does say "in America." n/t

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