North Korea, a communist country, has up to 70,000 Christians locked away in concentration camps. They are in those camps simply because they are Christian. Christianity has always been the greatest threat to socialist tyranny. Despite the prevalence of Christianity in America, we Christians are losing ground against this tyranny. Many of today’s political activists and politicians are decidedly as Marxist as Kim Jong Un is. What they either don’t know or won’t tell you is that the ultimate cost of their socialist vision is misery heaped on the backs of most of humanity who are living under such governments. The most oppressed of these are most often Christians, as is the case in North Korea, because Judeo-Christian government looks like what the American founders set up for our country. That is, it’s about freedom. The ignorant, the brainwashed, and yes some truly evil people, will spread all sorts of lies about Christians in order to “justify” marginalizing them. This marginalization, taken to its final extreme, is seen in North Korea today. I’ve decided to put together a list of the Top Five Lies Told About Christianity in Political Discourse here in America. I solicited responses on my Facebook page and this is what my friends and I came up with.
1. From Josh May: Lie – “We’re anti-science and refuse to believe in things like evolution, the big bang, the solar-centric model of the solar system, etc.”
They have some traction with this because Christians are not universally science-loving people…just as atheists are not universally science-loving people. I’m not a big science buff, but I understand the scientific method. It was invented by the Catholic Church. You will find some key roots of science in Christianity. Christians believe that all of nature is subject to God. God can do whatever He likes with nature. He is supernatural. Catholics and protestants differ in their views on some scientific questions. Some protestants agree with the Catholic Church on evolution. Others do not. The Catholic view of evolution is that there can be development within a species, but that no species can turn into another species. The Galileo controversy damaged the reputation of the Catholic Church but for the wrong reason. As for the origin of the universe, Catholics and all Christians believe that God created the universe out of nothing. Belief in this does not in any way contradict science despite the claims of those who would like to believe otherwise. Certainly, many scientists disagree with Christians, but also certainly, many scientists will tell you that nothing in known science refutes the claim of Christians on creation.
Again, it is unfortunately true that there are some ignorant people in the world who are also Christians, just as there are ignorant atheists. Salvation is for all people, ignorant or otherwise. If a few Christians make claims about science that are over the top, it does not mean that “Christianity is anti-science” any more than the existence of some ignorant atheists means that atheism is anti-science. A real scientist will investigate to see what Christianity actually teaches about these things, pose a hypothesis about it and then offer evidence. It is quite unscientific, not to mention false and hypocritical, to make blanket claims that “Christianity is anti-science” just because you hate Christianity.
2. From Jennifer Mauney: Lie – “That we are anti-women – both because of the abortion issue and women staying at home with their kids.”
And from Leticia Velasquez: Lie – “We are waging a war on women by denying them the right to abort their babies and contracept thus achieving equality with men.”
Ah yes. Well, if you believe that women’s bodies are inherently flawed because they have uteruses and that this is because of a “mistake” or “fluke” of evolution that has to be “fixed” using “science,” or some such thing, you might get the idea that Christian views on the family are denying women their “equality” with men. Who knows where you get the idea that women have to be like men in order to be “equal” to them? I’ve never been able to figure that one out. The fact is that there are countless women who embrace Christian teaching that all people are equal in dignity, no matter their gender, because our dignity comes from the fact that we are created by a loving God and in His image. Christians believe that men and women have different roles even though they are equal in dignity. Father Z, for example, would make an absolutely HORRIBLE nun, but as a priest, he is quite awesome. In like manner, I cannot be a father to my children…because I’m not a man. These roles are generally based on the fact that we were created by God to have different bodies — not to mention different gifts and strengths and weaknesses — which are suitable for different things. To deny those things about ourselves is to deny the purpose for which God made us. You might say, in fact, that our views are more science-based than yours are because we see our bodies and how they are made and we utilize them in accordance with that. (See #1 claim above.)
3. From David Adams: Lie – “Jesus was a socialist so Christians who aren’t socialists aren’t following Christ.”
How many times do we hear this one every day? I lose count. Jesus was not a socialist any more than he was a conservative. Jesus was/is God. God trumps all that stuff because, you know, He’s God.
When somebody claims something about the person of Jesus,” Bishop Moronta added, “the attitude of believers in Christ must be that which is inspired by the Gospel: a profession of faith, made without hesitation and without fear, not to condemn another, but to invite him to understand what the true meaning of the existence of the person and work of Jesus the Lord is.”
“Therefore, neither a revolutionary, nor a Socialist, nor a hippie, nor a philosopher, nor a Gnostic deity, nor an alien, nor a ghost, nor a myth: Jesus is Lord, the Son of the living God, the Savior, the Word incarnate who has made the mystery and plan of God known to us, the Beginning and the End, the faithful witness, the same today, yesterday and forever,” Bishop Moronta emphasized.
Because Jesus is God. You know? I would posit that the more a socialist grows in his love for Jesus, the less socialist and the more Christian he will be.
4. From Carol Wiggins Malone: Lie – “That we are pathetic because we cling to our guns and our religion? I forget the whole quote but you know what I mean.”
Yes, you’re thinking of a quote that is from Barack Obama himself, and it goes just like this:
You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.
And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
The claim is that people who cling to religion are doing so out of bitterness against the world that we feel has let us down. This is precisely the opposite of what Christianity is. In order to feel that the world has let you down, you have to start with an expectation that the world has something to offer you. Christianity is about understanding that the world is an inherently fallen place that is in need of redemption, and so our hope is not in the world. Our hope is in God. Bitterness also indicates animosity toward the things of the world. This, too, is a false claim about Christianity. We believe in the redemption of the world and we seek to tell people about that redemption so that they, too, can have hope in God. Barack Obama’s claim is completely the opposite of who we really are as Christians. If the claim is that we are violent (guns) or that we are racist, then the claim is even more ignorant. You may not understand the right to self defense or how enjoyable it is to shoot targets and wild game, but this is no reason to claim our intentions are bad. And when people say that they are for enforcing immigration laws, it is not at all reason to claim their intentions are racist. If you ask me, the president was advancing a false conspiracy theory about Christians for political gain. That’s not very Christian of him, is it?
5. From Jason Allred: Lie – “Separation of Church and State is a tenet of the Constitution.”
That one makes me groan every time. I’m not sure why this myth is so widespread but we hear it ad nauseum. For instance, when I mention that the government should not be forcing the Catholic Church to pay for contraception through her insitutions, I hear, “What about separation of church and state?” The reality is that the HHS mandate violates what “separation of church and state” actually is about, and further, the phrase “separation of church and state” is nowhere in the Constitution. The term actually comes from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists who were concerned that a state religion might be established. Historian David Barton lays out the background for the exchange of letters between the Danbury Baptists and Thomas Jefferson. (Click here for that.) It would not be Constitutional for the government to establish Catholicism as the state religion, thereby forcing Mormons, Baptists and Methodists (and everyone else) to reject their faith (or lack of it) and worship in the Catholic Church. That “wall” preventing such a thing is the only “wall” Jefferson was referring to. To suggest that “separation of church and state” means that Christians may not lobby for government to have laws reflecting Christian values is preposterous. America is a republic, not a democracy, but even a “democrat” should know better than to claim that a Christian view should not be considered in law just because it is Christian in nature. Not only is the idea that Christianity cannot be reflected in our laws a notion that is opposed to the Constitution, it is also opposed to the “democratic values” that Democrats claim to hold dear. Shockingly, Democrats like Maxine Waters and others routinely advocate for government to allow the imposition of Sharia Law, the Islamic legal system that is decidedly in direct contradiction to the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, while out of the other side of their mouths they will claim that Christianity should remain only within the walls of the churches. It’s hypocrisy.
By and large, claims against Christianity launched by the Left in America seem to be based on the very bitterness and antipathy that the president claimed is held by people of faith. This bitterness and antipathy comes from ignorance about what Christianity is.
I have been involved in online debates for many years. When I first came online, Bill Clinton, a Democrat, was president. I spent my time online in apologetics forums, debating with non-Catholics about whose church is the true Church. I remember how intense these online debates were, but they were never hostile. No one ever got ugly. No one ever threatened anyone. No one ever exhibited hatred of individuals who simply disagreed with each other. Despite our differences of opinion, which were deep and wide many times, we still loved each other and treated each other with respect. Never would any of us have imagined that we would all be on the same team in such a short amount of time, facing the greatest threat to religious freedom America has ever known. It used to bother me when someone said he was a Methodist, or a Mormon, or a Baptist, but the Left in America has united so strongly against Christianity in all its “flavors” that we have become one in our stand against them. I am grateful to know that Christians share this love for each other in the face of this great trial, but I do so long for the days, even under a Democratic president who I disliked, when we were free to boldly debate our ideas with each other without any fear whatsoever that we might lose our freedom.
America has not merely been transformed. America is dead everywhere but in the hearts of people of faith. It is time for resurrection.