The Difference Between Criticism and Persecution
I know I’m not the first person to comment on this, but I feel the need to do so anyway because it annoys the nonexistent Hell out of me. There is an immeasurably large difference between criticizing someone and persecuting them. Criticism is disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings. Persecution is the active, systematic mistreatment of an individual or group by another group or individual.
Most non-Christians I’ve spoken with about it all seem to agree that Christians seem to have a persecution complex. I heard about it all the time when I was being forced to go to church. That’s right, I was being force to go to church and they were complaining about being persecuted and oppressed. Claims of persecution are part of the normal spiel that you hear at the average church. The Bible states that you WILL be persecuted (Matthew 24). So anytime they don’t get what they want they’re being persecuted. Can’t harass gays at school or the mall? “You’re persecuting me!” Don’t want God on the dollar? “You’re persecuting me!” Discussing the contradictory parts of the Bible? “You’re persecuting me!” I think you get the point.
When I explain the contradictions in the Bible or the ridiculousness of buffet-style Christianity I am not persecuting you; I am criticizing. You are not being persecuted. You have every right to go to church on Sundays, wear that little cross necklace you love so much, and can even bring a Bible to work or school. It’s when you take that Bible and start swinging it around like a battle axe at every non-Christian you see that the persecution starts, and it’s not on your end. Your rights end where mine begin. When you rally the town to shun the family who sues to keep the Nativity scene off of government property that’s persecution.
When you comment on my blog about your beliefs and I poke holes in them that is criticism. It’s ok; you’ll survive the mean old atheist’s criticism to pray another day. You can claim persecution when the President says Christians aren’t really citizens or when someone vandalizes your car and sends death threats because they found out you’re a Christian. Criticism is healthy, it helps you flesh out the bad ideas and keep the good ones. If your faith can’t handle criticism then maybe you should stop and think about that for a minute.
You who believe in Yahweh in this country are in the majority. You outnumber us six to one; there aren’t enough of us in one area to affect the political climate. So, you basically control the government; you can vote in whoever you like. With that political power also come the responsibilities of that position. When you are elected to a government position, you represent everyone in your area of influence, not just the Christians. When you are acting as though your district only has “God-fearing” Christians in it you really are persecuting people. Some of you really need to get a grip on reality and understand your actions have consequences.