Yet I must confess that, although I am pleased to balance the record, defending the ACLU is not my primary purpose here. I am more concerned about a habit of mind that seems to be growing among my fellow Christians, both political liberals and conservatives. That is, we seem to mimic the secular world's conflation of disagreement with wickedness, as if not sharing my worldview places my critic outside the realm of rational discourse.This immediately got me wondering about the author, Steven Carter: "Where do his beliefs fall on the theological spectrum?" I asked. One click on the link to the article, though, and I had seen enough. This is what I saw:
An ad for a Left Behind book.
What got me wondering in the first place is the pharse "secular world's conflation of disagreement with wickedness." This is a woefully ironic phrase, because the conflation of disagreement with wickedness was perfected by orthodox Christianity. The secular world's version is a pale shadow of the Christian one. Orthodox Christianitiy de jure may teach that people are sent to Hell for saying raca and such, but the de facto teaching is that dissent from orthodoxy is the only crime. Christians go to heaven; infidels are damned. Because mere dissent seems to many insufficient to justify this damnation, the natural impulse of fundamentalists is to begin ascribing all sorts of other crimes to those who disagree with them.
That's why I was so struck by seeing the Left Behind ad. Left Behind is demonization of enemies taken to the max. I wonder if Steven Carter would be willing to speak up against the series.