The Influence Of Christianity

On Tuesday apparently the panel of women on ABC’s The View made some comments about Vice President Mike Pence which included one person quipping that hearing from God is “mental illness.”

What’s so sad is that the Florida Parkland school shooter is also being scrutinized for mental illness.

Now The View person has said she was just joking, but clearly she showed what she thinks of Christianity.

I think such statements show the disconnect in our society about what Christianity is and what Christians have done. Think, for example, what organization is front and center as part of any disaster relief. Yep, the Red Cross. The symbol was chosen for a reason.

Then there is the Salvation Army—another relief organization that also provides for the needs of the homeless and the poor.

Or how about the Union Rescue Mission? Here’s their basic mission statement: “We embrace people with the compassion of Christ.” And their short description on Google: “Helping men, women, and children escape the streets of Skid Row through food, shelter, education, counseling, and long-term recovery programs.”

I’m curious. Where are the atheist organizations that reach out to help the needy? Sure, the government now does some of the same work, and government programs have helped countless people suffering from disasters of one kind or another. I’m not minimizing those at all. But that’s because the government has been put in position to care for its citizens because not enough of our citizens are taking care of those in need.

I don’t want to turn this into a church versus government discussion. But I did wonder about independent atheist groups who are actively reaching out to needy people. I suspect there are individual atheists who do so, but are there any atheist-based organizations doing this?

Maybe there are, but I’m not aware of them.

For one thing, atheism doesn’t stand for something. It stands against something. So there’s no moral compass that directs atheists to band together to help needy people.

How about the institution of Thanksgiving Day or Memorial Day or Ash Wednesday? God is an integral part of our culture, whether atheists want to admit it or not. The fact that Christianity is being squeezed from the fabric of society by media disdain, sarcasm, and slurs, does not reduce the great good that churches and para-church organizations do and have done.

Or what about the YMCA, founded back in 1844.

The YMCA was very influential during the 1870s and 1930s, during which times they most successfully promoted “evangelical Christianity in weekday and Sunday services, while promoting good sportsmanship in athletic contests in gyms (where basketball and volleyball were invented) and swimming pools.” (Wikepedia)

Then there are Good News Clubs in schools and organizations like CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) involved in colleges and universities.

But here’s the salient point: all this “mental illness” that has built into the fabric of our society is based on building values and health and hope and help. Christianity wants to pass on the love of God. That’s it. To people in need.

Wouldn’t we have fewer school shootings if we ramped up programs that taught the love of God?

As I see it, the more Christianity gets ridiculed and relegated to the privacy of our own home, the more trouble our nation is in. We are recycling old problems like racism while we have added the intensified problem of lawlessness and a disregard for authority.

Setting Christianity aside doesn’t seem to be working for us. When will the country wake up and realize, the thing we’re missing is the love of God—between our races, our genders, our economic strata. God’s love works like cement to bring groups of people together. Paul said it is Scripture—Jews sitting next to Greeks, men worshiping in the same house as women, the rich land owners along side their field hands.

It’s not the church that does this. It’s God. It’s His love in the hearts and lives of believers. And that’s the influence of Christianity.

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  1. Great post!

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  2. After Harvey some of our church and my family minus me went to Texas some and it was of note that pretty much all the relief was conducted by churches and Christian organizations. There certainly were no kitchens being run by the Freedom From Religion folks. Yet some insist all we do is sit around and pray.

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  3. How many church groups and religious organisations compared to atheist groups are there in your region and how do you distinguish who is atheist?

    In Australia, very few people belong to a church, most just go and help as individuals or send money and clothes etc and do not need a t-shirt with a church name emblazoned across the back.

    Must be different in your part of the country, where atheists are the worst citizens.

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    • Steve, you seem intent on missing what I’m saying. Christians make it a goal to do these things I named and they band together to get the work done. I know of no atheist group that makes it their goal to be pro-active in helping others. Individuals? Undoubtedly, the odds say that some giving will come from atheists. But where are the comparable groups that have been organized by atheists to get this done?

      And you bring up our own country. So when was the last time your country sent aid to some other part of the world because they suffered a disaster?

      See, we have the culture that kind of typifies humanity—ruined and violent, but when redeemed, generous and open-handed. That’s my point. When Christianity influences us, we change. And that’s true no matter what part of the world you live in.

      Becky

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      • You wrongly rubbish Australians Rebecca with this comment, “So when was the last time your country sent aid to some other part of the world because they suffered a disaster?”

        The following I quickly found appear to be a handful of mostly secular world aid organisations, but it is not easy to separate the religious or non-religious origins of such groups, but for you to call into question Australia’s commitments because we are a more secular nation than yours is a mistake and an insult because the comment boarders on American\ Christian elitism that Australians are becoming more aware of.

        Your country does not have any more ability due to religious nonsense to assist or help the needy than we do, and it is about time you Christians grew up and realised that you are not elite or better than us in any shape or form, you have only proved the opposite is true.

        The Australian Red Cross is a leading humanitarian aid and community services charity in Australia and an auxiliary to government. helps people affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita in the Pacific. All donations in this period will help response and recovery efforts in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. This is a non-religious organisation even though different religious groups may be affiliated with them.

        ChildFund Australia, is an independent and non-religious international development organisation that works to reduce poverty for children in many of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.

        CARE Australia is a leading international aid organisation that works around the globe to save lives and defeat poverty. We put women and girls at the heart of our work. We have learnt from our work across 94 countries. This organisation is not religious; however it may also work with religious groups.

        Caritas Australia. To work for us you must have a passion for people and the environment, and a belief in social justice, this is a worldwide organisation started in Germany and is affiliated with Roman Catholicism.

        Aussies and Kiwis even helped you lot put out fires.
        In August 2015, 71 firefighters from half the world away, Australia and New Zealand, were being called up to help, according to the National Interagency Fire Centre.

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  4. Your words are so true! Guns may be to available to the people but the real problem starts at home and in our families. Respect for life and Christian values are all that can save us from ourselves. Thank You for your post!

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  5. Hi Rebecca, I thought you and your followers might be interested. I’m giving away my devotional eBook for the next few days. It’s a 40 day devotional for people struggling in their faith. Enjoy!

    Gene

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