Is Christianity Under Attack?

Is Christianity Under Attack?

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Tower Chimes – January 2024

Over the past year, I’ve become aware of a growing belief within the body of Christ that Christianity is under severe attack, and that the survival of…well, I’m not exactly sure but, supposedly, the survival of something having to do with the church, or maybe our beliefs, hangs in the balance. What’s probably closer to the truth is that there’s a fear of losing [worldly] control and power.

What finally prompted me to begin to address this topic was an article I read yesterday on a Christian news website. The article is entitled, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s Plot to Ruin Christmas, and America.” It’s about the recent “discovery” of ultraconservative Christian web commentator Andrew Torba, that the [so-called] secret war on Christmas is actually being waged by…Jewish song writers. Yep, the composers of songs such as “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Let It Snow,” and “A Holly, Jolly Christmas,” were Jewish, and according to Torba, these songs were intentionally written in order to de-Christ Christmas.

What?! Because it was written by a Jew, “Let It Snow” is a subversive lyric written to intentionally push Jesus Christ out of Christmas? What I want to know is, how does a person come to such a conclusion? Seriously, what’s behind the sincere belief that listening to a song about the weather is going to destroy the true meaning of Christmas, let alone lead our nation down the path of destruction? The unfortunate and utterly misguided answer is this: because it was written by a person of Jewish faith.

This kind of irrational thinking comes straight out of the white supremacist’s playbook. At the 2017 Charlottesville rally, marchers chanted, “Jews will not replace us.” I honestly don’t get it. I don’t understand the deep fear and anger and hate towards people simply because they’re Jewish. And I certainly don’t understand the thinking that Jews as a people are out to overthrow our nation or the world, let alone Christianity itself.

Jews aren’t the only identified adversary of modern Christianity. Popular culture itself is seen by an increasing number of Christians as a real threat to our beliefs and to what some would say is “our way of life,” whatever that may be. The funny thing is, I don’t feel under attack. I live in the same world and hold to many of the same core beliefs, but I can’t honestly say that I have any sense that my beliefs and practices and lifestyle are under threat of being taken away. 

praying hands clasping a cross on a string above which is the text "For our fight is not against flesh and blood."

Please remember that when Paul told us to put on the armor of God, he was quick to remind us who it is firing arrows at us—and who it’s not. He said, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers [and] cosmic powers of the this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil” (Ephesians 6:12). People are not the enemy of the church or the Christian faith; the devil is the enemy. 

To those who say that today’s popular culture is the very tool the devil is using to destroy the church or one’s faith, I can see their point. So, I’ll share my thoughts on that next month. But until then, please, please resist any inkling to see other humans or religious groups as an existential threat to your faith in Jesus Christ and your ability to live out that faith. In this regard, the answer is no, we’re not under attack! 

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