Just read a great article in the National Review archives, Who Says Islam Is Totalitarian? by Andrew C. McCarthy. I shared it with Mike to inspire a discussion about ideas and how people see each other over time, the importance of truth in thinking and the ways of the world. Here’s a quote that caught my eye:
Both groups offer to their members and followers the agreeable sensation of belonging to a community of believers, who are always right, as against an outer world of unbelievers, who are always wrong. Both offer an exhilarating feeling of mission, of purpose, of being engaged in a collective adventure to accelerate the historically inevitable victory of the true faith over the infidel evil-doers.
This comparison is between Islam and Communism but seems accurate of much of the thinking I have come across lately. At issue, most significantly, is the phrase “who are always right” which is of course, unlikely. But seeing oneself as right seems to require making sure there are a good number of people to prove wrong. And while there is a way to write a similar description of Christianity the differences are most defining.
For example, while God is infallible, we are not. As sinners saved we know we need regular, frequent, even continual, forgiveness. We are aware of God’s great love for us and that it is no joy for us or him to exercise punishment on those who turn from him. There is a sense of justice, not “victory”. And even for those of us who gain eternity, it is not on our own merit. Not because we’re right but because of Jesus Christ and HIS righteousness. In light of this Christians are called, not so much to battle the people around them as their own sinful hearts. To love God and one another regardless of personal preference or gain, and sometimes at great cost.
May God bless you today with renewed joy at His great love for you! Blessings.