The Rosie View of Christianity
By Lane Palmer, Christian Post Guest Columnist
SEPT. 23, 2006 (www.christianpost.com) - In case you missed it, last week Rosie O’Donnell raised ire and drew fire when she boldly asserted that "radical Christianity" is "just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have separation of church and state."
Color me shocked. I mean, Rosie has been such a staunch supporter of Christianity in the past…why the quick turnaround?
Truth be told, I’m actually glad she made those statements, and I’ll tell you why. The misnomers, misrepresentations, and misperceptions about Christianity have reached an all-time high, and Rosie’s comments are a perfect case in point.
If you heard the audio of this incident, you will hear applause after her badly informed declarations, which tells me that we have an amazing opportunity to respond. The question is…how?
In my mind we have two choices.
In many respects this is an assault on Christianity that makes The Da Vinci Code seem mild by comparison. The equation she puts together paints us in the same corner as terrorists, so obviously the implications are not that Christianity is a conspiracy, but a menacing force bent on death and destruction.
Wow. Gives a whole new meaning to WWJD, don’t you think?
So what do we do now? Well, our first choice might be to call for an apology and complain about how unfair the comparison is – but I don’t think that’s exactly what Jesus had in mind when He preached these words at the Sermon on the Mount:
God blesses those who are persecuted because they live for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted, too. (Matthew 5:10-12)
Isn’t that interesting?
The choice Christ wants us to make is to “Be happy about it” and to “be glad.”
Because it takes away the power of persecution and exposes the misrepresentations of Christianity for what they are.
Statements like Rosie’s are designed to get a negative reaction, but imagine if we used it as an opportunity to show the world that radical Christianity is actually about loving our neighbor as ourselves.