A reader recently commented about PZMyers, “godless liberal” and host of the pharyngula blog, who has come under fire for desecrating a communion wafer as well as other provocative antics against relics of other religions. Apparently, he has been the subject of hate mail and attempts to get him fired because of his actions. There indeed has been quite a reaction against him. Of course, I believe that he knew what he did would be quite provocative and, like a madman, has done the equivalent of slapping a pitbull and taking its doggie bone. But I have no desire to become part of the fight and that discussion.
Quite the contrary. Reading about the whole sad affair has caused me to think some more about both Atheists and Christians. What I would like to do here is look a little bit at the mockery of God. We have seen over and over again how a particular person, group or institution has attacked Christianity or mocked God to the dismay of Christians. Over the last twenty years, there seems to be even increased and bolder affronts to Christianity and the subsequent increased mockery of God. A lot can and has been written and discussed about those insults. With every event, Christians seem to grow more and more angry and ever increasingly agitated. And for good reason! However, shouldn’t such actions of atheists and non-Christians not really be surprising? Shouldn’t we expect that? Isn’t that the sort of thing Jesus was referring to when He said, “All men will hate you because of me…?” (Matthew 10:22 NIV).
What really should surprise us and cause us anger and concern is the way that we Christians mock God. Don’t we often make a mockery out of God, albeit in more subtle ways? We mock God when we pretend to be Godly on Sunday and during the week we are far from it. We mock God when we misuse His word to promote our own personal agendas. We mock God when we seek the advice of Oprah and others before even praying to Him. We mock God when we parrot words preached to us yet have no real understanding of what we’re saying. We mock God when we live hypocritical lives that cause others to refuse to want to find out who Jesus is and what He did. We mock God when we fight and argue against each other inside and outside the four walls of the church often resulting in a church split. We mock God when we sell and market Christianity as a business, and materialize Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. We should be careful to evaluate our lives so as to not hear, “Depart from me, I never knew you.”
Yes, we are human. Yes, we sin. I’m not expecting any of us to be perfect. What I question, though, is this: Shouldn’t we be as angry or angrier at the mocking of God by Christians as opposed to atheists or other God-mockers? Where is the demand that Christians stop mocking God? Where is the insistence from Christians that hypocritical Christians stop what they are doing? Where is the disappointment among Christians against our own mockery of God? Should we not be more ashamed?