Monday, November 01, 2010

Destroying the village in order to save it

Christianity is like freedom. The more you tell people they can't have it, the more people want it. The church is most vigorous where it is most repressed. By contrast, the most stagnant of faiths exists where the church is official supported and sanctioned. Consider Western Europe, with its state-supported churches full of vacant pews.

What should a Christian do? Freeing the faith leads to its demise? Repressing it leads to its growth? Can a Christian even contemplate that persecution may be necessary for the sake of the church?

How much persecution is necessary? Probably short of throwing them to the lions, but more than benign indifference. I think that, at the very least, we should scrap faith-based-initiatives and tax-exempt status. I'm sure that many churches would be faced with closure. I'm sure that would be a wake up call for their members. People who assumed that their physical church was forever, whether they were involved or not, would wake up to the reality that it isn't.

I can, in good conscience, support the steps above. I'm not sure what the next steps would be: what other sacrifices would be required to turn the church around. This would just cut the old dead wood and allow new, healthy growth to emerge. I don't know if I could support truly repressive steps for the good of the church, but I hope that the blood of the martyrs is not necessary.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Roger Kovaciny said...

Tax exemptions are good. Anything that reduces taxes is good. The church is in a poor state today because it has not vigorously enough taught creationism. Once you're convinced that God created you, most other good things in Christianity follow.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Roger Kovaciny said...

Actually, churches seem to be most vigorous after persecution ends. Once more, yesterday, I went into a part of Ternopil that I haven't been in lately and lo and behold, a brand new church on what used to be lawn. This has happened to me dozens of times.

12:13 AM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

Anything that reduces taxes is good.

Corruption reduces taxes. Crime reduces taxes. Counterfeiting reduces taxes. This is just silly.


Actually, churches seem to be most vigorous after persecution ends.

So ideally you should have a cyclical repression and release. You could call it the Philistine solution.

10:14 PM  

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