Earlier in the day, while fulfilling an obligation at Church, this writer was reading up on some ancient history. St. Clement of Rome, to be specific, and someone who learned Christianity from the first generation of Apostles. Clement lived in a time BEFORE the canon of Sacred Scripture was closed, and in the day when the Didache (not a Sacred text, but a blueprint for Christian living from the first century) was most likely still in development if not a relatively recent writing. (The New Testament wasn’t completely written yet, and it certainly had not been culled down to the 27 books we know today. That happened over 300 years later.)
As it happens, Clement was witness to one of the first wide spread slanders against Christians as a group: the burning of a warehouse district in Rome in 64 A.D. Nero was emperor at the time, and we famously hear that he fiddled while Rome burned, which is an exaggeration of the truth (he was on stage and not in Rome), but what is not, was that Christians were blamed for the fire. In that environment, they were an easy target seeing as how their way of living was quite strange to a pagan world. Fasting, and not being promiscuous and all that jazz.
Once ensconsed in my writing spot a little later in the day, this writer was looking for a topic to share, and came across a piece from The New American by Selwyn Duke shouting to the world that Michael Savage said the “West Will Collapse” unless Christianity makes a resurgence. We’ve heard this often enough that the concept should not be foreign, but in practice, at this point, Christianity is so fractured that even the basics as outlined in the Didache are in question from followers of almost every sect. Even in my Faith, Catholicism, cafeteria mentality is a massive problem. Before the 1960’s there was no such thing as picking and choosing from the teachings on what to believe in. How the Faith as a whole can be revived among those who are individualist to the point that whole sects have defected from original Christian teaching on something as simple as life begins at conception is a bit of a $64,000 question, but the reality that the social system as practiced by Christians that gave us individual liberty is under attack from all sides. Whoever is directing this attack is attempting to reestablish paganism, albeit by another set of names.
“What I’d like to say is, just relax,” he said during an appearance at CNN. “If you don’t like what somebody’s doing, pray for them, and if you feel as though somebody is doing something wrong against you, can you just for a second get over it? You know?”
Kasich’s comments were a reply to a question about his harsh reaction to Mississippi’s new law that allows companies not to serve gay couples. Last week, Kasich asked “What the hell are we doing in this country?” in reaction to that law.
“There is a legitimate concern for people being able to have their deeply held religious beliefs, religious liberty,” he said. “But there’s also people who we shouldn’t be discriminating against. We need to have a balance.”
“And I just wish that everybody would just take a breath and calm down, because you see, trying to figure out how to legislate that balance is complicated and you keep doing do-overs, because nobody gets it right,” he said.
“So if we just kind of calm down here, I think things would settle down,” he added.
(Well, of course we are supposed to pray for them. Come on, we’re Christians. We’ve been known to pray for the Kennedys.)
Once upon a time in the United States, We the People could refuse to serve anyone any time for any reason, prayer for the sinful notwithstanding. Discrimination of all sorts, not just racial, sexual, or religious, was very much the norm. All of us who are descendants of Catholic immigrants of all nationalities can tell you that.
Back in the day, business owners were free to reject clients who were openly gay and were planning a “wedding.” And then the people pushing the lifestyle of sodomy started to to bully the business owners doing the rejecting based on religious beliefs and all of a sudden the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion became null and void because someone got their feelings hurt.
Well, Gov. Kasich, maybe it is the gays and lesbians and transgenders who should get over the idea that the rest of us must suspend our convictions based on morality as we believe it in order to feed their need for flowers, place cards, and a big cake, which in and of itself is a bit pagan in the overall practice. Remember, the symbolism of a bride wearing white is supposed to be based on her purity. There is nothing pure about sodomy, fornication, or unnatural sexual orientation – and really, the rest of us should no more be forced to “accept” such practices than the pagans should be forced to put up a Christmas tree.
This is where telling Christians, well, y’all are supposed to turn the other cheek, you know, is most likely to get a person unfriended. See, we Christians live by an actual set of moral rules, and, given that this nation was founded to accommodate the differences of multiple CHRISTIAN groups that were outlawed elsewhere, a nonchalant “get over it” is beyond offensive. It’s downright unAmerican to be honest. We Christians may have our differences in peripheral acceptances of belief and practice, but we aren’t going to tell someone they must accept business from entities offensive to them.
And in this, just as in Nero’s Rome, the idea that Christians can be slandered as being in guilty of a non-crime simply because of a belief system is ludicrous. It also speaks to a certain fear…or being paid off. After all, Kasich is partially funded by George Soros.