If I were Christian, I'd have to guess that Christ doesn't care what the heck you call yourself, Republican, Democrat, Boy Scout, Muslim, Hindu or even atheist; it's your deeds that count, your actions that matter, and your character that defines you. Good people are identified as good by the good deeds they do, while evil people are identified by doing evil deeds. I'd point out clearly that arguing for the cult like worship of any human being, in any nation, as an inerrant God like leader, praising warfare or terrorism, the repression and bombing of innocent civilians, arguing that torture or murder or genocide is a good thing, and defending the wealthy and powerful, is completely at odds with what Christ clearly taught.
If I was a Christian I'd thank God for including me in this Cosmos inall its resplendent majesty. I'd study every branch of science I couldand hunger for more every day. I'd be teaching biology and chemistryand astronomy in Sunday Schools along side Biblical verse to eageryoung Christian children who would learn reverence for those fields ofknowledge. I would note the truth that molecular biology has revealed:We are all one family, every man a brother, all women sisters, and eachof us is our brother's keeper. They would "ohhh" and "ahh" at the pictures of God's cosmos from powerful telescopes. They would be fascinated with God's intricacies found speck of bloodunder the microscope. They would be inspired assembling a model oflife's DNA double helix, or an atom. And they would look in fascinationat the image of Creation itselfborne across an ocean of space and time on the gossamer wings ofinvisible light. All part of God's infinitely artistic Universe.
Rather than trying to deceive people about God's prowess, I'd work toreveal it to them. Because science inspires mankind with preciousinsight into the mind of the Creator of all that exists. Far from beingsomething to fear, science is the most powerful testimony to anyCreator who crafted our natural world. And freed from the confines ofpolitically expedient dogma, who knows what further wonders those youngpeople might uncover to one day teach their children?
If I were Christian I would be filled with pride and wonder that myblood, organs, skin, and hair, are made from the elements cooked insideof ancient stellar furnaces. That the mortal coils we each inhabit werebequethed to us via countless generations of living things andexquisite constructs, from primate to bacteria, from organic protien tocosmic proton. And I would weep with the glorious knowledge that I ammade of star-dust.
If I was a Christian, I'd guess Christ wouldn't really give a hootabout gays or abortion, and would in fact minister healing and grace tothose people in God's name, and shower them with His love. There's onlyone or two verses in the entire Bible even mentioning homosexuals orabortion, as opposed to so many telling us to help the poor and sickand even those we might not approve of if we want to honor His Name. Soif I was a Christian, I'd also shower anyone persecuted by religiousopportunists with all the love they could stand, and tell them Godloved them deeply and forever, no matter what they do or did. I wouldtell them that nothing they can do will ever stop God from loving themdearly.
If I were Christian, I'd have to guess that Christ, who was after allbeaten to a bloody pulp and then nailed to a cross to die a horrible,lingering, death, for our sins, wouldn't think very highly of a party,a faction, a group, a pharaoh, a Caesar, or a President, that thinksthey should be able to legally whisk people off to torture chambers toforeign shit-holes run by despots, with no trial or charges ever heldfor them! And were I a Christian, I'd have to guess that any beliverwould and absolutely should be very nervous about being associated withtorture in any way, shape, or form.
Then again, maybe it's easy for me to say what I would do IF ... if Iwas a Christian. Maybe I have this all wrong. Or maybe it's much harderthan it all sounds. But honestly, much of what I've written abovedoesn't sound thathard to do, does it? It begins with common decency, common sense, andcommon courtesy, that we all learned by the time we left kindergarten.I'm already doing a lot of it now and I bet most people are.
But I'd also have to guess there is one huge difference between Christand me: I have little patience for folks that use religion as a tool ofmanipulation. And for the mad bombers and their enablers, whether theyjustify their killing sprees with passage's or sura's, I wouldn't mindif they spent the rest of their days in prison mumbling holy hatred tothemselves while strapped to a gurney in a straitjacket. Christ was aninspiring example, and that's true regardless if the underlyingtheology is accurate or not. But I'd have a hard time living up to Hisstandard. It would be challenging for me to forgive some of thosepeople, including I'm sad to say those that are destroying this nationfrom within and without. But I'd pray for the strength to do so, if Iwere Christian.
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