It’s not that Christians in America are persecuted too much, rather, they are not persecuted enough.
They are not persecuted enough because they are not actually doing anything revolutionary, they are not with ‘the corpse’- they are not where the Kindom is, therefore there is no reason to drag them from their beds and feed them to the lions. They are the lions. If as a Christian you’re afraid that Obama is going to take away your rights, I’m confused as to what rights you want to cling to so desperately.
I have yet to hear of any potential legislation that would keep you from selling all of your possessions and giving the proceeds to the poor.
I have yet to hear of Christians in America who have had it denied to them that they can identify with the outcasts, the “prostitutes, gluttons, drunkards and tax collectors;” or maybe, to speak anachronistically, the queer, the trans*, the immigrants, the homeless and those outside of your faith tradition. You have yet to be denied the right to help them, and indeed all you seem to do is exercise your right to make them outcasts. So please, shut up about your rights being taken away- you have lost no rights that keep you from genuinely following your Christ.
War is a moral necessity for America because it provides the experience of the ‘unum’ that makes the ‘pluribus’ possible. War is America’s central liturgical act necessary to renew our sense that we are a nation unlike other nations.
Stanley Hauerwas, War and the American Difference (via furnaceofdoubt)