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On Who’s Terms?

September 4, 2013

Coexist-Geek

I really enjoyed my 2013 Dragon Con experience this past weekend! Saw great friends and shared awesome moments with my wife and daughter. Last year I wrote a blog about the “Four Things That Churches Could Learn from Dragon Con” and this year I’m writing one to a different tone based on a personal observation. You see, this year I was more aware of the Christian bashing that went on inside the con through the attired “F” Jesus Christ t-shirts, anti-Christian bumper stickers, Free Thinkers Society reps handing out flyers (A funny name to me as I should have asked the question “So to join your society am I “free to think” there is a God or do I have to “think” there isn’t one like you?”) and the countless of mocking costumes of Christ. One in particular was wearing a donkey mask while dressed as Jesus. Ouch! So I guess in this age of “Coexist” bumper stickers it seems that it’s hip to mock Christianity without a second thought. But let’s get real, this has been going on for years and not just isolated to conventions. But since this was all isolated in my weekend I was instantly reminded of a quote by G.K. Chesterton:

“There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions.”

And to that, I am convinced Coexistence means unity on someone else’s terms.

Now on occasion I don’t necessarily disagree with an argument that exposes Christian hypocrisy. That’s a given and something I have to contend with daily. But I do wonder if anti-theists can be critical of their lot in the same way.

I also wonder about those who do their mocking so willfully and publically are capable of acknowledging their own hypocrisy or if they’re even aware of it or care at all? I’m guessing they don’t really care and therefore not held accountable to the idea of hypocrisy… which is hypocritical in of itself. But to take their mockery to this level does call for an extreme narrow-mind (and immaturity) to apply that perspective to the general whole. I think it takes real maturity and understanding to not make generalizations regardless of worldviews. Because I personally don’t know every Atheist in this world and the ones I do know are amazing people and I wouldn’t go out of my way to snub their disbelief in such a disrespectful manner regardless of venue. And that simple logic should apply to all worldviews and not relegated to just one. And so we push on. But I do have to share that in my folly of assuming, I rolled my eyes at one person dressed as Jesus while waiting in a crowded corner to cross a street with my wife and friend. I knew we were all thinking the same thing. Here’s another one mocking Christ. A guy next to him (obviously thinking the same thing) then taps his shoulder and says “Hey man, there’s a guy a street over talking about the Bible and sh—!” as if to encourage the Jesus fella to go over and cause a stir. I personally thought he was going to take him up on this encouragement until he looks him straight in the face and says, “Love Jesus not his fan base.”

And I’m pretty sure the priceless, stumped expression on the instigators face matched mine…but for different reasons. Not only was I in complete agreement with his statement but I was blind-sided by his quick delivery. That response made a girl next to me blurt out,”Ohhhh! Great comeback, great comeback.” And the guy who tapped his shoulder kept to himself and mumbled something I couldn’t quite hear and fairly sure it wasn’t kind or constructive.  Had I composed myself faster (trying to comprehend what I had just witnessed) the words I would have offered this person would be a sincere “Well done.”  So regardless of who overheard this exchange I know for sure that the Christ fella had at least three people thinking. The guy who tapped his shoulder, the girl who acknowledged it, and me who assumed his agenda.   I just had to share that little experience and whoever that guy was I’ll say it again, well done dude, well done.

I love Dragon Con. I love its diversity on so many levels and I go there to celebrate with thousands of people common interests rather than fundamental differences. And I don’t forget who I am while there because I’m a representative of His church and I can still enjoy the event in spite of it, plain and simple. But I just hope that in the coming years (and for my daughters sake) I can see less of outright mockery of my beliefs so that in a weekend of pure fandom I can enjoy it and possibly revisit the term “coexist” without the many distractions to cloud its meaning. Wait, what’s that you say? Unfortunately the Bible tells me otherwise? John…15….18 through…

John 15:18-21 ” “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.”

Well….nuts.

Your Puerto Rican Deacon

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