Kathy Petersen’s Blog

I refuse to apologize

Posted in Christianity by Kathy on March 17, 2008

…for being a Christian, for being religious, for (gasp!) actually having my religion impact my life, for being unapologetic about my religion, etc., etc., etc.

It’s a disturbing trend I’ve noticed lately–whenever people have anything more than “token” religion, then they or others either apologize for it or warn others about it. Why? I was recently directed to a lovely story similar to one just recently posted, about a couple who chose life for their son with a fatal birth defect, and the person who left the comment warned whoever might follow the link that the couple were religious. ?!

I’m sorry, but I don’t see a reason for warning or apologizing. Do people warn or apologize about religions other than Christianity? Granted, I’ve not read too many stories that are obviously any religion (or atheistic, for that matter), but in none of the non-Christian stories or posts that I’ve read (other blogs, tag-surfing, emails, etc.) have I read anything approaching an apology for being Muslim or Hindu or atheistic, much less a warning that these people are strong in their Wicca faith and practices.

I’ve read blogs that used graphic and vulgar language–many sprinkle profanity quite liberally throughout their post–and there’s not a hint of an apology and only rarely a warning of obscene words. So why apologize for Christianity? I for one refuse to do so.

People are offended by Christianity because Christians are supposed to be the light of the world. We are to shine out the truth and expose error: “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God” (John 3:19-21). This passage always makes me think of roaches and rats scurrying to the corners of the room when someone turns on the light. People who love darkness are doing evil. Those that do evil hate the light (which is what Christians are supposed to be) because the light exposes their sin. They scurry away from it like roaches, or else try to attack the light-bearers.

We shouldn’t be deliberately offensive–we are to love our enemies and do good to them that hate us. Our words must offend because our words must be light. But our tones and actions and attitudes must not offend–“as much as in us lies, to live peaceably with all men.” There comes a point when we cannot live peaceably and remain true to Christianity. We can’t roll over on our backs with our underbelly exposed–we must put on the whole armor of God, “and having done all, to stand.” We must stand firm, though others hate us, and try to silence us. But we must do it in love.

But I am not going to apologize for being a Christian.


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  1. lionelwoods7 said, on March 17, 2008 at 12:28 am

    We are offensive because of the exclusivity of our message and the total dependency upon a God when we live in a world that thrives on self-reliance and perseverance! I won’t apologize though

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