Prayers for the family of James Foley, and for peace in Iraq.
eternallyforevereverythinglove asked a question:
Hello! What do you think about the statement that Christians (and generally believers) have Stockholm Syndrome? I’ve picked this up somewhere and did some research. It’d make sense and it makes me feel weird about my faith now. Thanks and God bless!
Hey there my friend: I took some time to read about this, and it seems to be a new form of the argument that “Christians are brainwashed into unquestioning belief and indoctrinated to their oppressive church institutions and cultures.”
Like all accusations against the Christian faith, there is always an element of truth to them because people are people, and we cannot perfectly reflect a perfect God. We’re messy creatures with mixed motives in a gray-space struggle.
What I mean is: Any argument against the Christian faith will make some kind of logical sense, because it will make sense against everyone regardless of their affiliation. We can blame religion just as much as we can blame human stupidity.
When someone says, “The church is full of hypocrites” — I always say, “Well that’s why you should go.” Not in a mean way, but I’m saying: There are hypocrites at businesses, schools, hospitals, fraternities, non-profits, and the White House (gasp!), but the difference is, the church is the one place you can admit it and find healing. Yes, hypocritical Christians have harmed many of us, and we need to confess that. But as a tactic to dismiss faith, this is a cheap unthoughtful argument that’s a fluffy insubstantial defense mechanism. Most of these arguments have NOT gone to the bottom of themselves, at all.
So when someone talks about “Christian brainwashing,” here are a few thoughts to consider. As always, please feel free to skip around.
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