Christians love you
CHRISTIANS LOVE YOU
By: Guest Author – Ian Weisberg
How sweet. The Christians love us. They love everyone. What could be wrong with that? It’s a positive message. It doesn’t attack those of a different faith or even no faith at all. It’s a message of love. So why shouldn’t statements such as this, or other religious symbols, be posted in government buildings or public forums? What could anyone find objectionable or offensive? Well, think about it this way. Let’s replace the word Christians with the word Caucasians : “Caucasians Love You”. Uh-
oh, danger Will Robinson! What happened? It’s still a positive message. The Caucasians love us. They love everyone. It doesn’t attack those of a different race. It’s still a message of love, but this message would certainly cause outrage, and nobody wants to see Reverend Al on TV. So what’s the problem?
Saying that “Caucasians Love You” implies a certain level of arrogance, an air of superiority, as if Caucasians are the only ones capable of loving anyone, or that their love is somehow better than the love of another race, or that their race in general is better. Indians don’t love you? Arabs don’t love you? African-Americans don’t love you? How dare the Caucasians claim a monopoly on love! Apply that reasoning to religion and the statement “Christians Love You.” How is that any different? That air of superiority remains, the implication that Christian love is somehow better, or perhaps Christians in general are better. Hindus don’t love you? Muslims don’t love you? How dare the Christians claim a monopoly on love!
To make matters worse, you’d be hard-pressed to find a Caucasian (or any race) who truly believes that they can love better than another race. However, there are many religious people who think that only members of their particular faith know what true love is. When it comes to love, apparently religious arrogance trumps even racism.
OK, so what if this was reduced to an individual person instead of a religion, such as “Jesus Christ Loves You”. That should be OK, right? Not so fast. Jesus is a symbol of Christianity, so all you’re doing is playing word games. The inference is still the same. After all, Buddha loves you, too. Furthermore, there are those that don’t even believe that Jesus was a real person (see www.jesusneverexisted.com for more info), let alone the divine “Lord Our Father”. You might as well say “My Father Loves You” or “Mike Brady Loves You”. Sounds silly, but to non-Christians it’s at best a historical figure expressing love, and at worst it’s just another fictional father. In either case, it’s unwarranted and unwelcome. Another thought to consider is the intent behind a statement such as “Jesus Loves You”.
My family loves me, too, but I don’t go around hanging up signs in public. Is this offering of love as innocent as it seems? Sometimes the motive is the belief that theists are trying to “save” others. Believers feel that others will be punished without the love of their specific God. This could be construed as an insult to other religions and to non- believers. They may not need nor want the love of Jesus, and may find it condescending to even suggest it. Granted, this line of reasoning requires certain assumptions to be made about the intents of the religious, but then again, the phrase “Jesus Loves You” is filled with assumptions to begin with.
Who really knows what Jesus thinks, assuming Jesus ever really existed at all, and that he is still loving people 2000 years after his passing. Not sure what’s going to bother someone? Here’s a little test. Take that sign, poster, message, whatever it is that’s being displayed, and substitute a race for a religion. For example, if you’re compelled by a message that reads “Power of Christ”, change it to “Power of Arabs”. If the sign says “Allah Is Great”, change it to “Caucasians Are Great”. If the message suddenly sounds wrong, then you’ve got your answer.