“America is simultaneously the most professedly Christian of the developed nations and the least Christian in its behavior.”

What it means to be Christian in America. By Bill McKibben in Harper’s Magazine.

3 Comments on the Christian paradox

  1. Anonymous says:

    No paradox here,logic.
    If the French women are thin, this is not althought, but because they eat good cheese and good chocolates ( and drink good beer and wine ), instead of the bad American fast food.
    If the supposed Christians hunger for success and money, they dont nurture themselves with the right message of Christ.
    Here is my paradox : I dont believe, and however I want to be a Christian.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the link. It mirrors much of my discomfort with the current state of the church in America.

    I was in a promise keepers meeting last month and when a viet nam vet/evangalist spoke of being American as virtually the same as being Christian, I was totally overwhelmed with sadness as the whole audience cheered in agreement.

    I saw a program about travel in Laos, which reported that Laos held the distinction of being the most bombed country in the history of the world. One planeload of bombs (70,000#’s for a B52) every eight minutes, 365 days a year for 9 years. This is a country the size of Utah. I’ve never heard anyone apologize to a country we weren’t ever at war with.

    I always come back to Jefferson’s quote that God is just and His justice will not rest forever.

  3. Anonymous says:

    His comment that we are 2nd to last in giving to the poor is wrong and misleading; he only counts money paid by our federal government, not money spent by our Churches and by individuals.

    Look at the aid given after the Tsunami; the money given by ordinary Americans dwarfed the money given by the rest of the world.

    It is not the job of our government to be a good Christian, it is the job of each of us. We need to do the work, not complain that our government is not.