I read a quote by Jon Stewart recently. He said, "Yes, the long war on Christianity. I pray that one day we may live in an America where Christians can worship freely! In broad daylight! Openly wearing the symbols of their religion... perhaps around their necks? And maybe -- dare I dream it? -- maybe one day there can be an openly Christian President. Or, perhaps, 43 of them. Consecutively.”
I grew up in a religious culture that often talked about the "war on Christianity." There was much concern about prayer in schools, Roe vs. Wade, selling Playboy at the Stop-n-Go...
As an adult, I've come to believe that it is an easier thing to focus externally. We can wrap ourselves in the pride of our "rightness" and fight an enemy from without. And if there is enough loud energy with that, we can ignore the real front the "war on Christianity" is taking place on. The internal front.
Our "selves" don't want to be like Christ. They don't want to love others as much as they love themselves. They struggle with pride, lust, envy, greed, gluttony, anger and laziness.
It occurs to me that if we win the internal war, then the external one becomes won by default.