The purpose of this post is to thoughtfully examine what our world, or at the very least our community, may have been like had the Christian religion never established a foothold in our cultural development. My intent is to objectively scrutinize Christianity and present to you, a world free from the cultural impact Christianity has had on Amerikan culture. Join me, as I try to present a community that might have been.
Allow me to tell you about my young child, Quincy. Quincy came home from school today, his favorite subject is history. He was so excited to tell me about his day that he rushed through the door, dropped his bag on the floor and ran over to the kitchen where I was preparing his afternoon snack. He began by telling me of how in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the “separate but equal” doctrine that formed the basis for state-sanctioned discrimination, drawing national and international attention to African Americans’ plight.
He anxiously went on to say that:
In the turbulent decade and a half that followed, civil rights activists used nonviolent protest and civil disobedience to bring about change, and the federal government made legislative headway with initiatives such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968.With Quincy's infectious excitement spreading, I asked,
What did you and your classmates think about this?
Astonishingly, Quincy responded by saying
The Civil Rights era showed us that, when people speak out against cruel and inhumane acts, they can make a difference. They cared enough for the human condition and believed that their community was worth standing up for.
To some extent this story is true. Civil Rights leaders rose up and took action in the name of freedom and equality. Many of them were driven by their faith to do this. I argue that, had Christianity never existed, people like you and me, like the brave leaders of that era, would have done the very same thing. We would have been driven to speak out against injustice, not because we thought that it was sinful to discriminate but because we knew it was not good for the long term well being of our community. We are intelligent enough, as a collective species, as a race, to realize that injustice is vile. I didn't have to realize it by reading a book supposedly inspired by gods. Neither do you.
And that, friends, is a day without Christianity.