Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves:
Occasionally I run into someone who sees nothing good in Christianity. For people like this, Christianity gets blamed for colonialism, the condition of First Nations peoples, slavery and racism, the oppression of women, violence, hypocrisy, intolerance, sectarianism, fundamentalism and…Is there anything left? Paul Kivel, an American writer, educator, activist and co-founder of the Oakland Men’s Project once blamed Christianity for everything bad in the world. Really?
I am a confessing Christian and I will be the first to acknowledge my own sinful condition and that I have broken every one of the Ten Commandments more than once, knowingly and unknowingly, hurting myself, others and the world I live in. My brothers and sisters in Christ are no better. The Christian faith is not the cause of all the problems in the world, but rather it helps us see both our sinful condition and how we have contributed to the ravages of sin, death and the devil we all experience in greater and lesser degrees. It is not the Christian Gospel in its truth and purity that is the source of the problem here, but the sinful human nature of every one of us, believer and unbeliever, and a big part of that sinful condition is blaming someone else (see Genesis 3:8-12).