This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Avoid trying to Christianize everything you do

Please resist the urge to Christianize everything you do. On the surface it seems like a good idea, like it is motivated by a good impulse, that you are just trying to ensure that you are living a Christian life. But if you insist on it, you will, I assure you, wind up deifying your own petty preferences and not only will you be insufferable, but you’ll bring shame to the Gospel by giving non-believers the wrong impression that your hobbies, interests, prejudices, and passions, are somehow essential parts of Christianity, simply because you have insisted on annexing them to it. Yes, everything that is good is from God, but it does not take much discernment to see that not everything needs to be ‘dogmatically incorporated’ into one’s faith in order to be appreciated as a good thing. One of the most heinous examples of this behavior is the tendency among some Americans to marry ‘Guns and God’ and to proudly label themselves ‘Christian gun owners.’ It is not that gun ownership is contrary to right order, but it is certainly problematic to associate Christ too closely with a weapon of violence.

While it is legitimate for an individual whose vocation is war to be a Christian, it is not legitimate to present the violence associated with that way as a normal part of the Christian life. It should be considered, within the Christian context, as an exceptional path, and not a normal one, since by any objective appraisal it is not at all the path Christ laid out for his followers to emulate.

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