Wood, a Christian from Wales, asks, why does The Religious Right in the US squeal so loudly about being persecuted when in reality they are “completely in bed with the most powerful government on Earth, ” have serious financial resources, and control media conglomerates?
And yet, this voice continually reminds everyone how itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s actually on the margins. It claims that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a beleaguered minority, a faithful remnant beset on all sides by the hostile forces of the world.
Tell you what, lads Ã¢â‚¬” go hang out with some Christians in Myanmar, or Bhutan, or Armenia, or Saudi Arabia, or Palestine, or North Korea and then tell me youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re being persecuted.
The crux of the problem is, he continues, that Christianity was meant to be an outsider religion, for the underdog and the weak.
If weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not poor and marginalised, what are we doing wrong? Do we go out of our way to become marginalised? Do we do something radical and give all our stuff away and live in a community like that one in Sheffield? Do we give it all up and risk our lives Ã¢â‚¬” perhaps even losing them Ã¢â‚¬” ministering to people far away who do not know us or care for us?
Maybe we do. Maybe Christendom is so bankrupt that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s our only alternative.