It’s so popular for some Christians to say there is a “War Against Christianity”. It’s not easy to explain why there is no such war. I came across a way to explain it today, a “War Against Assumption”.
When I was a Mayor, I made appearances at endless conferences and gatherings in our town to extend a welcome from the City. The other part of opening ceremony custom is an appearance by a local pastor.
Even though I was a practicing Christian at the time, I would do a slow burn when a pastor would mention “Jesus Christ”, sometimes several times, in his prayer. I knew when people from all over gather for a conference, there are going to be non Christians. So, why not refer to all gods and spirits, or better to none, was my thinking.
The pastors, of course, were on automatic replay, repeating prayers they had given hundreds of times in their own churches and gave little thought to it. My welcomes were kind of repetitive as well.
Still, the assumption was there the audience was exclusively Christian. And, that’s the assumption made when people want to display nativity scenes and post Ten Commandments on public property.
I wish there were a little class pastors and priests could take about prayers outside their own church. It might include a reminder not to assume everyone, or even the majority, are Christian.
A few words about the fellowship of humans gathered for a common effort would be just right.
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