Christ and Caesar
3 hours ago
"on an appointed day they had been accustomed to meet before daybreak, and to recite a hymn by turns to Christ, as to a god, and to bind themselves by an oath, not for the commission of any crime but to abstain from theft, robbery, adultery and breach of faith, and not to deny a deposit when it was claimed".That's right, we somehow went from a point where the persecutors of Christianity basically described them as "a bunch of weirdo's really into being good and not committing crimes" to a point where Christian seems to be a synonym for "bigoted hypocrite". It seems that power is like crack to the Church - once it gets a taste it just craves more and from there its a terrible spiral downward. Before they had power Christians worshipped Jesus with simple adoration and focused on doing good and having character. After gaining the upper hand the simplicity was replaced by endless bickering over theological minutia, various schisms and much ugliness. I really liked the way Shane Claiborne put it, "Christianity spreads best not through force but through fascination". One of the worst ideas of all time was spreading Christianity by legislation.