In the last 20 years there has been much headway made in regards to dispelling Homophobia in American society. Even those who disagree with the gay lifesyle, and may express their view to the contrary, at least accept that gays and lesbians are people. Many still don’t. But more do. And yet Christophobia is rampant.
Christophobia (fear of Christ and His followers) is not only alive and well, but seems to be on the rise. This is as bad as Homophobia not only because it pre-judges a person, but it does it in the name of tolerance. In the name of open mindedness. In the name of progress. And yet, it is anything but that. For it is prejudice. Period.
I understand my gay friends when they tell me stories of being rejected for just being gay, because I have experienced years of that myself of being rejected for just being a Christian. A good example of this goes thus: “Yeah, Rocket is a pretty cool guy and a hot Guitarslinger but…” What comes after the “but” is Christophobia. Or lines like, “If he just wasn’t such a Jesus freak”. Another one, “He is such a smart guy, but… how can he be so naive?” And worse remarks than that. Usually they don’t say it to my face (but you know how words get around). And they usually don’t say it to my other Christian friends’ faces, because they know us enough to be very well aware that if we are provoked or prodded or condescended to, that we will respond swiftly and sharply and defend our faith on personal, philosophical, historical, and non-violent social justice grounds with lives to back it up.
So how did American society get so damn Christophobic? To begin with I think that it is because conservatives hate the Christian Left and liberals hate the Christian Right. A lot of it has to do with how a person is raised, too. Alter boys and preachers’ kids have it the worst. Like Frank Zappa said, “forcing a child to go to church is like putting a loaded gun in his hand”. So we have a society now that instead of really thinking about what the Good News of Christ really is, it acts out against the followers of Jesus, and acts out mindlessly. I have seen friends of mine get pissed on, and had broken bones for preaching the Good News on the streets. I myself have had been in danger many times for either an open proclamation of Good News, or obeying what Christ said in taking care of those in need.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died for being a Christian, because it lead him to his work on civil rights. Harvey Milk died for being gay because he understood the rejection as a homosexual and decided to fight for the same civil rights of others. I am not writing this to complain. For Christ did not say, “If you are persecuted for my name”, but “when”. Choices have consequences. I have no regrets for being His follower. It is just that those who are Christophobic must realize that it is as bad as Homophobia, and like any prejudice, be it race, creed, color, or sexual orientation, it stinks to high heaven.