It is no good asking for a simple religion. After all, real things are not simple… If we ask for something more than simplicity, it is silly then to complain that the something more is not simple. Very often, however, this silly procedure is adopted by people who are not silly, but who, consciously or unconsciously, want to destroy Christianity. Such people put up a version of Christianity suitable for a child of six and make that the object of their attack.
That C.S. Lewis quote from Mere Christianity came to mind with the recent Chick-fil-A flap. Reading all the pro-homosexual anger on Facebook and elsewhere, as well as the usual equivocators within the church who are always anxious to avoid being insufficiently progressive, you’d think there is this huge strand of self-righteousness throughout the church. So many hypocrisy-seeking progressives always like to talk about gray areas, but they view the believing churchman as a straw man, for no one can honestly and seriously oppose the homosexual gospel of tolerance. There is no charity to be given to one’s opponents.
Maybe I’ve been in the reformed ghetto too long with its emphasis on depravity and our remaining sin, but I’ve been around serious Christians of all denominations for a lot of years, and I can’t remember more than a few who I found overly self-righteous. At times everyone sees the speck in their brother’s eye rather than the log in their own, but in general my experience is that Christians are much more humble than unbelievers. An understanding and adoption of Scripture and its teachings is a moderating influence on one’s pride.