“Christophobia” might be seen as a new word. As a word freak, I knew what it meant, but I’m not sure I’d ever read it in a sentence – until today.
You can read at length about Christophobia here, and in just about every national newspaper you can find from time to time. The concept behind the word is simple: some people are irrationally afraid of Jesus.
That doesn’t make any sense, does it? Why would anyone be afraid of the One who came to save us from our sins? Yet there are people who show their irrational fear of Jesus in the form of persecution of believers, all over the world.
It is said that the twentieth century was the century of the Christian martyr. More people died because of their devotion to Jesus in the twentieth century than in any previous era. But it’s not politically correct to say so. In fact, it’s not politically correct to say much about Jesus, unless you’re bashing him or his followers. And yet, here in Canada particularly, we say that we are a multicultural, pluralist society. But that seems to come with an ‘ABC’ caveat: we are multicultural and pluralistic, and we welcome any but Christian.
Our politicians seem to forget that many of Canada’s immigrants are followers of Christ. Some others, in my personal experience, come to Canada to explore the claims of Christ. Yet our leaders are afraid to express Christian values for fear of jamming them down someone’s throat. Last time I checked, there was a difference between ‘expressing’ and ‘jamming down the throat’.
It is a sad state of affairs when Canada, whose roots are more decidedly Christian than even our neighbours to the south, turns its back on its foundational principles in favour of something more politically correct. The truly sad thing is that we have the “right” to turn our backs on our foundational principles because those foundational principles are, in fact, biblically based. We owe the vast majority of our positive social movements – health care, voting rights, etc. – to the type of democracy envisioned for people in Scripture.
How do we stamp out Christophobia? God’s Word has something to say about that: “perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4.18, NIV). The opposite of fear is love, just as the opposite of hate is love. If followers of Jesus want to stamp out Christophobia, we need to demonstrate to the world that God is love through our own acts of love. When people see something different in you that they want to have, they’ll stop throwing stones at you and start asking you faith questions.