It’s one of those several times of year when everyone begins to celebrate and make claims. Claims based on a fable written several thousand years ago, and constantly changed ever since. We hear about certain values, about the rising of the dead, about how light has been brought back into the (Christian) world. The British Prime Minister Cameron lauds Christian values, which have made the United Kingdom what it is today, and the Pope claims that death has been conquered.
Screenshot Source: Pope Francis / Twitter
I wonder how many of those celebrating, especially in the public domain, have given thought to what they say, write or whatever. If Cameron believes that the present day society he lives in is based exclusively on Christian values, and that society was shaped by them, then he has a lot of answering to do, a lot of work to change all that. A quick glance through some of the many downsides of British values, of extremism in their overseas domains, in the manner in which they, as Christians, treated other people, other nations, shows how wrong he is. Most people in the United Kingdom today, I am sure, would hate to be connected to many of those values, the ones which caused so much death and suffering in the name of Christ, Queen / King and Empire.
And Christ is risen? Isn’t this something we hear from cult leaders, waiting on top of a hill for aliens to arrive in their spaceships and bring a new light into a our lives, or, at least, into those of the believers? It is repeated every single year, and still nothing happens, no resurrection, no betterment of our lives, no blinding light or eternal life.
Perhaps, rather than making baseless claims, rather than bringing up values which are outdated and, frankly, embarrassing, politicians and religious leaders should address the problems of today in a manner suited to the society of today. No calling on a man who might have lived two thousand years ago – and was never a Christian – and no calling on values which caused the deaths of millions and enrichment of a few hundred. It’s time to come to terms with the way the world is today, and confront it and all its problems in a manner fitting our modern society, our modern way of life and our current beliefs and values.
- Viktoria Michaelis.