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Satan, the Father of Cheap Christianity

Gwendal Uguen

Stephen Herreid - published on 05/15/14

But Christians can, in their own way, commit a similar offence, the same in kind if not in degree, by casting “pearls” before unrepentant “swine.” Don’t condemn me, this is Scripture. In fact, Christ put it even more pointedly: When a gentile woman sought His help, He insisted that it’s “not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” He only granted her request after she proved her repentance, conceding His point and comparing herself to a cowering, starving, and, more importantly, bad dog, in need of mercy.

The prayers at Harvard were beautiful, and I’m glad the World was able to see our faith displayed in solemn procession. The Mystery of our faith was held high, and no doubt some were duly impressed with its awesomeness. But in the aftermath, we need to guard against the temptation to use this dark episode as a PR campaign, to sell the Awesome Mysteries of Christ for thirty minutes of airtime. If people aren’t interested in our Liturgy, a ritual largely made up of self-abasement, cries for mercy, and the praise of a just and fiercely loving God, then let them remain outside until they truly hunger and thirst for justice.

Yes, the Satanists retreated from the Harvard campus. That doesn’t mean Christians should hand out the Gospels like cheap party favors and invite the mostly apathetic masses join us in the Holy of Holies for a meet and greet with the Crucified Lord. The intention may be to spread the Gospel. The plan of action is unconscionable.

Stephen Herreid is currently a Fellow at the John Jay Institute (Philadelphia) and the arts editor for Humane Pursuits. He has been a Contributing Editor to The Intercollegiate Review Online and has contributed several chapters to the latest edition of ISI’s Choosing the Right College.

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