The Firefly Test

I’ve been getting sick of the politicization of Christianity — the tendency to equate Christianity with American conservatism.

Why?

Because I don’t see how the two mix.

For example:

When a person stands in front of the pearly gates, I don’t think God is going to care that they weren’t a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

If you, like me, don’t like how conservatism, and not Christianity, appears to be ruling a person’s heart, I’ve thought up a test to help determine which values that person holds most dear:

The values of Jesus:

  1. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5:44)
  2. All who live by the sword will die by the sword. (Matthew 26:52)

Or:

The values of America:

  1. An eye for an eye. (Matthew 5:38)
  2. Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. (Matthew 5:43)
  3. The ends justify the means.

I call it “The Firefly Test”:

Watch Grave of the Fireflies (1988) and, upon discussing it, if the person you watched it with spends more time attempting to justify the firebombing of Japan than considering Seita’s and Setsuko’s mental and physical journey, than I would say that’s an indication that a person holds America’s reputation more dear than empathizing with people who were once considered America’s enemy.

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