Thinking more about TheOriginalPhoenix‘s comment on my post “Silence” Shows Why Loving Your Enemies Is So Important…
This dude is bonkers. Don’t even waste your time on his negativity.
…made me ask myself: “How do I manage my anger?”
I agree with TheOriginalPhoenix: Tom Snyder is bonkers. And I shouldn’t waste time on his negativity.
But: I feel like I have to.
It’s because I’m a Christian. (Specifically, a Catholic.)
I see this man Tom saying the most outrageous things in the name of Christianity, and I think No. I will not allow you to do that.
Two example of “outrageous things”:
1. “Death is not the worst thing that can happen to you.”*
~ One of Tom’s justifications for nuking civilians (i.e., people who weren’t fighting in the war: doctors, priests, the old, the sick, the wounded, etc.)
2. “…Imperial Japan was brutal under Hirohito and the Buddhist military dictatorship.”
When I asked Tom how Buddhism, a worldview that stresses living a life of peace and harmony, justifies the rape and murder that Japan’s military did during WWII, I got no response from him. He makes a claim, and then he doesn’t back it up.
I know I shouldn’t do anything. But, I feel I can’t not do something.
I feel I can’t turn a blind eye to this. This is something that I have the power to do something about — I have the capability to call Tom Snyder out on his bullsh*t.
It doesn’t help that Tom is the editor for a prominent Christian organization: Movieguide.
Which allows him to potentially influence millions.
I don’t know what to do…
It is during times like this that I turn to my Catholic faith, and people like Dr. Wolf, for help. I can relate to FireBrand:
*On the one hand: I agree. As a Catholic, I believe that death, no matter how horrifying, is not the worst thing that can happen to you — losing your soul is.
On the other hand: I would never use that belief as a justification for inflicting horrible pain and suffering on others. I would never say “Death isn’t the worst” in order to try and minimize the horror of turning little kids into shadows on pavement and leaving widows to die screaming, from radiation burns, in the rubble of their houses.
God doesn’t want anyone to die.
The only reason that death exists, according to the Bible, is because Adam and Eve disobeyed God. (Genesis 3:7) Death was never a part of God’s plan for humanity.
And the reason that Jesus came to Earth was to alleviate the fear and despair that can come with the realization that one’s days are numbered. (Luke 23:43)