The Vatican is hosting a massive conference in a few weeks called “Unite To Prevent & Unite To Cure: Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul” and I’m going to go ahead and spoil the ending for you—no hymns will be sung, there’ll be no altar call, and I will be very surprised if a single prayer is uttered. Speakers at the conference include Frances Collins, head of the National Institutes of Health, Tony Fauci, Chelsea Clinton, Deepak Chopra, Cindy Crawford, and Aerosmith guitarist, Joe Perry, among many, many others. You may be wondering why the Vatican, of all things, is hosting such a conference. I think I know why, and if you consider yourself a Christian, it should concern every one of you—Catholic or not.
If you haven’t noticed, there’s a lot of movies, books, and TV shows these days about the end times. Dystopian fantasies, they’re often called. The Road. The Stand. The Walking Dead. Hunger Games. World War Z. They all involve a theme where things have gone very wrong in the world and everyone is reduced to the struggle for survival. Gone are Saturday night barbecues, trips to Disney World, and drive-thru meals, and nearly every other convenience humans enjoy on any given day. Within the dystopian genre, these activities are often replaced with scavenging, hiding, running, and killing. It’s a popular theme these days and I think I know why: we miss having a tribe.
Have you noticed that Christians, particularly white Christian men, are so often targeted for attack these days? If you haven’t noticed, life has become challenging for those of us who profess our faith in Jesus and/or listen to country music. All over the world, it seems the heart of every problem—every political, racial, sociological, or economic woe there is—can be attributed directly to white Christian men. Why is this? If all races, all genders, all religions are truly equal, then how are we so uniquely gifted at exploiting the system? Wouldn’t that just prove we aren’t equal? Wouldn’t that just prove we are supreme—even if supremely evil—over all other races, genders, and religions? I consider myself no better or worse than anyone else. THEY apparently do not. Doesn’t that make THEM white supremacists?