Maybe you missed it, but Rosie Oâ€™Donnell made some outrageous remarks on â€œThe Viewâ€ this week. In an exchange with Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Oâ€™Donnell said that â€œRadical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have a separation of church and state.â€You can watch the video of Oâ€™Donnellâ€™s remarks by clicking here.
Hasselbeck countered Oâ€™Donnellâ€™s comments by saying that, â€œWe are not bombing ourselves here in the country. We are being attacked.â€ Even cohost Joy Behar was compelled to respond to Oâ€™Donnellâ€™s outlandish claims saying, â€œChristians are not threatening to kill us. This group (radical Islamists) is threatening to kill us.â€
I think most people will recognize that Rosie Oâ€™Donnell is way off the mark on this one. But I was surprised at the audienceâ€™s reaction to what she said. When Oâ€™Donnell said that Christianity is just as dangerous as radical Islam, the studio audience erupted in applause.
That such a thing could be spoken in America today and that it could be met with such gushing approval prove that we are indeed living in the midst of a post-Christian culture.
Christians have been the objects of slanderous attacks throughout the history of the church. In the early centuries of the churchâ€™s history, pagans accused Christians of being cannibals and of committing incest. Neither of these charges were true. The pagans were simply distorting the Christian teaching on the Lordâ€™s Supper and on the status of married Christians who called one another â€œbrotherâ€ and â€œsisterâ€ in Christ.
We should not be surprised that Christianity has its detractors even today. The most important thing for Christians to do in response to slanderers like Rosie Oâ€™Donnell is not to insist that she be removed from â€œThe View.â€ The most important thing that we can do is to testify to the glory of Christ in both word and deed. That testimony includes loving Rosie Oâ€™Donnell and praying for her. When the body of Christ bears faithful witness to its crucified and risen Head in this way, no amount of slanders will prevail against it.