Needless to say, the article in the Aug. 29th Sunday Age entitled, “Christian lobby pushes for end to lockdowns, don’t fear death,” was anything but Christian. It is certainly true that we should not be ‘led around by the nose’ by the fear of death, and Jesus would agree, I’m sure; however, the willingness to risk the lives of others, particularly the elderly and those who are already physically impaired, is about as far from Christian as one can get. (The youthful image that the ACL projects perhaps explains their lack of concern about the older members of the society.)
I think the motivation of the Christian Lobby may not be the explicit fear of death, but, actually, it is fear: the fear of losing dollars, the fear of losing control and, at least unconsciously, the fear of losing masculinity. You can bet their policy was not drafted by women, because it is all about a masculine reaction to threat: getting out there on the battlefield to meet the enemy, not hiding behind locked doors like a coward. The rewards of winning are the spoils of war, which in this case include a prosperous economy, a medal (figuratively speaking) to pin on one’s chest, a cheer from the watching crowds, and something to crow about in the next election. If there are casualties, so be it, and as everyone knows and accepts, in war there is ‘collateral damage’ among the innocent.
There is, in this policy by the so-called Christian Lobby, echoes of the attitudes that are all too prevalent in the United States, which, as I have explained elsewhere (click here to read), is the among the most fearful nations on earth. In fact it is a fear of death, but it comes disguised. It is the same kind of fear that leads people to bury their heads in the ground in the face of serious threats such as climate change, whilst they arm themselves, both literally and figuratively, to face imagined threats,
Their fear is such that they cannot abide change or loss of personal control; hence they rail against wearing masks and getting vaccinated as a breach of their ‘constitutional rights’. Motivated by fear as they are, they represent the antithesis of faithfulness. Their real God is mammon, because money means an increased ability to shape one’s political and social environment, so a threat to their prosperity exacerbates their fear. It is fear of death, because it is a fear of the loss of the things they use use to protect themselves from death.
The bottom line is that when people advertise themselves as Christian, there is a very good chance that they’re not. Real Christians advertise with their deeds. As the song says, “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” I think it is fair to judge any person or organisation that calls itself Christian by this criterion.