Watching different groups of people claim victimhood is getting a bit old.
America has become a country where everybody seems to be staking their claim as an oppressed people group. But when my own tribe, the one referred to as “Christians” does it, it bothers me the most.
So why do we do it? Why do so many tribes want to be identified as victims?
Here’s why: Because being a victim gives you power.
If you identify as a victim, you are calling somebody else your oppressor. Identifying as a victim is a veiled attack. It sucks the energy into yourself. It causes people to rise up to your defense.
Sadly, though, it has a downside.
There has never been a single hero in a single movie who self-identified as a victim. And there has never been a single great leader who has self-identified as a victim, either.
Of course it’s true every demographic, at one point or another, has faced oppression. No single group can claim they are the sole tribe in the universe who is being beaten down.
What good does it do to self-identify as a victim? It’s a weak position.
It’s a sickly stance.
Nelson Mandela was a true victim, but he did not self-identify as a victim.
Martin Luther King was a true victim, but did not self-identify as a victim. Mother Theresa was neglected and oppressed but self-identified as humble and conquering.
Are Christians in America victims?
Many of them want to be.
They want to be the heroic, oppressed population because it gives them power and pity.
But in a nation where you can’t win the White House without claiming a relationship with Christ, and where the most watched reality show involves a family who prays before meals, and there are ten massive church auditoriums for every playhouse and symphony hall, are we really an oppressed people group? Really?
Are we really bloodied by the side of the ditch, licking our wounds? Or are we just being wimpy and entitled?
Certainly many Christians have been persecuted for their faith.
But every people group faces discrimination. Consider Native Americans as our country was being settled. Or Jews during the holocaust. Or African Americans being held as captive slaves in Haiti, The Dominican Republic and in America.
What about women who were denied the rights to vote?
I think there are much more hurting populations than the white, Evangelicals in modern-day America.
And I think it’s pretty low and soft of us to whine about our little wounds.
I’m not a victim.
Sure, some people don’t like me for my faith, but look around at the other people groups who have it worse. What in the world do I have to complain about? Christ has made me a conqueror and he’s named me as such.
Those who want me to play the victim can step aside.
Some of us are a little tired of all the whining.
Christ came for the victims, not to manipulate people by playing the victim. I’m going to follow His lead.