Christians: Spiritual Condescension is NOT Love
Okay... as I told Holy_Spirit_is_Welcome (and he has yet to respond to me), my definition of love must be quite different from the so-called "love" of Christians. Apparently, when I Christian invokes this word to a non-Christian, what it means is that the Christian holds out the hope (or possibly even has "faith" that one day the non-Christian will accept Jesus as their savior. Implied here is the threat of hellfire and eternal torment, should the non-Christian continue to not accept Christ. At this point I'd like to invite everyone here to de-construct this notion of "love," which I have found in my experiences to be far closer to condescension.
Do I love people I don't know? Not really. The most I can say about someone I've never met is that theoretically I bear no ill-will toward them. At most, I am disinterestedly benevolent toward those I don't personally know.
Who wants to back me up here, and destroy once and for all the theistic notion that all-encompassing, condescending arrogance masked in spiritual overtones, with a tacit or express threat to the so-called "sinner," is NOT "love?" Being patronizing is NOT being "loving." The churches and pastors seem to be teaching people to call condescension in the name of Christ "love." I say this is one irrational precept we need to viciously dismantle right now. Who's with me?
“It is true that in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. It is equally true that in the land of the blind, the two-eyed man is an enemy of the state, the people, and domestic tranquility… and necessarily so. Someone has to rearrange the furniture.”