Wendell Berry on The Hatred of the Mob


In an article reporting Berry’s recent thoughts on homosexuality and homosexual marriage, Berry concluded with these piercing, prophetic words for a church that professes to follow a crucified Lord:

Condemnation by category is the lowest form of hatred, for it is cold-hearted and abstract, lacking even the courage of a personal hatred… Categorical condemnation is the hatred of the mob. It makes cowards brave. And there is nothing more fearful than a religious mob, a mob overflowing with righteousness – as at the crucifixion and before and since. This can happen only after we have made a categorical refusal to kindness: to heretics, foreigners, enemies or any other group different from ourselves.

Perhaps the most dangerous temptation to Christianity is to get itself officialized in some version by a government, following pretty exactly the pattern the chief priest and his crowd at the trial of Jesus… For want of a Pilate of their own, some Christians would accept a Constantine or whomever might be the current incarnation of Caesar.”

[READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE]

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