Coming from a culture of evangelical Christians, one of the things we sometimes love to do is pretend that we are warriors against evil under siege, outmanned, and outgunned, while in reality we live in one of history’s most tolerant cultures for Christianity that has perhaps ever existed.
And, in reality, we don’t fight evil so much as we loudly complain about the morals of ‘the kids these days” and how it’s taking our country to ‘hell in a handbasket’, and then we count it persecution when some people laugh and mock us for this Bible LARP’ing.
(If we really fought injustice, stood with the oppressed, loved the prisoners and the outcasts, and fought against the privileged and powerful, no doubt we would actually see some pushback and persecution, but that type of fight isn’t for us.)
Which is why you can have pastors and other actors speaking publicly against gay marriage, fighting to keep it illegal and keep gay folks from building their own families and bonds comparing themselves to a man who participated in a plot to kill (arguably) the most evil man of the 20th century.
Bonhoeffer assisted in an attempt to assassinate Hitler (the subject of a recent film starring Tom Cruise), primarily because the infamous Führer was actively coopting Christian churches in Germany for his own needs, seizing whole sections of Europe using one of the most powerful militaries ever assembled, and waging one of the bloodiest wars in human history with the goal of establishing a new world order based on the supposed genetic supremacy of white Germans. This in addition to Hitler’s overseeing of the Holocaust, the systematic murder of millions of Jews, Romani people, Poles, communists, and yes, LGBT people as a part of his “Final Solution.” This genocide was enacted by requiring Jews and others to wear symbols acknowledging their “non-Aryan” status, siloing them into ghettos, shipping them off to concentration camps, forcing them into gas chambers, and performing perverse, horrific medical experiments on Jewish men, women, and even children.
By contrast, today’s conservative Christians such as Scarborough are invoking Bonhoeffer because LGBT people are being granted the right to marry in the United States.
Regardless of one’s politics or theology, these two situations are not in any way equivalent, and the comparison is offensive on the face of it.
No, they aren’t equivilent, but that’s not the point. The point is to dress up in shining righteous armor in front of the crowds and pretend to be fighting the good fight, all the while children continue to go to bed hungry in this country, injustice flourishes, and the oppressed continue to be downtrodden.
As I said, it’s not Christianity so much as it’s LARP’ing. And, frankly, it should be mocked.