Easiest; hardest

Ann Coulter may not be a sophisticated theologian. She is also known to treat writing as a literary version of cage fighting: no holds barred. Her column today provides a rousing defense of our common faith.

Her column is in response to the frothing at the mouth moaning of so-called liberals in response to Brit Hume of Fox News. Yes, the very same Dread Pirate Roberts Fox News, that according to liberals eats babies and runs over innocent dogs. Brit had the temerity, in an opinion piece, to suggest that Tiger Woods might be a better man if he became a Christian.

Now I don’t particularly care what Tiger Woods does, except I’m with Brit: any one who truly converts to Christianity is a gain for peace on earth. And Ann’s column is both funny and true. Her tag line captures a vital truth:

Christianity is simultaneously the easiest religion in the world and the hardest religion in the world.

I can attest that Christianity is both of these things: easy; hard.

Ann nails the easy part:

In the no-frills, economy-class version, you don’t need a church, a teacher, candles, incense, special food or clothing; you don’t need to pass a test or prove yourself in any way. All you’ll need is a Bible (in order to grasp the amazing deal you’re getting) and probably a water baptism, though even that’s disputed.

The hard part? Christianity is also the hardest religion in the world, she writes,

because, if you believe Christ died for your sins and rose from the dead, you have no choice but to give your life entirely over to Him. No more sexual promiscuity, no lying, no cheating, no stealing, no killing inconvenient old people or unborn babies — no doing what all the other kids do.

We all sin, and no one likes to be told they are sinning. Therein lies one reason why those who are not Christian accuse us of hypocrisy, and worse, when one of use suggests, correctly, that Tiger Woods (and everyone else) would be better off as Christians than not.

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