However, when I think about the more bizarre sections of American Christianity (I am looking at you, Christian Zionists!) I can’t help but be a little jealous of the Russians. In the United States we have televangelists who literally promise miracles for people if they send them money. I wish I were exaggerating, but this is essentially what some of the more unscrupulous televangelists say. I don’t want to pick on Evangelicals too much (the vast majority are decent people and so are their ministers), so I think it can also be said that many mainline Protestants and even some Roman Catholics would prefer such a politically correct, watered-down version of Christianity that it is not surprising that so many Americans are attracted to the more emotionally powerful versions of Christianity, such as Pentecostalism and other faiths within the galaxy of Charismatic Christianity.
Western Christians (and American Christians in particular) need to do a better job recognizing the importance of our Orthodox brothers and sisters. The ignorance and prejudice that marks much of Western attitudes towards Eastern Christianity probably helps explain the popular nonchalance that accompanied the bombing of Serbia, the support for Islamist terrorists in Chechnya, and the invasion of Iraq, which has devastated that Middle Eastern country’s ancient and important Christian community.