Apart from being an old curmudgeon and accosted by well-meaning youth behind fast food counters who want to float me a senior special so that I will not fall down in hunger, I think of myself as an open-minded citizen of the republic.
So, when I encounter those who want to cancel or revise our country's history with all the bad things that were done, I tend to agree with them. To a point. We have a track record that when it comes to non-Europeans we encountered over the centuries, our prejudices came out in force. However, over the years, we have tried to improve ourselves as a nation of many, and many non-Europeans have weighed in on the side of the slow positive increase of a nation that seeks the good of others. We still are sinner-saints, so we will never become perfect, yet we have come a long way.
That is why whenever I hear someone lumping not just Western Civilization, but also Christianity, into some trash heap, I would remind them of their lack of historical understanding.
Religion, or rather, Christianity, brought hope into a world that had slid into a terrible decline. Learning, health care and government were all served by religious people who founded hospitals, who created universities, who educated not just clergy and religious teachers, but also prepared lay people to serve in government and civil affairs. Too much good and too many positive things came with Christians in the world, helping the world, but not of the world. They are our heroes.
For people to suddenly state that Christianity brought evil, and repression, they should recall their complete history. Read chapter 11 of the general epistle to the Hebrews to see the sinner-saints who had the hope of the coming Christ in them that allowed them to move forward in faith. People who have hope in the future share Christ in the present and are filled with joy and peace in the midst of trouble. We should extend that now.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
2 Corinthians 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.