9 LIES The Media Tells About Christians
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#1 Sep 9, 2013
9 Lies Media Tells About Christians
Read this article by Frank Viola...Check it out and see what you think:
I realize that the media is not a monolith. So Im using the word generally here. However, over the last year, Ive seen the following narrative played out in scores of interviews, commentaries, and pundit discussions across the TV news networks, magazines, and the Internet. Ive identified nine common lies perpetuated by people in the media.
Lie 1. Evangelical Christians are intolerant.Intolerance is the new clay word that is used to strong-arm an entire group of people who dissent from the conventional wisdom. Thus if a person believes that Jesus is the only way to receive eternal life (as most evangelicals do), they are deemed intolerant because the conventional wisdom is to believe that eternal life doesnt exist. Or if it does, Jesus is but one way among many ways to obtain it. In short,intolerance has been redefined by many in our time to put pressure on those who dissent from the status quo. Granted, some evangelicals are (unfortunately) intolerant of anyones beliefs but their own. But many are not.
Lie 2. Evangelical Christians hate gays and lesbians. Unfortunately, some Christians despise those in the LGBT community. However, there are many Christians who understand marriage in the traditional way (exclusively between a man and a woman) yet genuinely care for LGBT people. Interestingly, President Obama was against same-sex marriage not too long ago. I dont recall anyone saying that he hated gays or lesbians at the time.
What I believe is that marriage is between a man and a woman ... What I believe, in my faith, is that a man and a woman, when they get married, are performing something before God, and its not simply the two persons who are meeting. Obama in an Interview with WTTW Chicago public television in October 2004.
I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage ... Obama in an October 2010 interview with Joe Sudbay while expressing a struggle over the issue and evolving attitudes.
There are evangelical Christians who break with the traditional view of marriage and homosexuality. But the suggestion that all people who affirm the traditional view of marriage hate gay people is patently false.
Lie 3. Evangelical Christians vote Republican. Some do, however, many vote Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, and some dont vote at all, thinking that voting is to pick up the sword and affirm the Empire (see Yoder and Hauerwas on that score).
Lie 4. Evangelicals are a monolith. This is hardly the truth. As I argued in Beyond Evangelical, the evangelical coalition is incredibly diverse on all fronts and its fracturing. So much so that the word evangelical must be redefined today. On its own, the word is practically meaningless.
Lie 5. Evangelicals are mostly concerned about outlawing abortion, having limited government, getting prayer back in schools, standing against gay rights, gun control, and evolution being taught in the public schools. While some evangelicals believe all of these things, many do not. And among those who would agree in principal with the ideas, they are not priorities. On the contrary, many evangelicals are supremely concerned with the environment and the plight of the poor.
Lie 6. Evangelicals are warmongers. Some evangelicals support war in certain cases, others do not. In fact, many evangelicals are vocally opposed to it.
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Pg2 Lie 7. Evangelicals are hypocrites. The original meaning of the word hypocrite is someone who pretends or puts on a show. Thus a person who speaks out against the use of handguns, but owns and uses handguns themselves would fit the definition. Hypocrisy doesnt mean imperfection or the inability to make mistakes. All Christians are imperfect and all have made mistakes in their lives. The rare exception being Jesus of Nazareth. So while hypocrisy is present in the evangelical community, its also present in every people-group and movement on the planet.
Lie 8. Evangelicals hate President Obama. Its unthinkable that a genuine Christian would hate anyone.Hateful Christian is an oxymoron. Nevertheless, many evangelicals love Obama yet disagree with many of his policies. Other evangelicals support Obama and affirm many of his policies. If an evangelical Christian hates anyone, they are violating one of the central commands of the Bible something to which all evangelicals claim to believe in. On that score, Obamas words about those who hate him are both wise and have very wide application.
Lie 9. Evangelicals set homosexuality above every other kind of sin. Some certainly do, unfortunately. But many view it as no greater a sin than gossip, slander, outbursts of anger, and lying (pointing to Pauls works of the flesh lists where he puts slander and outbursts of anger on the same par as gross sexual sins). And as previously stated, some evangelicals do not believe that homosexuality is a sin.(Thats another conversation for another time.)
In summary, dont be swept away by these lies even though someone with a bigger megaphone than yours happens to be heralding them.
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