Archive for February 4th, 2008

I saw this post the other day, and after watching the video it links to, a couple things come to mind.  First, I ask myself who the intended audience is.  It seems to me that though this video will possibly be watched by a relative handful of non-Christians, it will most likely be watched by Christians. Second, I ask myself what the intended message of the video is.  It seems a major purpose of this video is to make Christians feel good about themselves at the expense of others. That being said, it seems that this video does have evangelistic intentions as well. If I were a non-Christian watching this video, what would it tell me about Christians?

Honestly, I think if I were a non-Christian seeing this, I would feel that a lot of my suspicions and stereotypes about Christians were confirmed.  The way the big guy in the video, who is presented as a Christian, seems to enjoy ridiculing the other guy, the message that “Christians are right and everyone else is wrong and stupid” comes across, and even the way the non-Christian guy is portrayed as a punk all send a strong message that Christians care more about being and proving themselves right than they actually care about me.

Now, I honestly don’t think the people who produced this video meant to send this message.  I think they truly felt they were doing a service.  I think they had good intentions.  Unfortunately, we are rarely judged only by our intentions.  I think many Christians feel that they are losing influence in society, and they are at a point of desperation to get it back.  Unfortunately, I feel that responses in this vein cause more harm than good.

Personally, I think the theme that comes across loudest to me in things like this is that of Christians thanking God we aren’t like those sinners and “evilotionists”. It is 180-degrees opposite from the attitude of humility we are called to live in.  It seems that in our zeal to win an argument, we often forget to put others first.  In Luke 14, Jesus says the following while eating at the house of a Pharisee (which makes the whole thing all the more socially awkward):

When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

If we truly want to reach others, it seems that we need to come to a place where we would rather be humiliated than than humiliate our supposed enemies.  The way of Christ always involves making ourselves smaller than others, not by ridiculing them or besting them in an argument.  This is something I constantly need to remind myself of.

 p.s. – I’m not posting this to get into a long, protracted debate over competing claims of the mechanisms and duration of the Creation story.  It is only meant as a commentary on the general tone and style of the video itself.

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I thought this picture was an interesting graphic. Personally, I’m somewhat skeptical of most of these types of stats. Thanks go out to Chris Paytas, of love that knows no agenda fame, for bringing it to my attention. I’ll present it as is. Someone asked me how the chart might look if we were to chart self-righteousness instead of denominations. I imagine there were would be some pretty strong spots.

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