As I understand it, Christians are people who believe in Jesus Christ and worship a single God. In the past year, I’ve heard an awful lot of strange remarks regarding Christians.
During the course of the last election cycle, a lot of fundamentalist Christians did a lot of mudslinging. They used a lot of dirty tactics to try to put another Republican in the White House. In some ways this was fortunate. It opened the eyes of millions of Christian Americans forcing them to take a stand and show that the views of Christian fundamentalists were not their own.
I feel this will nurture a greater understanding and acceptance between Christians and non-Christians in America. Prior to the presidential election, what the world saw of America’s Christians was not pretty. The Christianity we saw advertised was bigoted, elitist, and judgmental. The Christianity advertised sought to hamper human rights, turn its back on the poor, and cripple education. It looked like a big display of WJWD – or What Jesus Wouldn’t Do.
Those advertisements are what lost their cause in this last round. Millions of Christian Americans were watching and they were appalled. They didn’t agree with divisiveness and bigotry. Valuing their own freedoms and the freedoms of others as well they didn’t want to see the separations of church and state to fall.
When liberal American Christians spoke out, they were attacked by those vocal fundamentalists. They were called bad Christians, accused of turning their backs on God, and even called atheists. Whole blocks of Christian fundamentalists called the entire liberal complement of the United States atheist Liberals even though the people they were talking about were mostly believers in Christ.
As you can imagine, this pissed a lot of people off. So, finally, we non-Christians actually got to see what most American Christians are like. They aren’t the talking heads on TV or the protesters with vile signs invading funerals. They aren’t the politicians sending youngsters off to kill and die for “God’s mission.”
Until recently, the majority of American Christians had no more representation in the media than atheists did. We can see you now, and it’s a very reassuring picture. Just like us, you want the poor to be fed, the sick to be well, the children to be educated, justice to be served, and the freedom of all to be preserved as well as our safety.
It just goes to show you that you can’t believe advertisements; you just have to check out the “product” yourself.