Oh, poor moderate Christians, the right-wing has eaten Christianity, and no one pays attention to the good Christians, oh no.
The Christian right in America has dozens of politicians and mega-pastors broadcasting its beliefs. Meanwhile, more moderate Christians hardly make the media radar.
Moderate and progressive Christian activism doesn’t make headlines and it’s certainly not clickbait. The basic goodness in my corner of Christianity garners pretty much no mainstream media attention. Crazy gets more clicks, so the extremists get all the airplay. The progressive message needs a signal boost.
Once I started posting Jesus memes, I realized I wasn’t facing anti-Christian bias on the part of my friends, but rather cluelessness. They had formulated their ideas about modern Christianity from what the media was telling them. To them, “Christian” equaled global-warming denier and homophobe. Was I one of those people, they wondered? They needed assurances that I didn’t see faith and science as mutually exclusive, or even faith and common sense. It was up to me to inform them that I was down with Bill Nye, not Lou Sheldon.
Yes, yes, people are just absolutely clueless about Christianity. And of course, all that nasty, judgmental Christianity that gets all the airplay, why it’s not at all real, right? What’s important about those nasty beliefs isn’t that they are being pushed into law everywhere, is that poor, moderate Christians aren’t getting equal time. I’d like to see a moderate Christian think past their own nose, and come to the full realization that they are the foundation upon which nasty, hateful, judgmental Christianity rests. If the poor, downtrodden moderate Christians want to be taken for something other than people who happily spread poison about, perhaps you should stop whining about memes, and do something that matters, like rise up against your brethren. Take a stand. Something relevant, something more than weakly declaring “but I’m a good Christian!” on social media.
The #notallchristians made a show. Not a good one. So, moderate Christians, where are all your grass roots campaigns? Where is the activism to take back Christianity? Where are the ads? Where are the billboards? Where are the protests? Hello? As I pointed out to #notallchristians, Atheists do those things. Satanists do those things. Various Humanist groups do those things. When are all the moderate Christians going to step up? Put those supposed values where your mouth is, please.