P.E.T.A., Punk Rawk, Christians, Old Navy, Germans, and Atheists

By:  Joey Svendsen

I guess some are hungry for a large dose of BS, but let’s keep it real from this point on; not everyone who does things in the name of Christ are Christians.  It’s frustrating and frankly, cheap,  when people point to the actions of the KKK, Westboro Baptist, and those of the Crusades (1095 – 1291 AD) to discredit Christianity. Here are just a few reasons why:

-Not all the stupid things that are/were done in the name of Christ (or Christianity) can be attributed to Christians, because the people that did them did not know Jesus and are NOT Christians!

 -Our leader Jesus (who we personally believe is God) is perfect, and Christians, (we) are not.

 -God is working on His kids to make them better.

-We ALL (Christians AND non) do STUPID, evil, screwed up stuff. 

So it’s silly to make a contrary case and quite frankly not fair to any group of people who may encounter this type of stereotyping. Let’s look at a list of 10 groups that have potential of receiving similar stereotyping, and you decide for yourself the fairness.

1.  How would PETA like it if some one defended vegetarianism while eating jerky on a hunting trip that he was on just for sport?  What if people then declared all ardent PETA followers as frauds?

2.  How would Minor Threat, Sex Pistols and Bad Brains fans feel when music fans point to “Time of Your Life,” by Green Day, as a punk classic?  What if punk rawk then got re-classified as bumble-gum pop?

3.  How did Shooter McGavin feel when Happy Gilmore presented himself as a real golfer?

4.  How would the makers of the bumper sticker, “Coexist,” feel when the sticker’s integrity is called into question on the account of some teens going on a joy ride (in cars with this sticker on it) with water guns to heckle homosexuals and Jews walking the streets?

5.  How would the world community of dudes feel if Bruce Willis, Dr. Dre, and Clint Eastwood proclaimed the greatest “dude movie” of all time to be “You’ve Got Mail,” “The Notebook” being a close runner up?

6.  How would thrift store junkies like it if all Old Navy stores changed their name to Old Navy Thrift Store?  Would “thrift store” lose its original meaning or would people simply ignore the bizarre label that Old Navy put on themselves?

7.  How would NFL and NBA players feel if all players were labeled traitors because of Brett Favre’s move to the Vikings back in ’09 and Lebron’s move to the Heat in ’10?

8.  How do Germans feel when they are still seen as Jew-haters because of what their ancestors did?

9.  How do Atheists feel when people say unbelief in God will always lead to mass genocide, pointing to the actions of Hitler and Stalin as proof?

10.  How do Americans feel when we are painted with a white supremacist brush because of the country’s historical cruel treatment of Indians and the deplorable slavery of Africans.

Are you seeing the craziness here? With all of this said, there is still a level of responsibility that all people need to take for any evil done by their ancestors, race, country, or religious group.  For example, it’s unfortunate that a handful of whites and African Americans would have certainly got nervous riding in an airplane with 3 Muslims shortly after Sept 11th, but shouldn’t the Muslims have understood?

As a Christian, I also understand when non like-minded folks have a bad taste in their mouths resulting from the stupid things me and other Christians have done.

What do you think?

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  1. Jeff

     /  August 27, 2012

    Recommend peeps take a look at how Jesus addressed false claims by reviewing his convo with Nicodemus in John 3…He just cut out the nonsense fleshly debate and cut to the important spiritual matter at hand.