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Let’s Stop Pretending Christianity is Actually Relevant, Okay?

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“Because Christians admit that ignorant people are worthy of their God, Christians show that they want to convert only foolish, dishonorable, stupid people, and only slaves, women, and little children.”
-Celsus, Greek Philosopher

Van’s Warped Tour. Ventura, CA
“I don’t want to bait and switch you, but we’re a Christian organization…”
I’ve rehearsed this line a thousand times. Sometimes I wait for the cringe, the headcock, or the resting bitch face to appear. Sometimes it’s a smile. I’m quick to follow up with just what being a “Christian” organization means for us, but this time I’m cut off.
“Well, I’m Wiccan,” one says.
“I used to be Christian, but now I’m an atheist,” another chimes in.
I smile wanting them to understand this doesn’t bother me. “Well, regardless of what you believe, you’re loved and welcomed here. We’re to love our neighbor as ourselves and you’re our neighbor.” This disarms them and we have a conversation about life, their struggles, and even their views on God. At the end we all hug and take a selfie together.
Later in the day I shoot a quick text to our founder, Jake Luhrs. “I’m fairly certain being Christian isn’t even relevant to most people here on Warped Tour, but it’s cool to see how many people are engaging with us.”
Jake is quick to respond. “Yeah, it’s too bad the name ‘Christian’ has been tainted so much that the love of God isn’t recognized in the name. Instead people think ‘republican, homophobe, or bigot’ instead of ‘servant, loving, and gracious.’”
A few short days after that text, the Supreme Court announces gay couples have the same civil rights as other Americans and may legally marry (not a biblical argument here, just a legal fact, folks). Two days later, the State of Oklahoma orders the 10 Commandments removed from the front of their State Capitol. These events are followed up by bathroom debates, racial division, and an explosive election causing Christians take to social media and their local outlets to discuss their outrage. With every post and comment it’s apparent they think this nation is going straight down the shitter.


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