I have been in ministry, working for the Church, for more than 15 years. Serving teenagers and their families is the only job/calling I have ever had and I wouldn’t trade the last 15+ years for the world. However, I can’t help but feel that the longer I remain in ministry the more our culture becomes less sympathetic, and almost skeptical, about Christianity and, more specifically, Christians then ever before. Is it just me? Is it just because I am getting older and noticing it more? Do you feel it?
One example of this attitude, of the many I could have chosen from, are the recent tweets from Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” comedian, and an atheist who is outspoken in his criticism of religion.
Maher tweeted, after The Denver Bronco’s recent loss to the Buffalo Bills, the following:
“Wow, Jesus just _________ #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler ‘Hey, Buffalo’s killing them”
On December 25th of this year (Christmas day) he tweeted,
Now, listen, I don’t expect Bill Maher to “get it,” right? After all, what do the light and the darkness have in common? (2 Corinthians 6:14) But, there is a growing “hostility” that I have been sensing that I don’t ever remember. Is it just me? You can also see a conversation that I had with an atheist on twitter in a post I called “Got Faith”(Click Here)
What do you think? Do you sense a hostility? Why do you think is causing this? What are the contributing factors? Does it seem that Christianity seems to be more on the “front lines” than other faiths? Why? What can we do to move popular sentiment in the other direction? Is that our job? Thanks for your input and opinions!