The war on Christianity is real. The world is being turned Upside Down before our very eyes. As previously noted, for the purpose of this segment in this series of articles the terms Christian and Christianity are used in a loose sense, referring to all who would call themselves Christians. The war has turned violent in some parts of the world. In our country it is being waged through legal maneuvers, the media and social pressure. The reader is encouraged to read the three previous articles in this segment.
The media have relentlessly hammered Christianity over the past few decades. In the past, Christian characters were presented as being virtuous, exemplary, upstanding citizens within society. Now, movies and television series’ regularly portray characters of Christian faith as being weird, ignorant, narrow minded, extremists, hateful, bigots, hypocritical, even criminal sociopaths. Rarely is a Christian character portrayed in a consistently positive light.
At the same time, virtually every movie and television series includes at least one character who is gay, and being gay is usually presented in a positive light. Does anyone see a not so subliminal message there? Do you think these facts are accidental or coincidental?
One wonders what the reactions are of Hollywood and the television entertainment industry to the recent successes of quite a number of movies, made by independent film makers, that center around Christian themes.
The news media, both print and television, is just as complicit as the entertainment industry in the war on Christianity. Oh, they claim to simply report the news and to be unbiased in their approach. Yeah, right… They actively choose what stories to cover and how to cover them. They put a slant on their reporting that is pretty obvious.
Let a charge be made that a US soldier treated a copy of the Koran with disrespect, and it’s headline news for days, complete with investigative reporting and calls for official government investigation and severe discipline on the offender. But there seems to be much less energy and focus put into a story that deals with Christians being slaughtered or abused for their faith on a regular, ongoing and widespread basis.
A dentist shoots a protected lion in Africa, and it’s a big, ongoing story portrayed in such a way as to elicit outrage from the public and sympathy for the lion. People protest his action, his business, even threaten his life. But let a Christian group, out of moral conscience, publicly protest against an abortion clinic, and the news coverage is not quite the same. The Christian group comes off as being narrow minded haters and foaming at the mouth right wing extremists.
How many positive news reports of Christians, Christian groups or good works being done in the name of Christianity can you remember, as compared to the myriads of negative reports? Are there so few good things being done in the name of Christianity that it’s hard to find something on which to report? No, but those stories don’t seem to fit the agenda of the generally liberal and biased news media, which is indicative of the social pressure being used across our land in the war on Christianity. We’ll talk more about that in the next article…
Gary L. Hutchens