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Pardon the bloated metaphor, but imagine for a moment that the Internet is a buffet. A lot of what's served is lukewarm macaroni and cheese, passable but forgettable. Sometimes you stumble upon a dish that is both delicious and good for you. Buzzfeed ...

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John Morehead

November 20, 2013  3:28pm

Thank you for addressing this important topic. Related to this is the problem of Evangelicals getting caught up in trolling and incivility online, especially when it comes to engaging others in religious communities with which we take exception. Instead, we should seek a more Christlike way, following the example of Jesus with Gentiles and Samaritans. At the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy we practice this and seek to transform a confrontational faith identity with a loving one that views others not as enemies but as trusted rivals working together for the common good. We put this into practice at The World Table forum (www.theworldtable.org), and we need more Evangelicals to get involved. For more on the why and how see my previous essay: http://johnwmorehead.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-world-table-transforming-our. html. Thanks again for this essay.

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audrey ruth

September 19, 2013  3:56pm

P.S. Rick Dalbey spoke for many here when he said: "We are not hungry for outrage. We are starving for morality. We are losing our capacity for moral outrage. Most Christians have been bullied into submission by their progressive cousins. For many people their number one value is not to judge. There is no moral consensus and often morals are mocked and considered hurtful. We are constantly reminded this is a pluralistic country, all values are equal, all religions are equal, all varieties of sexual expression are equal, the Bible is a matter of private interpretation and is not prescriptive and anything goes. Marines marry Marines. Children have two Mommies, 50 million babies are killed, celebrate drunkeness, abuse of women, drug use and the thug lifestyle, lie in office. If one decrys immorality, one lacks love, is a hater, is judgmental, is racist, is narrow. Conservative Christians, by which I mean Biblical literalists, are urged to shut up and keep their opinions to themselves."

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audrey ruth

September 19, 2013  3:50pm

Some people just love to argue. "What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." James 4

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Jim Ricker

September 13, 2013  8:58pm

Most people are falsely or ignorantly and very selectively outraged these days. This outrage is certainly enabled by the democratization of media where everyone wants their opinion accepted, no one wants to take time to consider the situation (let alone consider what they are going to post!) and assume everyone else must be their enemy though they know not what the other person is thinking past a pull quote. This is certainly endemic in His church as well and on CT boards too.

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J G

September 13, 2013  12:39pm

Well said, Martin Jacobs! Fox "News", MSNBC, and many others, do not deal in news. They deal in offence-tainment, outrage-tainment, and etc. Rick Dalbey, I must disagree, unless the "we" you speak of is a very small minority, or unless you clarify that the larger "we", while starving, does not know what it is starving for. And Wayne, I have had the same experience with CT boards. In fact, my subscription to CT will run out soon, and one of the reasons I am allowing it to do so is that I will no longer be able to post comments, and so a temptation to inappropriate outrage will be removed from my life.

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Martin Jacobs

September 12, 2013  10:14pm

This editorial makes a very good point. Modern media trades on outrage - the more outrage it can generate, the more it can sell itself. So, the search is on to tell us why "we" are better than "they", and it's done in a way to reinforce our natural inclinations to consider "us" superior to "them". The result is self-perpetuating outrage. We listen more to those who fill us with our sense of self-righteous outrage, thus reinforcing their right to make us feel outraged. If this is the future of media and social-media, of claim and counter-claim, it doesn't look good. The Christian Gospel has a powerful, if underestimated, message in this millieu - that whatever differentials we see between us and them, they lose their importance in the light of the Crucified and Risen One. Surely, the Christian response is to see evil for what it is, but to recognize that we drove the nails into His hands, too. Also, to see good for what it is, and be thankful. Christians, fewer pitchforks, please.

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Wayne Froese

September 12, 2013  10:03pm

When I've pointed out CT's role in promoting an environment of heat without light, I've had my comments blocked for moderation.

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Pop Seal

September 12, 2013  8:52pm

I make few serious comments outside of the CT web page. It's an cluster of angry echo chambers where people shout over each others' heads. The more communication devises available, the worse it seems to get. Mentions of faith in Christ, repentance, regeneration, and eternal confidence seldom get anything but profanity in return. "The heathen rage and imagine a vain thing" and "He Who abides in the Heavens" responds by sending more lies to them that reject the Truth. I'll always be grateful to them that loved me enough to bring the message of Jesus to my door.

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Rick Dalbey

September 12, 2013  6:53pm

We are not hungry for outrage. We are starving for morality. We are losing our capacity for moral outrage. Most Christians have been bullied into submission by their progressive cousins. For many people their number one value is not to judge. There is no moral consensus and often morals are mocked and considered hurtful. We are constantly reminded this is a pluralistic country, all values are equal, all religions are equal, all varieties of sexual expression are equal, the Bible is a matter of private interpretation and is not prescriptive and anything goes. Marines marry Marines. Children have two Mommies, 50 million babies are killed, celebrate drunkeness, abuse of women, drug use and the thug lifestyle, lie in office. If one decrys immorality, one lacks love, is a hater, is judgmental, is racist, is narrow. Conservative Christians, by which I mean Biblical literalists, are urged to shut up and keep their opinions to themselves. So I will be quiet now.

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J G

September 12, 2013  3:10pm

Many posts on CT seem to assume either or both of these: (1) Christians are called to use the power of the secular state to force non-Christians to act like Christians; (2) the US Constitution includes the right not to be offended. Either of these assumptions is a rich source of outrage (and its poor cousin fear). Will we ever get beyond them?

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Kurt Grossman

September 12, 2013  1:34pm

In this world of so-called "experts" a normal person like myself finds a little tiny microscopic solace in knowing that on the Internet I am able to express something that could possible reach millions. The more amazing fact is that every Christian that is a true "Disciple of Jesus Christ" is not outraged and more contentious in defending the cultural benefit of Christian faith in the USA. The Founding Fathers of this country did not cower in their pews they armed themselves and fought a bloody war to win freedoms that lukewarm Christians are squandering away. I am not angry and outraged when prostitutes commit indecent acts but when "church members" support homosexuality and promiscuity. Righteous indignation and outrage are exclusively aimed at those people who CLAIM that Jesus Christ is their Lord and preach compromise in every area of life. I am amazed at the "dullness" that passes for "Christianity." It is NOT a "sword" being wielded but a butter knife.

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Charles Cosimano

September 12, 2013  12:07pm

One must wonder what will outrage the writer more, what is being objected to, or the fact that no one will care about the objections.

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