Consider Rachel Maddow's Comments: A Reflection of How the World Sees Conservatives (and Evangelicals)
Rachel Maddow (and much of the ideological left) think that conservatives (and, by what she included in her comments, evangelicals) "have to pop the factual bubble." I actually agree with parts of her comments, as I made clear yesterday in my post about not making a "conservative set of facts." For example, I wrote, "I'm saddened that many Christians are being included in the groups that create their own facts." This week, more and people are noticing.
Of course, I recognize the usual suspects will likely forward this around and say I am promoting Rachel Maddow's worldview. This is not the case-- it is not a secret that we'd disagree on a bunch of things. However, it is time to face reality for some evangelicals-- making up your own set of facts is not helping. Being known for conspiracies is hurting. It's not everyone, and perhaps it is not most, but it is just too many.
I'm crazy enough to think the polls were right, that President Obama was born in Hawaii and is not a Muslim, and... well... you get the point. It's unhelpful when Christians are the one holding up myths about biased polls, a forged birth certificate, a Muslim President.
Now, I know that some will point to all the areas she was wrong saying, "But what about!?!?!..." Well, I'd just do something crazy and consider the larger problem within evangelicalism, rather than point out all the areas where she is wrong.
The reason this is important is because these are the views (of us evangelicals) that are growing in prominence in our culture. Gullible or conspiracy-spreading Christians just do not help these perceptions. Instead, they feed the impression that evangelicals are simply without willingness to face truth. If unchurched people think they must commit intellectual suicide to become Christians, it hinders the work of gospel proclamation and cultural engagement.
As such, this video is well worth your time.
Let it sink in.
Then perhaps consider what to do about it.
What should we do to address this perception?