“Before I restart the “Evangelical Anxieties series, here are words from an atheist who visited some 30 churches.
Clearly, most churches have aligned themselves against non-religious people. By adopting this stance, Christians have turned off the people I would think they want to connect with. The combative stance Iâ€™ve observed is an approach that causes people to become apatheticâ€”and even antagonisticâ€”toward religion as a whole. Many evangelical pastors seem to perceive just about everything to be a threat against Christianity. Evolution is a threat. Gay marriage is a threat. A swear word uttered accidentally on television is a threat. Democrats are a threat. I donâ€™t see how any of these things pose a threat against Christianity. If someone disagrees with you about politics or social issues or the matter of origins, isnâ€™t that just democracy and free speech in action? Why do Christians feel so threatened?
You need to spread the message of Christianityâ€”the message being what Christianity stands forâ€”loving each other, helping the people around you. Those are things everyone can get on board with.
I can hear the blah blah blah now, so if you plan to comment on how dumb it is to expect an atheist to get the Gospel, save it. This guy heard exactly what evangelicals are selling these days: the Culture War. Be afraid, fear for your culture, save your kids, take control of the country, stop Hillary, etc. Manipulation. Fear mongering. Not the Gospel, unless you’ve already traded in the Gospel for something else.