You simply must read this article at OneNewsNow about the image problem that evangelicals have in this country:
According to noted author and lecturer Rusty Wright, evangelicals have an “image problem.” And because past actions may have tarnished the witness of the Christian right, he says some bridge-building may be in order…
“A lot of people, when they think of evangelical Christians, they think of people who are gay-bashing, women-haters, abortion doctor-killers — things like that,” Wright suggests. “They’re thinking of the extremes, and they don’t realize, maybe haven’t even been exposed to a lot of the very positive things that Christians do and the positive qualities of Jesus that [Christians] try to emulate.”
So here’s what he suggests:
But while he believes that followers of Jesus can be shining lights, Wright points out that Christ’s followers can sometimes be “downright weird” and that some Christians have behaved badly — and that, he argues, is why it is important for believers to get to know their intellectual and philosophical adversaries. So he encourages liberals to “take a conservative to coffee” and for conservatives to “take a liberal to lunch.”
“You can almost always find at least one or two things that you agree with related to your opponent,” Wright assures. “And if you can start there, a lot of times, that can be the basis for further understanding.”
Mind you, this is on OneNewsNow, which is the news site of the American Family Association. Yes, the same AFA that employs Bryan Fischer as their public face. They don’t make irony meters strong enough to withstand that kind of blow. In related news, Fred Phelps is shocked to find out that gay people think he’s a jerk.