Caleb Ecarma, Staff Writer
The entertainment and pop culture website BuzzFeed recently released a video entitled, “I’m Christian, but I’m not.” The premise of this visual campaign is to present Christianity in a way that is acceptable in modern Westernized society.
It is a clear attempt by the mainstream media to reshape and compromise Christianity to fit in our culture. Participants in the video stated things like, 'I’m Christian, but I’m not close minded,' 'I’m Christian, but I’m not ignorant,' and even 'I’m Christian but I am gay.'
NGU Christian Studies professor Joshua Styles said, "One of the greatest concerns I have with this video is that each of these individuals are in essence defining what Christianity means to them, which requires redefining Jesus' definition of Christianity, as set forth in the Bible. We do not have the right to say what it means to be a Christian. That right belongs to God and God alone."
Throughout the entire video, the interviewees present themselves as progressive, culturally superior Christians, implying that, while most Christians are ignorant, judgmental, and unaccepting, they are instead tolerant, loving, and understanding.
When asked what others need to know about Christianity, the name of Jesus is left out entirely and a call for love and acceptance goes in its place.
The BuzzFeed video is essentially an open apology for all the aspects of Christianity that the world finds offensive. As Christians, however, we need not apologize for our beliefs, nor conform to the world’s ways. The Bible clearly states that believers will be hated by everyone, and that we are to stand firm in the faith regardless.
"The Bible does clearly state that we are all on our own paths trying to get wherever we are wanting to go, but all of our own paths lead to one destination: an eternity separated from God because our sin," said Styles.
"If we define love by our own standards instead of God's, we have lost biblical Christianity and the one true source of hope for our lost and dying world," he added.