Why Christians are Idiots

Yes, I realize that you people aren't reading this blog anymore, but I hate TweetLonger and some things that need to be said are probably not as Pyro-Worthy as others.

Earlier today (maybe last night even), Collin Hansen let us know what he thinks about the Chic-fil-A social carnage:
Which, of course, is just barely right.  A little laters this morning, Glenn Reynolds of InstaPundit fame instead blogged this:
JULY 26, 2012

BOSTON GLOBE: Stop Picking On Chik-Fil-A. “If the mayor of a conservative town tried to keep out gay-friendly Starbucks or Apple, it would be an outrage.” Except that doesn’t seem to happen, does it? What I think is funny is that if you have the same view on gay marriage that Obama had when he was elected, now you’re an enemy of humanity or something. It’s some sort of, I don’t know, Liberal Fascism or something. . . .

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 8:43 am

Now, think about this for a second. What InstaPundit is saying is this: Conservative politicians on the local level lead by example and don't try to go die on hills that don't matter.  An Apple Store or a plethora of Starbucks shacks are probably good for the local economy, and letting one open someplace properly zoned is a good ideaer.

What Collin is saying is that the SBC had a good ideaer by boycotting Disney and the world persecuted them for it -- and now the world is using the same tactics. "Go Figure."

What Collin seems to miss, it seems to me, is that the SBC chose a hill to die on which didn't work at all and made them look utterly petty and stupid -- and now that the World is imitating these tactics, and is now looking petty and stupid.  And our response to them looks, at best, staged when we say that this boycott is bad but our boycott is good.

You know: if only Christians had something to teach the rest of the world when it comes to finding a solution to culture.  Then we would really have something worth getting worked up about.

9 comments:

rockstarkp said...

I'm not sure Hanson was saying that the SBC had a "good idea" by boycotting Disney.

He only said the SBC got ridicule for boycotting by those now promoting their own boycotts.

Jennifer McSparin said...

I don't take Hanson's remarks as you do. I took it that he is pointing out the hypocrisy of the gay movement doing what they previously criticized.

James Kubecki said...

Frank, excellent points and insightful (inciteful?) as always.

"...if only Christians had something to teach the rest of the world when it comes to finding a solution to culture."

Your intentional irony aside (yes, I got it...) the bigger challenge, of course, is convincing the rest of the world that culture is/has a problem that does indeed need solving... (And I'm also pretty sure I'm preaching to the choir here.)

Frank Turk said...

Jen & Rock:

I think that what you say here is almost exactly right -- and the exact reason I made this post. There is more than one hypocritical group in the mix here, but only one hypocritical group which ought to have known better and had a better choice to present and offer in this conflict.

Frank Turk said...

James:

I miss the drive-by blogging that I used to do here because it created a community of smart and crazy people like you. Thanks for stopping by.

Mike Westfall said...

The world already knows that culture has a problem that needs solving. The problem is the ubiquity of bigoted Baptists...

Merrilee Stevenson said...

Huh. I came here looking for those other posts you've written concerning the gay issue, and see this new post. Pray for me as I'm having a facebook dialogue with an old friend from college who believes gay Christians are...Christians. She's gay. I think I gave a decent gospel message to her, and she's at the "we can agree to disagree" stage. Did I mention I have a husband & 5 kids? (sigh) So though when someone on the internet is wrong...

Rick Nier said...

So we're hypocrites for saying they're hypocrites.

Les Martin said...

Frank I'm late to the game... didn't realize you had this channel turned on... subscribed now so I'll be able to bring the IQ down a bit as fits my schedule.

Man I think James hits it on the head. Convincing the culture that the culture is borked. I think this is why the Good News has to start with the bad news. We sure have the Rx for the ills of the world, but why would they need it if they fail to see their ills. And I'm not trying to toot the horn for the Way of the Master or any other program particularly, but it seems certain that to reach the world with what we have we've got to somehow convince them of their illness. OR... is that the work of the Holy Spirit?

Les