By Karl Vaters - Posted at Christianity Today:
More than ever before, we have an obligation to act in a Christ-like manner. Not just in church, but everywhere.
Christians love playing the “blame the media” game.
Not long ago, we might have had a legitimate claim that our reputation was bad because the media was against us. That’s not the case anymore.
Oh sure, the media in general may still think negatively about Christians, if they think about us at all. But the days of blaming someone else for our bad press are gone.
Do you know why Christians have a bad reputation today? It’s not because of CNN. It’s because of our own Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and YouTube videos!
Every day, we confirm people’s worst suspicions about us. There’s no one left to blame but ourselves.
Some Christians really act like jerks.
No, I’m not going to qualify that sentence by changing it to “some so-calledChristians really act like jerks.” I’m talking about actual Christians. People who have a relationships with Jesus, read their Bible, go to church, share their faith and love their neighbor.
Then they get online and reinforce all the worst stereotypes about Christians as self-righteous, ignorant, out-of-touch jerks.