I saw a post on Facebook with a picture of a church sign with this statement on it: “God Prefers Kind Atheists Over Hateful Christians.” The interesting thing to me wasn’t the sign itself but the comments it elicited. Before going there, let me warn you, this is Facebook, so the language can be a bit “colorful.” Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/c2cwx97
Many of the comments coming from Christians and non-Christians are like shots fired at an enemy. There is a lot of hatred expressed. It isn’t so much what is being said (much of it makes little sense), but how it is being expressed. I would think the sign would make an atheist laugh rather than launch him into a tirade against any and all religion and especially southern Christianity. It is obvious that some of those responding believe that all Christians are hateful, especially those in the south. This isn’t the message of the sign. Rather, the message is Christians should be kind.
I also got to thinking that “my” Facebook world is populated mostly by Christian friends. A lot of the posts I see are harmless (often sappy) sayings about the Christian faith. So even on FB I don’t usually come into much contact with the rest of the world. There are obviously a lot of people out there who have been hurt by hateful things said in God’s name. And, for the record, I believe God loves everyone and would prefer we all were a bit kinder.