Buzzfeed recently did a few videos to desterotype some stereotypes and did a few videos about Asians, Latinos, Fat people etc. In this series they also did one for Christians (below).
The videos is a series of answers spliced together about three questions.
1. Who a Christians is not?
2. Who a Christian is?
3. What would you like people to know about Christianity?
The answer to the first question ranges from “I am Christian but I am not homophobic” to “I am Christian but not uneducated”. The answer to the second question ranges from “I love wine” to “I do go to Church on Sundays”. The answer to the third question ranges from “I would like people to know that I am Christian but I am not kind of crazy” to “Just because we prescribe to a faith that has some terrible people, it does not mean we are all terrible.”
So What are They Really Saying?
If I were to sum up their answers in one sentence would be, “I am Christian but I am culturally savvy and sophisticated enough, so don’t take me for a naive and narrow minded Christian.” I don’t disagree with any of what they said. I do not think what they said was wrong. My contention is that in trying to define them against “others” they missed a very important point.
So What are they Missing?
Answer, an encounter with Jesus Christ!
An encounter with Jesus Christ being the core of the identity of the Christ is exactly what is missed in this video. Whether one is perfect or not, or judgmental or not, or terrible or not, is beside the point. Being a Christian is not just about having right non-judgmental ideas, for if that were so Christianity would be a mere dogma. At the most fundamental level to be Christian is not about having the right ideas, but about having the encounter with Christ through the power of the Spirit. Unfortunately, the Buzzfeed Christians have nothing to say about Christ or about an encounter with Him. They have essentially created a new legalism of conformity towards cultural sophisticated ideas in the place of Christ.