It shouldn’t come as a surprise that so many atheists support “Christian” sites that mock the Church. It should be odd, I think, that so many Christians approve of said support.
I’ve gone on record with my concerns about this hate machine and the professing Christians who keep it well-oiled. So yesterday, I linked to an article at Christ and Pop Culture that shares some of my concerns, Stop Hate-Watching the Church. The author, Richard Clark, concluded:
I just want to be completely clear about this: If you are harmed by Christian culture to the point that you have given up on Christianity altogether, I get that. If you find Christian truth claims to be negative and harmful, that’s fair enough. I wouldn’t want to make any claims about how you deal with your struggles. You may do whatever you want.
But groups like these have engendered a culture that identifies as Christian, yet despises the Church. They have led fellow Christians to hate and despise their brothers and sisters for the sake of “venting.” But Christians are held to a different standard, one that results in edification and unity for the sake of the Church. To struggle with that standard is understandable, but to reject it altogether is giving up, on the Church, on the teachings of Christ, and on your own spiritual sanctification. (emphasis mine)
In response, The Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta countered with It’s Perfectly Acceptable to Mock Church Culture. After quoting the founder of Stuff Christian Culture Likes (SCCL), Stephanie Drury, Mehta summarizes:
There are, of course, two kinds of people who enjoy SCCL, as Stephanie alluded to.
The first are people like me, atheists who want to expose the lies and antics of Christian leaders, in the hopes that it might shake some Christians out of their shells and give them the evidence they need to get the hell out of church.
The second are Christians who think their faith has been hijacked by people whose motivations don’t align with their own. It’s cathartic to realize that the shit you hate about the church is the same shit other Christians hate about the church.
So according to Mehta, the reason atheists support Christians who mock the church is because they share the same objective: “to expose the lies and antics of Christian leaders.” Where they differ, apparently, is that those Christians who support hate-watching do so because they believe “their faith has been hijacked by people whose motivations don’t align with their own.”
The question I can’t seem to answer is this issue of “faith,” and…
Why in the world would any atheist support a movement which seeks to refine, empower, and articulate a belief system that is diametrically opposed to their own?
Think about it. If the real goal of these Church / Fundamentalist watchdog communities is to help survivors return to the “real” faith, serve the “real” Jesus, and cleanse the Church of the Pharisees and overlords who have perverted it, they are an even worse threat to atheists than the buffoons they now oppose!
Basic Christian beliefs look something like this:
- A Supreme Being / God exists
- The world is not an evolutionary accident, it was created by God
- Human beings are not evolutionary accidents, but created in the image of God
- We have fallen from God’s original purpose for our species; we are sinners
- God came to earth in the form of a Man to redeem us from our sins
- After death, our spirit will live on and give account to God
So I’m wondering which one of those beliefs align with the atheist’s?
Why then do atheists support Christians who mock the Church? Especially if the goal of these Christians is to make healthier Christians!? The answer is pretty simple: They both have the same agenda. They want to “shake some Christians out of their shells and give them the evidence they need to get the hell out of church.”
Atheists want to keep people out of church.
But are the Christian church-haters really any different?
Might I suggest that someone HAS been hijacked. It’s not just Fundamentalist whackos who’ve hijacked the true faith. It’s those who claim to fight these monsters by “sit[ting] in the company of mockers” (Ps. 1:1 NIV).