Sunday, 08 November 2015 20:48

The Gospel According to BuzzFeed

Written by  Bob Crittenden
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The website, posted a video attempting to provide a unique, albeit unbiblical, view of what Christianity is and what Christians believe. First - a little background on BuzzFeed: According to a Business Insider piece, BuzzFeed posted to their website in 2010 that, “We have a big audacious goal of helping creative people launch and spread their ideas across the web. We have been thinking for years about how media spreads on the web, and our technology provides a unique way to launch, track, and accelerate viral content.”

By their own admission, they inject editorial into the process, saying, “Our team of editors monitors all triggering content, post [sic] its own content, and experiments with idea.”


What sort of “idea”?  Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist website points out that after the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage:


BuzzFeed celebrated the ruling with wild abandon, and its editor Ben Smith told one media watchdog there weren’t “two sides” on the issue. Radio host Hugh Hewitt interviewed Smith about that, during which they discussed that Smith doesn’t believe in God. Hewitt wondered if BuzzFeed could do a good job of covering believers and whether there were any evangelicals on staff. Smith responded:


BS: We do have, yes, but I also think, second, that newsroom diversity is like you know, it’s really important in having people of faith and particularly religious Christians in newsroom is important, yes, and we do. And I think that’s an important perspective… I mean, you know, I think good reporters are very good at least trying to understand the people they cover, and I think we have people who have all sorts of different beliefs here, so…but that’s important.


Hemingway contends that this video called, “I’m a Christian, But I’m Not...,” treats Christianity with disdain.  She included the text of the video - the opening lines include these words:



I’m Christian but I’m not homophobic;
I’m Christian and I’m definitely not perfect;
I’m Christian but I’m not close-minded;
but I’m not unaccepting;
but I’m not uneducated;
but I am not judgmental;
but I’m not conservative;
I’m not ignorant…


Yep - same old attempt to introduce some new, “enlightened,” form of Christianity that tolerates everyone and everything, that implies that those who want to live according to the Bible, to the teachings of the Christ of Christianity are somehow “close-minded” or “judgmental.”


Who are these people?  Hemingway relates that there were six people featured and points out that at least 33 percent are LGBT (about 10 times the national average) and at least 50 percent are feminist, contrasting with only 18% of Americans whom she says identify as feminist. She said:


BuzzFeed didn’t include Christians who don’t share these half-dozen millennials’ hangups on the sexual doctrines that differentiate Christianity from the dogma of BuzzFeed and most other American newsrooms. Or Christians who don’t think the most recent trends denying distinctions between the sexes are all that helpful to relationships.


Oh, and she relates that there is no mention of Jesus in this video!


The commentator likens the video to the prayer of the Pharisee in Luke 18, where we find a Pharisee, devoted to the religious law, thanking God that he wasn’t like all those “sinners” around him. By contrast, a tax collector cried out to God for mercy, for He was a sinner. Jesus concluded the parable by saying that those who exalt themselves would be humbled, and the humble would be exalted.


“I’m a Christian, but I’m not...” How would you fill in the blank?   In the spirit of the parable, I might use the word, “worthy,” or “undeserving.”  You probably should not say, “prideful,” lest you be thought of in that way.  The use of the word “but” might imply that there is a form of Christianity that is on a higher level than the run-of-the-mill Christianity that those (we) intolerant, judgmental church folks practice.


I think it can be instructive and affirming to let the world know who we are as Christians, rather than who we are not.  For instance, instead of “I’m a Christian, BUT,” you could say, “I’m a Christian, AND,” or “I’m a Christian (period),” then make a bold faith statement - for instance:


I’m a Christian and I’m FREE.
I’m a Christian and I’m FORGIVEN.
I’m a Christian. I am LOVED BY GOD.
I’m a Christian. I am a CHILD OF GOD.
I’m a Christian and I’m VICTORIOUS.


Remember, the definition of a Christian is not determined by the culture, but by what Christ has done in our hearts and the declarations about His work that we find in the Scriptures.  When we recognize that we are new creations in Christ and are intent in living in that way, we make a powerful statement to the culture about who Jesus is.

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