Ask A Christian, Part V: How to Fight Back

This series typically focuses on answering questions non-Christians pose to Christians, but this installment is directed at my fellow followers of Christ. It’s one I’ve wanted to write for some time, and focuses on a question I see posed to me and to others many times, and have seen and heard and asked myself throughout my life:

How do we fight back, particularly in the cultural space?

I am going to share a meme you’ve no doubt seen if you’ve spent any time on line, a meme that is utterly and without a doubt the definition of evergreen:

We all know this guy or gal. We see them online all the time, but we also see them on the news, in entertainment, and sometimes in real life.

The charge, of course is that Christians are the biggest hypocrites, and that non-believers both know the Bible AND how to act like the proverbial God-fearing person better than Christians do.

And so many Christians go along with this frame!

Why is that?

A part of it, no doubt, is humility. You see, when one has moral standards and publicly professes them, failing to live up to them sticks out like a sore thumb. Contrast this with a heathen who doesn’t care–therefore, if they do the exact same morally bad act a Christian does, they’re usually greeted with sympathy or at least far less vitriol than, for example, the stereotypical TV preacher who fathers a child out of wedlock.

We are commanded to be humble before God. But we’re not commanded to be doormats.

Second, Christians–especially American ones–have been so embarrassed for so long thanks to our prevailing culture that they agree with the “Well, some Christians are X” or “Y.” You know. There’ll be a TV show where the Christian character is overtly hostile to the friendly gay couple who just moved in next door. They quote scripture in a smarmy way and might as well have a neon sign reading “HYPOCRITE” over their head.

They’re a walking caricature, a hatchet job personified. And instead of saying “That’s not fair. That’s not accurate. That’s not right,” too many Christians excuse the depiction and say, “Well, some Christians are like that.”

As if it excuses the propaganda hit pieces that trickle down into everyday life!

Imagine American Muslims, upon seeing a bit of pop culture that depicts Muslims as hysterically anti-gay, or maybe chucking a few off a rooftop, shrugging their shoulders and saying, “Well, some Muslims are like that.”

Never in a million years!

Or Jews portrayed in a way that makes a mockery of their culture and their faith.

Please!

Why do we put up with it then? I have theorized two reasons; they both don’t have to be present, and the first is actually stronger than the second, but we see both come into play very often:

  1. Other religions have strong political power and money that can put pressure on the offending person or organization’s finances until the offending person faces financial ruin or the offending organization relents or is financially destroyed.
  2. The threat of, and actual carrying out of, physical violence against the offending parties or organizations.

You all know what I’m talking about.

Christians had a mild form of the first point during my lifetime. Ever hear of the “Moral Majority” or the “Christian Right”? There’s a reason these entities are still used as boogeymen by the current cultural gatekeepers: because they scared the hell out of them.

How? Because they successfully applied political and economic pressure against their foes.

It was mild, albeit, and the only lasting victories were, really, having ratings and warning labels put on music, movies, TV shows, and video games and having certain television shows shown at later hours when children probably aren’t going to be awake, but they were still victories.

Yet all we hear about is the “Satanic Panic,” how these so-called kooks feared that Dungeons & Dragons was going to lead kids into the occult–this is embarrassing, since D&D godfather Gary Gygax was a Christian and suffused then original game with Christian elements and themes but in such a skillful way it was unobtrusive to players.

So that was embarrassing, but in no way the sum-total is the arguments.

Pictured: not satanic

But one miss can’t outweigh the hits:

  • They were right about the pernicious effects of certain types of lyrical content in music;
  • They were right about the pernicious effects of pornography;
  • They were right about the pernicious effects of the occult (which, let’s be clear, Dungeons & Dragons did not and does not encourage);
  • They were right about the slippery slope of the arguments of the gay advocates leading to, eventually, the normalization of the sexualization of children;
  • They were right about abortion; and
  • They were right about the abduction of children for use in occult rituals!
  • They should recoil at the all-holy name of Jesus Christ.

    Remember: these people weren’t aimed at convincing your Greatest- and Silent -generation grandparents to abandon their faith. They infiltrated institutions aimed at educating and entertain the young to convince your Boomer and Gen X parents their faith. Remember this; this is an important point we’ll return to later.

    I DO NOT advocate violence; while it works, it’s wrong in most instances save for self-defense, and it backfires horribly.

    Anyway, back to our question: what do we do? I’m no leader and no philosopher, but have a few practical recommendations:

    • Be strong in your faith and recognize what the fight truly is. It might feel goofy, but prayer is your best weapon. It’s the best way to keep up your spiritual strength. Our fight isn’t against people, not at the end of the day or at the end of all time. It’s against the Prince of This World, Satan, the Devil, the guy with the horns, whatever you want to call him. Him and his demons. So you need to get spiritually fit if you’re really going to wage this battle. Because it will never end until the end. Our job is to carry the torch and pass it to the next generation of warriors.

    • Recognize that evil exists. Because it does. This is also directed at my friends who are not believers but are similarly aghast at Clown World. Evil is why we are where we are. Evil isn’t God’s doing. Evil is the absence of good, the moving away from good. And it’s done by man’s free will. Recognize this and exercise your free will to life towards the one thing that can counteract this evil (whether or not you believe in it yet).
    • Don’t accept the frame you’ve been given and punch back. This is important! Don’t fall into the traps the smarmy wormtongues set for you. Reject the “Well, some Christians are like that” mentality utterly and completely. Instead, punch back: “Well, some Muslims are terrorists, aren’t they? Some African-Americans commit violent crime, don’t they? Some Jews are in media, aren’t they?” Make them choke on their own words. This isn’t to cast aspersions on Muslims, African-Americans, or Jews. It’s to throw the Pharisees you might find yourself arguing with off their game by confronting them with the utter stupidity of their own arguments. Use rhetoric to hit them where it hurts–their own sense of “being a good person.” Additionally, when faced with the “Hypocrite!” charge, reply that “At least [person involved] has standards and isn’t a degenerate relativist” or something to that effect.
    • Don’t give money to people who hate you. I’ll let Brian Neimeier really handle this one–he wrote the book on it, after all. I’ll give a succinct rundown though: if an entertainment product is insulting you and your faith and your very being, cut it out of your life and replace it with alternatives. They are out there, and more numerous and easy to find than ever before. This dovetails nicely into the next point.
    • Infiltrate institutions. “Indoctrination” isn’t a dirty word. It all depends on who is doing it and what are they teaching. Our side of this struggle needs to put away its aversion to certain professions as unworthy, and this doesn’t just include art but education. Don’t discourage your kids from being teachers or policy makers or even working in HR. We need them in there in critical mass to balance out and eventually take over.
    • Create your own culture, and support the creation of cultire that does stand up for your beliefs, or at least doesn’t actively hate you. If you’re an artist of any type–film, prose, music, poetry, filmmaking, acting, animation, game–get out there and make stuff. Release it. Don’t let the perfection beast, or fear of criticism from people who aren’t going to like you anyway, keep you from putting your vision out there. There’s an audience out there thirsty for good stuff. Trust me. And if you’re not a creator, support. Buy. Fund via crowdfunding campaigns. Become a Patron. Even just reviewing–on Amazon or on your own social media platform–and spreading the word are free to low-cost ways of getting in the mix.
    • Organize and boycott. I do not find boycotting to be “un-American” like a lot of basic conservabros do. Nope, not at all. Apply pressure. Organize email campaigns, organize boycotts, and vote with your collective wallets. This is what other social movements have done in the past, and they work. No more of this “Muh principles!” fence-sitting. Fight fire with fire. Hell, I’m no expert but if something comes up shoot me an email and let me know. Maybe we can figure something out.
    • Enjoy the battle. This fight will never end. There will be losses, but there will also be victories. Celebrate the wins and keep going. Morale is important, so don’t spread despair. Blackpilling does nobody any good.

    Remember: we’re not necessarily here to convert people–although if they want to convert, great! We’re here to occupy space that we’ve been shut out of for so long. Why have we been shut out? Because we’ve refused to fight for fear of being called mean names.

    How pathetic is that?


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    14 comments

    1. Alexander

      Great post.
      Some more suggestions whenever the death cultists or minions bring up Jesus is a copy of…. ask them where were the pagan hospitals, orphanages and universities?

      Bueller?

      Whenever they bring up freedom agree with them freedom is the exercise of virtue for the common good in a community of like minded people
      Whenever they shriek about women’s rights tell them they’re straight up racists as they want dead brown and black babies
      And cut them off immediately whenever the word problematic pops up. Tell them to their face why yes you’re problematic.

      xavier

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      • Thanks Xavier. Glad you found it interesting.

        I like your suggestions. That’s what you have to do. So many do NOT approach any of us faithful with a even a scintilla of anything resembling good faith (Anonymous Atheist, who comments here, however, does; she’s cool). So if someone comes at you with rhetorical find a-blazing, shoot them back until they go away and don’t let them get to you.

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        • Akexander,

          Thanks. Exactly we have to be really in your face, Pretty much like our Lord kicking the moneylenders’ ass at the temple 🙂

          Here’s a great quote from Tirant lo Blanc. Lemme quote it Catalan and then translate it. It’s so apropos for a 500+ year old novel:

          No es pertant d’home savi respondre a paraules folles car aixi lo foll té franca llibertat per escampar folles paraules. Aixi es gran discrecio al savi ab paciencia oir-les e no satisfer-li car en les paraules es coneguda la fol.lia d’aquell que la diu car neguno es diu eguliar ab roïndat ni en la follia ab negu sino en la gentilesa e virtut

          It doesn’t pertain for the wise man to respond to foolish(or crazy) words because that way the fool (or crazy person) has total liberty to spread foolish(or crazy) words. Thus (with) great discretion, the wise with patience listens to the words and not satisfy them because in those words it’s known that foolishness (or craziness) of that person who says them because no one should equalize with ruin or foolishness (or craziness) with no one else but rather with kindness and virtue.

          Nowadays kindness and virtue means a good ass kicking and not putting up with sociopathic breaks from reality.

          Smash their faces against the countertop of reality.

          Repeatedly

          xavier

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      • Great post. I would add that long before the Moral Majority existed, Catholics and Presbyterians gave us the Production Code that held the line against Hollywood’s perverse agenda for over thirty years. I’d like to see a return of both the Code and the MM! That would only be half the battle, however. The other half is, as you point out, creating content that counters the enemy’s agenda and infiltrating the means and industries of dissemination.

        Your post also reminded me of another along the same lines I read yesterday, a post you and your readers might enjoy: https://orthosphere.wordpress.com/2020/04/26/sweet-and-sour-christians/

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        • Glad you liked it Carlos; thanks for the comment! REALLY good point. The Hayes Code arguably resulted in more class and creativity.

          I liked that Sweet versus Sour Christians post you shared. I like that metaphor about the sour rind around the sweet core. Good stuff.

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    2. So many men are put off from following Christ because of the pussification of the Word and of church. They want to fight for what they love, but they’re told constantly they must not fight because fighting is bad, ‘mkay? I’d say it’s one of the biggest problems facing us as Christians.

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      • This couldn’t be more true! Some may take offense, but Christianity has been feminized (Americanized?) so much that men take one look and say, “Clearly, I’m not wanted here.” I can’t blame a lot of them.

        I’m lucky to be in a church that has retained male participation and a more direct, strident approach to doctrine. And guess what: there are STILL tons of women in the church who aren’t off-put by this. It can be done. Lots of denominations appeal to both. Sweet and Sour Christianity, as in the article Carlos shared in another comment to this post, are both necessary parts of the faith.

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    3. Would you mind sharing resources supporting your claim that children are used in occults? From what I understand, the so-called “Satantic Panic” was more like the Salem witch trials…

      I also appreciate that we share opposing views on this general religion topic. But something I don’t understand is how to mitigate the claims that Christian morality dictates concepts like no abortion, no pornography, no homosexuality, etc but all of those themes recur throughout the Bible, both old and New Testament. I am genuinely curious how you fold the incredibly violent aspects of the Bible with some of the honorable morals you uphold. This is NOT a question to “trick” anyone. It’s something I struggled with when I was a Christian, and found the dissonance was either never addressed (eg “God’s ways are mysterious, don’t ask questions”) or I got straw-manned.

      What about you guys? What am I missing?

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      • I did provide a link to Brian Niemeier’s site, which has a link to the dumped FBI documents here: https://operationdisclosure1.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-finders-fbi-document-dump-from.html?m=1

        Re: your other question, I’m not an apologist and I’m not a theologian and I don’t think it’ll be fruitful to wade into this because I’m not an expert and unqualified to do so and I don’t want to handwave or straw man you. I will say three things I am qualified to say and leave it at that:

        1) I don’t see where pornography, abortion, and homosexuality are all over the Bible.
        2) Lots of Christian doctrine evolved in the years after what was recounted in the Scriptures. I’m Orthodox so I’m not sola scriptura (which itself isn’t in the Bible, so, you know…) so the fact that there’s no “abortion verse” or “pornography verse” or whatever isn’t dispositive here. Really, really smart people studied this and thought about it for centuries. Much doctrine was derived from studying Scriptural principles and precepts. Not much different, but certainly in my opinion much more solidly, than how our Supreme Court invents new rights from “penumbras and emanations” from the Bill of Rights.
        3) I will talk about the violent aspects of the Old Testament people love to bring up: It was a different, warlike time, and the peoples the Israelites destroyed were literal demon worshippers who sacrificed children. The same fate would and *should* befall any of us who do such things, if you ask me. That it hasn’t is a miracle in and of itself.

        Maybe that sounds mean or harsh. Fine. I’m just being honest. I don’t see this as anymore cognitively dissonant than the attitude many unbelievers and materialists (I’m not referring to you here) have of “we’re all just random meaningless conglomerations of chemical who are a plague on the planet/life is meaningless but we have to to X before we ALL DIE!”

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