Yesterday afternoon I was part of a six-legged beast traipsing past a middle school driveway when one of our two heads noticed a real-estate-style sign that looed very much like this:
Naturally I was curious. Would the site turn out to be run by proponents of one religion ripping into another? Godless sorts mocking belief in general? Something not related to religion at all?
In fact, as I discovered when visiting the page, all three qualities apply to some extent. This is a new site created locally to promote something called the Next Level Church; the “church” itself is actually a Regal Cinemas located about ten miles from where live, and the people who run the site maintain a physical office about a mile from where I saw the sign.
If you watch the video, you’ll see a young man explaining in genial terms that most people who call themselves Christians are actually full of shit and that their personal baggage leads them to behave toward others in ways that Jesus Christ himself would have found wanting. From the front page:
Do you feel like Christians are hypocrites? Has the way that Christians have acted around you caused you to distrust God? If so, we don’t blame you! But we have good news for you: the actions of Christians do not define God.
Next Level Church invites you to join us as we remove the phony from “phony faith” and celebrate the real & secure life that Jesus Christ intends each of us to live.
I’m not curious enough to go see the film presentation in two weeks, but the manifest irreverence of the people behind NLC got me thinking that the whole colossal atheist-fundagelical Christian culture war is just a red herring thrown into play by Satan, who enjoys a worldwide, drawn-out pissing contest almost as much as his former employer, and that the end of Christianity as it exists today–a too-influential and often mind-squashing cult-beast–might be brought about not by noisy godless people and science proponenent, but by increasing numbers of younger people who perhaps fornicate, masturbate, cohabitate, accept evolution, are openly gay, are pro-choice, and otherwise sin with aplomb, but call themselves followers of Christ. (I hasten to say that I don’t know that the Next Level Church folks do any of these things, of course; it’s just a thought.)
If “Christianity” undergoes a large-scale internal redefinition as evil dinosaurs like James Dobson and Pat Robertson die off and their replacements lose their influence, and more and more people happy to call themselves Christians are just as amused and put off by the wackanutty hysterical propaganda flung around by groups and outlets like WorldNet Daily and the AFA, Christianity might someday in the reasonably near future be something of an indulgence for joiner types looking to socialize rather than carve out a rigid identity and agitate against progress.