‘Not All Christians’ needs to go

In the next coming days, your social media feeds will likely be inundated with posts from Christians eager to defend their religion against the stain of the white supremacists who stormed Charlottesville, Virgina, this weekend. They’ll use the hashtag #NotAllChristians. They’ll remind you, for the umpteenth time in two thousand years, that “real” Christians aren’t bigoted, and “true” Christians look nothing like those in white hoods.

I will not be one of them.


Truth be told, I’m really annoyed by the refrain of #NotAllChristians. That may sound odd, coming from someone who is still part of that tribe (an Episcopalian, to be precise), but these “reminders” that not all Christians are this or that is quite irritating to me. Chances are, non-Christians already know this. Most people have friends or relatives who are non-fundamentalist Christians with hearts of gold.

But we also know that the loudest representatives of American Christianity are also those with the biggest platforms in politics, businesses, and entertainment.

For Christians seeking to be different, they need to accept that these loud-mouthed bigots are, in fact, speaking for American Christians. They are ruining Christianity for everyone. Ignoring this helps no one.

Neither does it serve the Christian movement to pretend that white supremacy was not a critical ingredient in the building blocks of this country. History books can white-wash this as much as they want, but facts are facts. Much of this country’s “greatness” and “Judeo-Christian values” were built on the backs of brutalized minorities, robbed of the freedom our Founding Fathers claimed was for everyone.

Though I hardly recognize the Jesus that racist Christians claim to worship, it’s time to admit that being a Christian and a bigot are not mutually exclusive identities. Though it seems contradictory, especially with the knowledge that Jesus was Jewish, the fact is that even the most die-hard bigots claim to love him: who are we to question that?

I firmly believe that racism is antithetical to what the gospel represents, but the relationship between religion and cognitive dissonance is a tale as old as time.

As much as I want to prove that I’m different; that I’m not like “those Christians” giving my faith a bad name, I know that preaching from the pulpit of social media won’t make a difference. The best I can do is prove it with my life choices, my compassion…and my vote.


When your faith is already active in your life, preaching ‘Not All Christians’ is no longer necessary


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4 thoughts on “‘Not All Christians’ needs to go

  1. Hi Beth,

    A voice of calm and reason.

    So a brief rant from me, a self confessed conservative :

    It’s quite clear that Trump is an insufferable , clueless, ghastly, loudmouth ,narcissist bully, either who thinks he’s on a reality tv show .He’s now using Twitter to announce policy, bully even his own Attorney General & wherein even his own advisers are kept in the dark. He spent the whole campaign deriding minorities, disabled and women in outrageous fashion, whilst being lauded by the far right. He’s now threatening war with north Korea , which if mishandled by his megaphone will lead to the unnecessary deaths of millions.

    The far right of America have been emboldened by the Trump victory and have hijacked the issue of a statue in order to show hate of African-Americans , Jews , Roman Catholic Mexican / South American Latinos , Muslims and other groups. It’s vile , anti Conservative race war stuff, racist and is nothing I could ever endorse or condone.

    These are troubling days for those of us who admire and look to America as a beacon of hope and well coolness.


  2. In the UK where we have an active and often intolerant wing of atheism whose secret hope is to see all religion banned, we have our own extreme right-wing fools and deluded folk on my own home turf of the extreme left who are anti-Semitic it is a common response for religious groups to dissociate themselves form extreme religious and hateful views. So in some respects I have sympathy with ‘Not All Christians’…it would be a classic British response.
    That said I do agree the need in the USA to confront these hateful people and their vile racist views; for a start off they obviously can’t cope with the fact that essentially Jesus was of Jewish heritage, bodily of Jewish stock and essentially taught in a Jewish style.
    These are indeed trying times which test souls.
    All my best wishes to the ordinary folk of The USA.


  3. Who doesn’t get the (essentially self-evident) truth of any “Not All ______” statements? Bigots, most likely. It is they who say “All _______ are _______”.

    I’m reminded of a saying often repeated in 12 Step contexts (among others): “Never underestimate the power of denial.” In the case of those white supremacists, it is denial of history and wrongs done, of basic biology, and finally, of other people’s humanity. And, they deny the core message of Him whom they claim as their Lord and Savior.

    If Christians want to defend their faith from association with these worshipers of false idols, they need to say something more than “Not All”. They need to say clearly how mistaken those people are and directly reject and denounce the horror they represent.

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