Exotic Creature Sighted!
At times it seems the media really is clueless about churches and Christians. May be it can be chalked up to the poor quality of education in the humanities or religion or simply that many reporters have no curiosity to venture into one of those strange (at times foreboding) buildings with crosses on them except in case of weddings or funerals. Now this is not a candidate endorsement but some reporters are trying to figure out what it means that GOP V.P. candidate Sarah Palin was a member of an Assembly of God church in Alaska – from what’s been written you’d think she had been sippin’ tainted Kool-Aid with Jim Jones or juggling rattle snakes! You can hear the near hysteric concern – “why, some of these folks believe in miracles and the end of the world!” That’s a news flash? All they need to do is read the Apostles Creed!
Or consider the brouhaha when the 2 presidential candidates were recently interviewed by Pastor Rick Warren…at his church! Ok, maybe its just a double standard – candidates in years past have regularly shown up at “respectable” churches (i.e. mainline liberal – except for Obama’s former congregation pastored by the racist J. Wright) but maybe evangelical and Pentecostal churches are still on the wrong side of the cultural tracks for some.
Alright I will admit that the church has a P.R. problem, many times self-inflicted. Is it possible to show that believers are not so weird after all, don’t have tails or horns and in fact are fairly normal people like you will see at Home Depot or Taco Bell?