Because the Christian Church purports to be one thing, and displays quite a different thing, a kind of cultural disillusionment has occurred. God, when He is not dismissed out of hand, is now conflated with His human followers. He has, in popular culture, become one with the ravenous, destructive human shoppers of Sausage Party.

What can Christians do about this? For one thing, the admission of humanity is essential. The Church has built up an aura of separatism—members are somehow of a higher order of human than the rest of the spiritual plebeians. Churchgoers have labels for non-Christians, things like “unbelievers,” and “the lost,” and, especially, “the world”.

Christians need to take Jesus’ cue—go out into communities and be a person. Get out there, don’t be a jerk, and then, when people learn you’re a Christian, they’ll think, Hey! Maybe Christians aren't jerks, after all! This is a fantastic, and mostly unknown form of evangelism.

The Church doesn’t have to condone sin. Sin is sin, but the judgment, punishment, or reward for the way we live our lives rests with God alone. The place of the Christian is to teach and beckon, not to harm others, or to make them feel bad about themselves in order to lift up and separate Christianity from the rest of humanity. Scripturally, God loves all people, no matter their lifestyle or beliefs. Don't kick His kids.

The Church has to do its part in engaging the secular community in dialogue, admitting its humanity, most of all, in properly understanding and communicating its own beliefs. Stop trying to dehumanize those who disagree, and start talking. Because right now, the Church is acting an awful lot like those horrible shoppers in Sausage Party. Perhaps, if this ceases, we won’t have a culture whose escapism is escape from religion.

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