Some Christians respond to outsider’s negativity by promoting a less offensive faith. The unpopular parts of Christain teaching are omitted or deemphasized. They hijack the image of Jesus by portraying him as an open-minded, big-hearted, and never-offend-anyone moral teacher. That is an entirely wrong idea of Jesus. He taught remarkably tough truths about human beings and about sin. You cannot read a passage like Revelation 19 (when his second coming is equal parts glorious and dangerous) or his time on earth (where he opposed religious leaders and spoke bluntly of people’s spiritual fractures) and not see the strong, righteous side of Jesus. Softening or reshaping the gospel is an utterly wrong response to the objections people raise.
David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons