I recently got an email from someone who didn't like my Jesus Saves video in the movies section of this site and I basically got the same response as the people above. People are willing to give you that Jesus was a good guy and you could learn a lot from him, but when it comes to the people who actually follow his teachings you're best to be on your guard - stay away from those creeps.
It's tough to carry this kind of a stigma. Where did all this hostility come from? I could speculate, but it's clear that no amount of research is going to give you a clear answer. It could be anything from the skepticism of modern science to the rebellion of the youth revolution in the fifties and sixties.
Whatever the cause, the real question is how it can be improved. Yeah, yeah, I know, we're promised to be persecuted and all that, but where in the Bible does it say we're not allowed to combat such persecution? Too many people say "Well, Jesus said it was going to happen, now it's happening, c'est la vie."
Maybe "combat" is the wrong word. That's exactly the kind of thing for which people are criticizing us. We're too combative and rigid and . . . Nazi-ish.
I'm really at a loss. I don't know what anyone could do about this on a grand scale. I think, however, that the Creation Museum is off to a good start. According to this man (who, apparently, is, at best, a skeptic) they are "not say[ing] that creationism is the correct choice (where, obviously, it must be--this is the Creation Museum), but instead seems to be trying to only allow creationism to be equal to evolution." It obviously impressed him that these Christians weren't ramming anything down his throat.
And maybe that's where we've gone wrong. There's a fine line between evangelism and harassment. Maybe all this focus on evangelism to people who aren't properly trained or educated is hurting more than it's helping. Christianity is famously the religion for all people - so easy a child can understand, so complicated a learned philosopher could spend decades decoding its truths. But maybe we need to stop telling the "children" (so to speak) to tell the learned philosophers what they're doing wrong. It makes them seem ignorant and gives the intelligent Christians a bad name. Not that the children were doing anything wrong - just that they didn't know what they were doing.
Somewhere along the line, Christians lost their grip on the culture and now they're trying to claw their way back to the top of a sand dune. They need to release their talons and spread their wings - only the wind can carry them back to the top. Seriously, guys, just let go and give it time. God will give you your opportunities to witness. Do not seek destiny - it will find you.