Tell me if you have heard this before: liberals who claim to be tolerant and open-minded attack those with Christian beliefs. In the most recent instance, the target was Zachary Levi, the star of the NBC show Chuck. The ideological war is being waged, of all places, on Twitter.
Levi came under attack on April 29, 2012, when he responded to a fan's observation that, even as a Christian, he cursed quite a bit. Levi is an active Twitter user, but rarely talks about his faith. He described his spiritual outlook in a tweet by quoting St. Francis of Assisi: "Preach the gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words." He also tweeted "truth always points to Christ. You don't have to be an evangelist to preach. Just honest. That's what I strive to be."
This revelation, of sorts, caused an uproar among some of his liberal Twitter followers, who took offense that one of their Hollywood darlings would dare to believe in Jesus. One follower, whose Twitter account identified him as an "atheist, skeptic, and liberal free thinker," got his hemp undershorts in a bunch over it, causing him to send the following tweet: "@ZacharyLevi unfollowed. Expected better from you." Several others also followed suit.
Never mind the irony that a man who calls himself a "free thinker" would gather up his toys and leave the philosophical sandbox when someone else speaks their mind. This individual employed the usual liberal tactic of marginalization and intimidation, rather than show some mutual respect for another's beliefs. Once again, the left attempted to quash expressions of faith in the public arena.
Levi, for his part, took the intolerance in stride. He responded to the liberal bigot who said he "expected better" by tweeting back "So did my high school guidance counselor. Welcome to the club." Ultimately, however, it was Levi who had the last laugh. Hundreds of Twitter users came to his defense, and his former Chuck co-star, Adam Baldwin, took up his cause.
Baldwin, himself a Christian and an outspoken conservative, tweeted about the online diss and intolerance Levi was receiving. He retweeted the original liberal protestor's tweet with the words "Anti-Christian bigotry!" and sent it to his nearly 100,000 followers.
Baldwin also tweeted words of support to Levi directly, quoting II Corinthians 5:7: "For we walk by faith, not by sight." As a result of the Baldwin tweets, Levi ended up with hundreds more followers than he lost.
Even though Chuck is now off the air, the situation proved that Zachary Levi still has a large "Nerd Herd" looking out for him and his faith.
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