Sometimes, I don’t want to be a Christian. Actually, let me clarify that, sometimes, I don’t want to be “labeled” a Christian.
I’ll be more than happy to tell you why. Well there’s this feeling I get every now and then, I get it when I stumble through Twitter or Facebook and see just what other “self proclaimed” Christians post. Some of the things posted are the most hateful, judgmental, and self righteous things I’ve ever read. The blatant insensitivity toward those hurting, abused, and suffering is appalling, and yet they’re Christians.
It hurts me to see that some “Christians” have the gall to judge a person because of the clothes they wear. It hurts me to see some that “Christians” choose nationalism over their spiritual allegiance. It hurts to see that some “Christians” try to squeeze our savior, who transcends politics entirely into a small political ideology and then claim that all others are false. It hurts to see that some “Christians” use Christ as an excuse for Greed. It hurts me that many Christians who have been given this remarkable thing called grace, turn around and become the most stringent on whom they give it to. And it hurts me to see some “Christians” rejoice in the claim that homosexuals are going to hell. That last one, to be honest, requires a special kind of hate.
If that is true Christianity, I have no problem throwing up deuces and promptly walking out the door. Thankfully, that’s not the case. I am so thankful that is not the case. Here are a couple verses to look over.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
John 3:16-17 ESV
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 john 4:7-11ESV
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
1 John 4:20 ESV
The word “Christian” has been hijacked. The word Christian simply means “like Christ”, but yet so many “Christians” are unlike Him. So the perception for those on the outside looking in is if Christ is like all these Christians running around on the news then He must unloving, hateful, unsympathetic, selfish, rude, and angry.
Christ is so far on the opposite end of the spectrum, and there are some Christians that actually appropriately reflect his light. Where are they you ask? They’re out there somewhere; they normally don’t get much airtime on TV as much as the bigots, but keep looking, they’re there. What about me? I don’t want to send the message that I’m perfect, because if you know me you’ll agree that I’m far from it. Some days I’m in bad moods, some days I get angry and stressed out, but if there’s an overall message I want to dedicate myself to, it’s love. I like to say that I’m simply under renovation or I’m just a work in progress.
So I guess when it comes down to it, I don’t want to be a “Christian” on their terms, but I do want to be a true Christian according to what it really means, like Christ.
If you’re reading this blog post and you’re not a Christian, first off, I’m sorry for some of us, second, sorry that you had to see this little rant, and finally, if you’re in need of a friend, please consider this an open invitation for friendship. Feel free to simply message me on Twitter or Facebook.
Take care and God Bless,