May 1, 2013

  • you are a Democrat or vote Democrat.
  • you support abortion.
  • you smoke cigarettes.
  • you are gay.
  • you are an addict.
  • you are obese.
  • you send your children to public school.
  • you like Oprah.
This list can go on and on.  How about this list?  You are not a Christian if:
  • you enslave people.
  • you villify and take from the poor (instead of helping the poor, fatherless, and widowed).
  • you kill an abortion doctor.
  • you "cast stones."
  • you try to circumvent the law. (Is there not a scripture about obeying the law of the land?)
  • you cheat.
  • your "fruit" is indicative of hate not love, joy, peace, patience, temperance, etc.,
  • you disrespect those in authority.
Sadly this list can go on and on too.

My rant is not about homosexuality, even though it comes on the heels of Jason Collins' admitting that he is gay.  I have bitten my tongue on several occasions keeping my feelings about the "church" and "church folk" to myself trying to keep the peace.  But I have finally given myself permission to say what is on my mind.  I am speaking from the perspective of a preacher's daughter and someone that has spent the better part of my adult life actively involved in the church.  I have observed alot and questioned alot of things.  While this behavior is not new, I had my fill of it during the 2008 presidential campaign.  I am tired of the meanness, the haughtiness, the "gotcha" spirit, the "Imma pray for you" attitude.  And yes even the "love the sinner but hate the sin" mantra.  What does that even look like?

I'm just writing and free flowing.  I don't have the exact scripture reference and I may not feel like looking it up by the time I publish this post.  You can look it up at your leisure.  Anyway, two scriptures come to mind.  I believe they are found in one of John's epistles and one of the Corinthians.  One is that (and I am paraphrasing) the world will know we are His disciples by the love we have one for another and the other is that Christ did not come impute/charge us with our sin but He came that we would be made right with God through Him.  Seems pretty self-explanatory to me.  Yet I see what seems to be the behavior of the Pharisees, Saducees, and the scribes whom, correct me if I am wrong, seem to get under Christ's skin.  He had alot to say about their behavior.  Yet this is the same behavior that I tend to see.

Senator John McCain used the term "gotcha journalism"  during his 2008 campaign.  Well I'm coining the term "gotcha Christians."  It's an oxymoron if I ever heard one.  I'm not a psychologist,  Could somebody please explain to me why we feel the need to "tell people about themselves?"  Why are some folks so eager to point out wrongdoing in others but want grace when contending with their own issues?  Why are some sins more disturbing than others?  What sins take a person out of the running for salvation?

I don't have answers to those questions.  I don't know that anyone does.  What I do know is that I am irritated to the point that when I hear the term "Christian" now that I cringe and I do not even care to label myself as one even though that is my faith.  Don't get it twisted though.  I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but I am ashamed of some Christians.


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