Redefining Christianity

I am so done with some Christians today. I am so fucking done with them. We claim we are Christ’s followers and that we live by the bible, yet we throw up signs of protest at abortion clinics or at LGBTQ+ Rallies. We nitpick a small verse in the bible about how women shouldn’t hold leadership positions and we show that every time there is a woman who wants to be a preacher or an elder or literally anything besides a nanny or a housewife.

We try to force our beliefs upon non-Christians and, in all honestly, if I wasn’t a Christian and didn’t know what it really stood for, I would run in the opposite direction every time a Christian approached me. I would not be interested in a group of people who didn’t live what they preached. Crusades, evangelism, mission trips, etc., I get spreading the gospel, and I am all for doing so, but I think we’re doing it all wrong.

Love is in the (King James) bible 310 times, more than the word “lesbian” or “gay” or “modesty” or the submission of women in the church, which total appear… maybe five times.

We are going about this all wrong. Remember Jesus? Well, you know what He said the two greatest commandments are? (1) Love your Lord God with all your heart and (2) Love your neighbor as yourself. And that is where we need to start.

Not at an abortion clinic. Not forcing our religion upon others. Not holding up signs and screaming about how we are right. With love.

With listening and understanding. With kind hearts and open minds. Not by focusing on the small part of the big picture. We need to bring back what Christianity is all about–Jesus and His love.

So I encourage you to leave behind your assumptions for today and go at the world with a heart overflowing with Jesus’s love. You’ll be amazed what happens.

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians.”

~Mahatma Gandhi

DISCLAIMER: This post is not meant to be derogatory or angry against any type or set of Christians. As a friend reminded me today, I am not the one who determines what is right and wrong and, thankfully, we are all made differently and have different viewpoints about many issues, which leads to powerful conversations. All I can do is love like Jesus loves me. Next week, I plan on diving into this topic of love and what it means from how I interpret the Bible. Follow my blog for a direct email when it is posted. For more information on this post though, click any of the hyperlinks dispersed throughout, or read this article I just found.

This blog post is part of the “I am Christian” posts, which can be found here. All posts can be found here.
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  1. Well I glad you got that off your chest. I like what you said in your opening paragraph because it is exactly the thing that reveals the heart behind my favourite song, Jesus Friend Of Sinners: “Let’s put down our signs, cross over the lines, and love like you did.” Yea I agree with you that abortion and homosexuality are just sins like every other – they are no worse. We don’t go round shouting at people in hotels who are committing fornication, nor do we go round to the hairdressers and shout at the ladies who are gossiping. The best thing for you to do though is to make sure you are being a good witness by trying to steer your uncontrolled anger in a way that does not dishonour God. It’s not always easy to get this right and I too have got mad over stuff, but we need to learn how to control our negative emotions so that while we are becoming irritated with hypocrisy, we are not displeasing God with our language at the same time. I wish you all the best with your blog. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts. Have a blessed day.

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  2. Jesus also talks about poverty & economic injustice far more than he speaks of sexuality. And what many people THINK the Bible says about homosexuality, is not what it actually says about it. Keep on exploring your faith, dear. Glad to walk it with you.

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  3. Camden, I agree very much with some of what you are saying here, and I understand the frustration of feeling surrounded by inauthentic Christians (at Liberty University we have no lack of those here). What we must remember, however, is not pointing the nonbelievers in our lives towards Christianity and how we are doing but to Christ the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). God designed us to live in perfect relationship with him through the Church as His bride, but the bride has been unfaithful to Him over and over throughout our history. If we set our sites on the imperfections of our brothers and sisters in the Church, we will come out with bitterness, anger and hatred towards those who we will eventually spend eternity with. We must first set our eyes on living a life worthy of the calling to which we have been called (Ephesians 4:1), and good fruit will surely follow. Thanks for your faithfulness to the Lord at Elon!

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    • Yes, I agree. We must stand together on this front. This is just the first part of my post, the rest of which will be out next week. I have discovered that love is an important part of any relationship, rather it be between or within religions, specifically Christianity. As important as it is to encourage each other and build each other up for the spread of the gospel and the ultimate life in eternity, it is equally important to be able to notice our own faults and grow from them. One of the most humbling experiences is noticing a sin that you never even realized you had. It’s like reliving the reason Jesus died all over again.
      This post is not meant to be a call-out to any sort of Christian, but rather a statement to show love above all else. Next week, I will be going more into what I see that love as. Obviously, I am not God and do not know what God would say specifically, except for what I get from the Bible. I just want to start the conversation somewhere. Christians —well, anybody really—need to have conversations like this so that we can really join together and make the maximum impact. Two parts of a rubber band going in opposite directions will eventually snap back towards the middle because they are connected. That is how Christians are. We are going two different directions and only through “snapping back” toward Christ and His love, the middle/center of our lives, can we start to make a change.

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  4. Wow! Bold words…. I have to admit that from time to time the bold words have been uttered by my lips; however, one Day At a time I reset with Christ’s renewal to use wise words. I love your passion and love for Christ and His love for all. As I travel on this road of being humans created in God’s image I realize more and more that the challenge is within myself to be the best Christian I can become and that Christ is love. Each day I realize the importance of the serenity Prayer:
    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    Courage to change the things I can,
    And wisdom to know the difference. Sometimes when I get really fired up angry, mad, frustrated or bummed out with Christians, humans, situations, outcomes, results and stuff of life I realize that’s God working on me to heal within myself. I slow down, pause, pray and meditate to hear Gods calm voice in my soul. I realize I’m not the judge …. that’s Gods role. I pray that all people of all races, denomination, spiritual origin and gender may experience God’s love that surpasses all understanding. That the “Self Centered Fear” of feeling like we are going to loose something we have or not get something we want may be dissolve for all. In Christ’s name. Love You, Dad

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  5. Great article Camden! I love your point. There are Christians that do go to abortion clinics and stand up for how they interpret the bible. We have to remember that everything the bible says is true! Evangelism is an important part of our jobs as Christians and it is important for us to share our faith (even if some believe that we are shoving it down people’s throats!) and to stand up for what the bible says, maybe just in a little nicer way 🙂 I wouldn’t be so quick to turn down the main points of your religion! The bible isn’t necessarily saying that women shouldn’t hold leadership positions, rather that in a home, women and men have very different relationships, each equally as important! Ephesians 5:22-33 says, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

    We have to stand up, like you said, against the people who are taking their faith away from the true meaning of the gospel. But I think there are points that people don’t agree with. That does not make them wrong, it just means that a beautiful thing that God gave us was the ability to interpret the bible in our own ways!
    Just some thoughts from Mae
    Love you ❤

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