Offended? Excited? Why do some of you squirm in your seat, face heating up ready to duke it out with me? Why are some of you rejoicing in such a claim?
Since living in the humid, right-wing, rebel-flagged, and BBQed South since 2008 I have been exposed to more “Christianity” than a Jesuit priest in Italy…okay maybe not but you catch it. The Bible-Belt has lived up to its name as well as the ribs and rum cake though unfortunately not always to my delight. Why is it that with an average of more than 50% of the Southern states’ populations claiming to be Christian that almost 100% of my non-Christian friends hateChristianity? To them, Christianity sucks…and rightfully so.
The destruction, hatred, and violence that is bread by a “Christianity” that does not love or look like Jesus in any way is one of the most powerful forces in the world. Look at the Crusades, look at the Conquistadors, look at Europe, look at America. Jesus said almost 2000 years ago to “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” There is a reason men and women I know cannot answer what their problem is with Jesus but can pen a graphic depicting their stories of hatred by and for Christians.
There was a time when I never saw that I was a “Christian”. I had all the right answers and could set a fire ablaze with my tongue in self-righteousness and hatred. Winning an argument was like eating my favorite meal (orange chicken and chow-mein) even at the cost of losing a friend. What a tool. I once was blind but now I see. This is Truth I rejoice over in my life though I close my eyes sometimes as if the old way was better. Stupid.
Why is it that some of you won’t pick up a Bible to read about this guy Jesus who came and told people to love even those who hate and want to kill them? Is it because Jesus sucks or the people you know who say they follow him suck? What really is Christianity?
Don’t follow the crowd, figure it out on your own and read the thing for yourself…today.