Did you ever visit a church and something rubbed your heart wrong? Or maybe you experienced something from someone identifying as a Christian–maybe it was gossip, deceit, or some form of oppression, or maybe flat-out hate, or abuse. Worst of all, it may have been done with the support of bible texts.
If you thought: This cant be God—and if it is I want nothing to do with *Him– you may have been right. Maybe it was People, not God.
If the mere label “Christian” is the only litmus test, observing some “Christian” American politicians might affirm/horrify you. How they speak about those who need extra support… How they make policies that shame, divide, oppress and round-up those with different beliefs, lifestyles, mother tongues, and backgrounds…
Why does it seem some “Christians” care more about guns, money, power, and unborn children, than the lives of fellow men, women and children (those who exist outside the womb)?
Is Christianity just some club, or clique?
“If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother (aka fellow human), he is a liar. ..he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” (1 John 4:20, bible)
Love does No Harm: Jesus gives a picture of God bleeding on a cross, arguably, for those who put him there, so how can those who profess to follow him bash their fellow humans for divergent beliefs, understandings, or anything?
If I was born in another time, they would’ve burned me…
The Old Testament instructed people to love God with heart and soul, but misguided, extremist versions of this resulted in everything from Paul persecuting first Christians, to Crusades and their widespread convert or die theology.
But Jesus blew it up: Love the way I loved you. Jesus, in a sense, took God out of the equation. But even more blasphemous, he explained God is actually in Us. (didn’t I say you are all gods (Psalm 82:6/John 10:34)…. & as much as you did for the least of these, you did for Me (Mat. 25:40).
Loving, caring for, and standing up for another across backgrounds and borders, as opposed to using our might to defend guns, money, or “our way of life..” is a real manifestation of the kingdom of God/Love.
What good is it to attend church, read your bible, pray and fast,.. but not activate in a world where countless hungry and hurting men, women and children barely exist, prisoners are forgotten (and disenfranchised), orphans are overlooked, and a heap of silence and status quo shield various forms of violence and abuse…?
Where Are The Warriors?
The word “Christian” and the name “Jesus” makes many run for cover, so if now’s not the time to Live, not just read about God’s Heart, then when?
Where do you Stand?
What breaks your heart or fires you up? Is it homelessness, social injustice, poverty, or the oppression of LGBTQA people? Maybe loneliness, the plight of prisoners, abused kids, abused animals, environmental devastation, or bullying…? Whatever it is, be encouraged to activate your Heart and get in the ring.
Love is the Real Litmus test of a Christian so don’t be afraid to let that vulnerable yet powerful fire lose. But beware: you may no longer fit in a typical church…
Don’t worry, the “Church” was never a building…
*I use He and His as pronouns for God, but fully recognize God with male and female “identity” (for lack of a better word). This is evidenced throughout the bible but most blatantly throughout humanity. 2-part post, Transgender God here if you’d like to contemplate further.