“I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” Gandhi
I spent the majority of my life (13-30) deeply rooted in a fundamentalist evangelical christian church. As I have mentioned before, when I left that church it was a time for me to relearn God. Truthfully I was scared to death to question or explore other religions, because I had grown up with fear-based teachings. A vengeful God, who demanded unconditional, unquestioning, love and respect. Don’t dare question or you will end up in the fiery pits of hell. I loved him in a Stockholm Syndrome fashion. as a hostage loves the captor who gives and takes away life.
The journey I have taken could fill a book and I won’t delve into it in this post, but suffice to say I have relearned a God that is love. Pure, unfailing, unwavering love. I read the bible in a different light now. I no longer claim to know all the answers. But when I question, I don’t seek out pastors, or theologies – I go to the source, the spirit that is within me (within all of us) and ask for guidance
What spurred this post is the resent backlash, I’ve heard from conservative radio hosts that has made it’s way into the views of people that I know who claim to be Christians. I have actually heard these people condemn the relief efforts we are giving to Haiti. I know, my jaw is still on the ground. Is it politics? Prejudiced? Unfortunately in this day and age, I think the two go hand in hand.
It’s heartbreaking to me, because I am a believer and this type of behavior makes the beautiful truths that I try to live by polluted. We can no longer see God’s truths because of the Christians. Shouldn’t the Christian (Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, hell, just human) response be “I see a brother in need and I will reach out to him”? I know that for the majority of us this is the case. But this small minority has really disturbed me. As Martin Luther King Jr said “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
Ok, thanks for letting me vent. I will end this blog with one final quote:
1st John 4:7&8
Dear friends, let us continually love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born from God and knows God. The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love