Are you a Christian? That’s good. I’m happy about that. I don’t have a problem with Christians. I used to call myself a “Christian” until years ago when a guide on an Israel tour said that they prefer to call themselves “believers” since the world Christian has a negative vibe to their Muslim neighbors from the days of the crusades.
I read about Kirk Cameron this morning and found out that he was an atheist until he was 17 years old and on the popular television show called “Growing Pains”. At some point he was saved, born again, converted or whatever you want to call it. Kirk has never been the same again. When someone mentions his name now, I see people roll their eyes and talk about how he’s a “Christian” now. Most people who don’t really know much about Christianity will say they have no problem that he became a Christian but now he is the other extreme.
There are other examples of where Christians have taken their conversion to the extreme. Like the guy that went on a rampage on Facebook last year when Starbucks came out with the red cups. Seriously? Maybe he just needed some decaf with his Christianity.
It saddens me how Christians have given Jesus a bad image. In fact, I think most of you may have felt a little cringe when I just typed the name Jesus in that last sentence. No doubt your mind goes to some religious nut that really turned your mind off. Let me just say that not all Christians are nuts. I still prefer to be called a believer. Not Brother Milton or any of those religious church terms. I am a believer and I am not ashamed of that. What I am ashamed of is these people that do not have the right balance in their lives. That bothers me.
When I was in the Air Force stationed in Greenland, there was a super-religious guy that drove me nuts. You could not carry on a normal conversation with the guy. He was always quoting scriptures or speaking in the King James Bible language. He was an example of the extreme.
If you look at the life of Christ, He didn’t attack people or tell them they were going to hell. In fact, His harshest words were for the religious people. With others he dealt with them kindly. He even went to eat dinner at a tax collector’s house! Wow. What a scandal!
Being a Christian is defined that a person is Christ-like but I see a lot of Christians who aren’t Christ-like and they are making the people who are doing good and serving others look bad and making their jobs much harder than it should be.
If have seen first hand what a mess it can be to be a part of a dysfunctional Christian group. I have had to unlearn so many things and one of those is how to be a Christian without being a nut about it. I am not going to preach to someone. In fact, I’m probably going to be quiet and pray for you. I’m not going to force my beliefs upon anyone. I have learned that you aren’t going to convince someone by argument or debate.
I have a lot of respect for people that are in the ministry. I know several who are good people with good hearts. Their job isn’t easy. If you think you know people, you should try being a pastor of a church. Just because people go to church doesn’t mean it is easy to deal with the various personalities. I used to be a greeter at church and had several times when I was fussed out about the smallest of details. The music was too loud, they didn’t like the message on the church sign or the carpet needed to be repaired. Yet they were the ones praying the loudest in the church service.
During the election I have seen posts and heard several Christians that have supported Trump and an entire magazine that thinks he’s going to bring revival in America again. Yep, that one still puzzles me. So now if someone knows I am a Christian, they immediately assume I voted for Trump. I never drank the kool aide that he was going to bring God back to America.
I am a believer. I am a believer in Jesus Christ. I believe he came to this world and died as a sacrifice for my sins. That doesn’t give me a license to be extreme about it. You can choose to believe or not. I’m not going to stop being your friend if you don’t believe. I’m not going to shun you if you are gay. I don’t care who you voted for. I try to be a better person every day. Some days I fail miserably. I’m not going to beat you over the head with a Bible because I’m doing that enough to myself.