I have learned a lot about Christianity over the years and the simplistic beauty of the teachings of Christ. I am not a fanatic, full of faults and sins, personal struggles, but I have always been taken by the teachings of Christ while He walked the earth for a short 33 years. I'm not much into the "Church" though. You'd assume that if you went to a Christian Church that you'd hear the teachings of Christ, and you do as a pastor normally speaks 40 minutes on a verse and a half, but the true spirit of Christianity, that which Jesus tried so simply to express is so absent in the Church. Love, tenderness, forgiveness, acceptance, long sufferring, selflessness, charity, kindness, aiding and tending to others needs. The congregation raises hands, sings some old hymns or new generation praise and worship songs, toss in some Tythes, close our eyes while a pastor prays a sinners prayer and opens the altar. But the real passion of the church today seems to be politically motivated, hate and rhetoric. We're like tribes in Iraq. Sunnis against Shiite Muslims against Kurds against palestinians and Jews and the Infidels of the west. It would appear that perhaps Jesus isn't welcome anymore, and based on the vile hatred and loss of touch with what His message is all about, I'd say He doesn't care to rub shoulders with those that use Him anyway. During the 2008 campaign I heard folks say Michelle Obama was not American because she said she is finally proud to be an American. Was she not proud to associate herself with America before her husband was nominated as the Democratic candidate? No, I think she was just a little disenchanted with the people. Much in the same way that I and many Christians are disenchanted with the folks that share our churches. They all have the same Bibles and as well as I know, the Bibles all say the same things, but the very theme and meaning and purpose of being a Christian has been perverted. Hate filled speech, loud uproars, bearing false witness. It is so similar to the days when the Jews called upon Herod to Crucify Jesus, even though Herod could find no blemish in the Lord. He tried to calm the angry mob and reason with them, but they wouldn't hear it, they just continued mindlessly calling for His execution because they thought He was evil. The very God that came to save them was the target of their hatred. And Christians hang their heads and cry tears when they see dramatizations of the story of Jesus. Now so many of them act as that same angry mob, bearing false witness, lies, hatred, unwarranted anger, an uncontrolled mob. Perhaps good doesn't always trump evil. Perhaps the spirit of anti-Christ which was always said to rise up out of the church is here upon us and the masses of those that think they are bound for glory will be the ones that cry out, "Lord, Lord!" and hear Him answer, "Depart from me ye workers of iniquity, for I never knew you."
I have seen the erosion of true christianity over the years, greedy and hateful people taking over the adminsitration and leadership of the church. Like the scribes and Pharisees of the Church in Christ's time, I see the same dissension and departure from Christian principles by these leaders and the sheep just follow after them, putting faith in men and not God. And so, I have not been proud to associate myself with them that talk the talk during visitation but walk like the worst heathen on earth. I have not departed from my faith but have decided to separate myself from the false doctrine that is practiced in these political houses which were once the house of God. I choose to worship Him in spirit and truth in the true Temple of god, whichis the body, mind and soul. Rather than associate myself with these anti-christs where I would surely fall into judgement of them, i distance myself from them and stand in the distance so that I can see the clear vision of Christianity not clouded with the rhetoric and vileness and hatred which is the normal accepted practice. I reflect on what political philosophy Jesus was leaning towards and i can't recall an affiliation in the Bible. When his followers asked Him if they should stop paying taxes to the romans he simply said, "Render that to Caesar which is Caesar's and that which is God's to God." I would guess that if He had any tendencies it would be leaning socialist. He taught that we should not be concerned with worldly goods, to care for the sick, the widow, the fatherless, not to judge or cast the first stone, let him which is without sin cast the first stone. He told the rich man if he wanted to be a true follower to sale all of his belongings and give it to the poor, pick up his cross and follow after Him. Of course, the rich man backed off the patronizing and fell by the wayside,
I wonder how I will fare when I pass and if I can squeak through the gates of heaven. I also wonder if those that mumbled a sinners prayer and found a place to hide among a congregation but live the life of judging the homosexual, the whore, the drug addict, the one that has no education or opportunity and may have to steal to sustain his family, I wonder if they think they really get into heaven on that prayer alone. Jesus said fath without works is dead. Do you promote life by murder or war? Does violence promote peace? These are questions each Christian will have to ask himself and if the faith in Christianity is true, one day that answer will be clear, without blemish or clouding, but perhaps it may be too late for that person led astray by the leader they followed in lieu of reading the Word and following after Christ.