Driving the rural countryside the other day I saw this billboard. Not some tiny little sign off the side of the road but an honest to goodness billboard.
“Real Christians” follow the rules of Jesus”
What does that mean exactly?
Maybe this is just me but, I see this sign right up there with those who parade around holding signs saying that God hates Fags.
First off I have no idea what a “real Christian is.” I don’t, do you?
To those of us who have an intellect that is at least twelfth grade and have read the Bible, there are really few rules to it to be a Christian.
The first and most controversial of them is, that you are called.
Does that mean that your cell phone will come up with this number 1-800 H-E-A-V-E-N? ( Yea I know it is missing a digit, but it is God after all so he can so have a unique number.) “By the way, if he ever sends you a card, save the stamp!”
How can you tell if you are called?
Do you have a desire to learn more?
Have you been putting off picking up the book or going to church with a friend?
There are many ways to be called and not one of them is cast in stone.
“You must profess that Jesus is your salvation. He paid the price for any sin you ever did, or will do.”
Read that last part again, “or will do.” He knew you before you were born and created you anyway.
How do we know that; the Bible tells us so.”
You are either a Christian, or you are not. I don’t understand how someone can try and decipher levels of Christianity! It is not biblical. Therefore they do not exist.
I deal with this topic in many of my books. Bigots who hide behind the bible do a disservice to others. They give Christianity a bad name with their warped understanding of it. If you are sitting there thinking it is my understanding that is warped, think again…. People are famous for taking things out of context and making the Bible say things that it does not.
The early church made it illegal for you to own a Bible.
Now keep in mind that the early church was not only your spiritual guidance, they were also the educators, and most importantly the government! Yea, if you disagreed with them, it was bad news for you!
Juxtaposing LGBT and Christianity has been a fine tight wire to walk. I deal with this in many of my novels, Diamond Joe being the latest. It is not the overarching theme of any of my novels, but I deal with it as many are on the fence and honestly need to hear something other than “God Hates Fags!”
It is simply not the case! Anyone who does something to cause someone to turn away from him is actually in more hot water than your average sinner. Christians are called to love the sinner and not the sin. That is it, end of story! Your sexual preference does not make a difference, you are no different than any of the other sinners in any of those buildings we call churches. That in itself is another misnomer as the “church” are the saints or the body of believers, not the damned building!
I just released Diamond Joe, and people are buying it all over the world, go check it out and tell me what you think. Some of the first e-mails in are super positive!
Tell me your thoughts on this blog. No hate please, the world is full enough of that. I will not tolerate it here or in my life.
Constructive criticism or honest disagreement I can handle. Spewing vile rhetoric under some pseudonym, save your breath.
Much Love -TW