Just think about that for a moment.
Now, don’t jump to some conclusion based on your political views as a Republican or Democrat, a Christian or an atheist, but seriously consider this situation:
A big evangelical Republican Tea Party rally is being held. At this rally they’ve talked about God, taxes, their hatred of President Obama, their disdain of illegal immigrants, their objections of Muslims, how there’s only one marriage— “traditional marriage”, their support for assault weapons and their disgust for Obamacare.
They’ve condemned those who have abortions as sinners that will burn in hell.
They’ve called homosexuality a disease that needs to be cured.
They’ve cheered high execution numbers, booed gay soldiers and applauded letting a man who couldn’t afford health insurance die.
They talk about taxes being too high and about “lazy Americans” that “use government programs” instead of getting a job. They say it’s unfair to raise taxes on those with higher incomes, while poor people pay next to nothing—and the poor should pay their share first.
They support tax breaks for people who make millions (or billions), while saying cuts must be made—mainly to programs that help the poor and needy.
They call teachers lazy and overpaid.
When the idea of universal health care is mentioned, it’s loudly booed and accompanied with yells of “Socialist!”, “Get your hands off my health care!” and “It’s not my job to pay for your medical care!”.
In the middle of all of this a scruffy man with olive skin, around 30 years of age, walks forward and asks to speak. He’s dressed in plain clothes, has long hair and a beard.
Would they even let him? What would their first thought be?
“We can’t let this long-haired hippie speak!”
“Is this one of these lazy, radical Occupy people?”
“I bet he’s one of those damn liberals!”
But they let him speak. And he stands there and asks,”Who here is a sinner?”, to which almost every individual raises their hand.
He then inquires if people can identify their sin—to which there’s a less enthusiastic response. While most believe themselves to be sinners, they struggle to identify the sins for which they’re actually guilty.
But some do speak up:
“Lust” one person shouts.
“Envy” from another.
He then asks them,”If you admit to being sinners, and recognize your flaws, then why do you have such hate in your heart for others who sin?”
This instantly triggers hostility and boo’s from the crowd.
He continues, “You cheer the death of a man you have never met. You applaud the multiple deaths of people you know nothing about. You boo a man fighting for your country. You scorn someone who makes a decision of which you disagree. You hate those who are different from yourself. You judge those who need help without knowing why they need it.”
He continues, “Why? Should someone hate and judge you for the sins of which you’re guilty?”
By this point the entire crowd is booing. Shouts begin to be heard:
“Get off the stage you damn hippie!”
“You fucking liberal!”
“I bet he’s a homosexual!”
He continues to speak, “If you yourself admit to being a sinner, why is it you hate others you feel commit sin? We should not judge others unless we ourselves can not be judged. We need to love everyone. Help as many as we can, while living for others, not just ourselves. Let go of your hate and fill your heart with love. Embrace those different from yourself. Love all strangers as if they were your family, not just at church, but everywhere, everyday….”
At this point he’s pushed off stage to an intense stream of ridicule. Shouting from the crowd, they mock him as he’s forcibly guided towards the exit door.
Sound far-fetched? Really? I don’t think it is.
I’m not saying all Republicans would respond this way, and there’s no way for me to ever prove this is how some would react. However, going by what I’ve witnessed, I feel I’m pretty accurate in my assessment of how one of these evangelical Tea Party rallies would treat someone who spoke of what Jesus spoke and looked how Jesus looked.
If Jesus was about nothing else, his one main point was to love and help others. He actually spoke out against religions that on their lips spoke about God, yet in their hearts knew nothing of Him. His life was lived helping the sick, the poor, the needy and while many say they strive to live a life closer to Jesus–their hate, fear and judgments expose their insecurities within their own faith.
And that’s what faith is–security. It’s the feeling that, good or bad, you have faith that there’s a plan and it’s just for you to recognize that path.
However, lack of true faith breeds insecurity. Those who push their views upon others, only prove they have no understanding of their own faith. They hate others who are different, and judge those of which they disagree, because they lack the faith within themselves to see God’s work.
By this I don’t mean that if you have no faith you’re insecure. I mean that if you claim to be a Christian, the security in your own faith should show you that it isn’t your place to force your views on someone who does not seek them.
It isn’t about what I think, or you think or they think. Any judgment about our actions in life isn’t about what any other human thinks of us. If ones actions are that of sin, so be it. That isn’t for you, I or anyone else to decide.
A “good Christian” is not created by church attendance. It’s found by your actions and how you treat others. But treating others with kindness and acceptance doesn’t make someone a “good Christian” either, it just makes someone a good person–and that’s we should all strive to be regardless of our faith or lack thereof. Any judgments to be made about who we are comes from those we love, those we care about and God.
You can attend church 365 days a year, but if you walk out with hate, fear or judgment in your heart–what was the point?
Anyone can go to school, but that doesn’t make them educated.
Anyone can go to a military base, but that doesn’t make them a soldier.
You can go to a church, but that doesn’t make you a Christian.
Because if you leave that church carrying hate, fear and judgment out with you…whatever they’re preaching in that building sure as hell isn’t Christianity.
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