I’m disgusted. And I didn’t realize this until recently.
What exactly am I disgusted about, you ask? Well … I’m disgusted at the church. At Christians. At legalism. At snobbish, self-righteous, holy-rollin’ “Christians” who think that Christianity is all about spiritual goose bumps. So many Christians (and I use this term loosely to describe them) think that Christianity is about a checklist. Go to church on Sunday – check. Go to church on Wednesday – check. Give my tithe and offering – check. Pray every morning and read my Bible – check.
This is all fine and dandy, but the problem is – this isn’t the function of the Church! What people are doing is getting comfortable with the form of Church and they’ve lost all identity of the function, and what it means to actually BE the church! Christ wasn’t crucified between two candlesticks in a carpeted cathedral – yet so many “Christians” are sitting comfortable in their padded pews not giving a shit about the thousands and thousands of people who are dying every single day who haven’t heard the name of Jesus Christ!! … Truth be told, many of you are probably more offended by the fact that I just said “shit” than by the fact that people are dying without hearing the good news of the Gospel. — and that’s exactly what I’m talking about. Christians are getting so offended and argumentative about things that don’t even matter, things that are sideline to the main goal of Christianity. So eager to argue doctrine and contemplate theology and debate religion, meanwhile keeping in line with tradition and following all the right rules, pleasing the church leaders and making sure the biggest financial supporter in the local church doesn’t get offended … While 20 miles across town is a man who digs through the trash looking for a piece of bread to eat.
When did the Church lose it’s identity?? When did Christians become complacent in their outreach? When did people stop caring for God’s children?! … I’ll tell you when – when they started to think that Christianity was all about them. When they started to think that Sundays was about feeling emotional and happy at a church service. You church people make me sick.
How dare you. How dare you call yourself a Christian and sit comfortably in your own salvation not even caring that someone across town is going hungry or cold at night because they have nowhere to live? How dare you call yourself a Christian and turn a deaf ear to the cries of His children who are desperate for just a touch of His kindness? How dare you call yourself a Christian and then respond in anger towards a homosexual, or point your finger in the face of a woman who just had an abortion, instead of accepting these people with love and compassion? How dare you carry the very name Christ and have no guilt or passion in your heart for the thousands of people who have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ? How dare you take communion, the bread and the wine, representing the body and the blood of your MURDERED Savior – and then with those same hands you point fingers and blame at people who are equally as sinful as you?! … How dare you …
Freely we receive, and freely we must give. No person deserve to hear the Gospel message twice when there are countless out there who have never heard it once. He who turns a deaf ear to the cries of the poor, will also cry himself and not be heard (Proverbs 21:13).
Gandhi said it best – “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians; your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
Christianity isn’t about you. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you’ll start being like Christ.