What If Jesus Meant All That Stuff

Shane Claiborne is one of my favorite Christian authors. He definitely lives the words of Jesus and he is not bashful when it comes to telling others that Talk is cheap and actions are where you demonstrate your beliefs.

At one point Gandhi was asked if he was a Christian, and he said, essentially, “I sure love Jesus, but the Christians seem so unlike their Christ.” A recent study showed that the top three perceptions of Christians in the U. S. among young non-Christians are that Christians are 1) antigay, 2) judgmental, and 3) hypocritical. So what we have here is a bit of an image crisis, and much of that reputation is well deserved. That’s the ugly stuff. And that’s why I begin by saying that I’m sorry.
via Shane Claiborne – Letter to Non-Believers by Shane Claiborne

Sadly for many, the Bible Belt Trumpsters now represent Jesus’ church. They very much confirm what the non-Christians see as hypocrites and very narrow-minded people. Maybe that is one of the reasons I no longer say I am a Christian, I am just tired of apologizing for these people.

I realize that many if not the majority of Christian churches try at one level or another to be good followers of their founder Jesus.  They read some texts in their Bible and vow, at least vocally, to follow his words.  But there are too many other words that they blatantly ignore. Maybe they see them as too hard so they just pretend they don’t exist?

Maybe they have been told for too long that Christianity has nothing to do with how you act, the only thing that matters is what you believe, so why bother with the hard stuff? I just wish those folks would open their Bibles and read some of the stuff they have not evidently discovered yet.

In conclusion, the sad part of all this “hypocrite” views of the non-religious is that those who do see others as their neighbors in need and do good works in His name are so silent when it comes calling out the real hypocrites. The rest of us need to quit apologizing for these type people and proudly stand up for Jesus’ actual words

2 thoughts on “What If Jesus Meant All That Stuff

  • This is me and my view of most Christians. I’m not a religious person and I feel most religions (especially the Abrahamic ones) have missed their mark in what could have been a very uplifting, inclusive and message of care and brotherhood of man and our planet instead of a power grab.

    In today’s world whenever I hear someone is Christian or hear some one say “well they are a good Christian”, I automatically think they must be a trump supporter, anti gay, judge others, end times believer etc. I see all the preachers like Pat Robertson, Joel Osteen,Franklin Graham and others with all their wealth and yachts and 20,000 square foot homes and their spewing of the California fires were caused because there are liberals and gays living there, God put trump here to make America great again, we are a Christian nation etc., it makes me sick!

    Who do they think they are to judge everyone else! No wonder younger people are turning away from religion.

    And it is because the other more moderate and liberal ones don’t speak up. Only John Pavolitz does, whom I greatly respect.

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    • Ok, Mary. First of all, I apologize for all those folks who call themselves Christians but don’t act like it.

      Yeah, as you know, I am a regular reader of John Pavolitz but I think you should also include Shane Claiborne and Red Letter Christians in your list of those speaking out against the radical right version of religion. There are many others including Markus Borg, Diane Butler Bass, Philip Gulley, James Mulholland, Harvey Cox, Gregory Boyd, etc, etc. I would gladly give you a pretty extensive reading list from these folks to confirm that not all followers of Jesus are hypocrites. Yeah the Robertsons,Osteen, Franklin Grahams of the world get the attention because they scream the loudest.

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