Hi there! You may not know this, but I’m a Christian. Some might call me a “bad Christian”. Others might say I’m lost and rebellious. Some might say I lost my way. I don’t really go to church anymore. I can’t even say I DO church anymore, as worship is rarely at the forefront of my mind, I don’t live in a state of worship.
All that aside, I am a Christian. I believe that God created life on Earth, I believe in Jesus as His holy son who was born, died, then rose again in atonement for our sins. I believe that love is the way, the truth, and the life.
I struggle with organized religion because of the judgment and haughtiness that accompanies much of it. I don’t like being told that drinking wine is a sin from one sect while others drink it on Sunday in remembrance. I don’t like being told that I can’t say “oh shit”, but then hearing an associate pastor use the F word to get people’s attention. I don’t like being told that I can refuse service to someone because they are a same sex couple. I don’t like being told how to treat people when I don’t agree with their decisions.
Being judgmental about people’s life decisions is not my place. Judging people’s bad dye jobs and clothing decisions, that’s another story.
By all accounts, Jesus was a lover. He embraced robbers, murderers, and prostitutes. He took the broken, the downtrodden people who crossed his path, and he loved them. Not only did he love them, but he served them.
Read that last part again. He served them.
He didn’t shun them, he served them.
Whether or not you believe that being gay is a choice or a sin, it is not your place to judge or persecute. Jesus loved, he was kind, he was a servant of men. That is why he was so sought after. Those qualities are the very qualities that drew people to him.
Sure, Jesus had his moments. Some people call this righteous anger. He became angry when merchants were disrespecting the house of his father. He made his anger known in a big, table-flipping way. Denying someone a seat at your table because of their life choices is not righteous anger. It is judgment.
Anger, judgment, resentment, persecution, drive people away. How can we, as Christians, show the true love of Jesus if we are turning people away? Didn’t Jesus leave us asking us to spread the good news? Is there some clause I’m unaware of wherein Jesus said, “spread the good news, but not to the people whose choices offend you!”?
My views as a Christian may not be popular among other Christians. I believe, whether or not we attend church every Sunday or spirit groups every week, matters not. What matters is how we treat other people, the intentions behind our actions, and whether or not we truly love our neighbors.
How dare the government pass off this damning “religious freedom” law in the name of religious freedom? There is no freedom in this law, only persecution.
As a small business owner and a Christian, I will forevermore continue to deny my services only to assholes. My doors are, and will continue to be open, to everyone else. And I will love you and serve you to the best of my abilities no matter what you believe in.