Thought for the Day:
“But I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to” Michael Jackson
Question for the Day:
Are you focused on Christ or Christianity?
Seeing as how this blog has not gained any traction, the odds of someone actually reading this post are already slim. Add to that the fact that I’ve chosen an image of a bible to introduce the post and made mention of Jesus in the first line will likely mean that it will be passed over quick, fast, and in a hurry. That’s okay. After all, what good is a free blog with minimal followers if you can’t use it to say whatever you want?
Anyway, I’m sure I’m not the only one who has noticed that Jesus seems to have become quite unpopular as of late. It’s getting more and more uncomfortable to call yourself a Christian. In general, Christians are seen as intellectually-stunted, closed-minded hypocrites, who hate everybody that’s not a Christian. Of course it doesn’t help our case when people like Sarah Palin and the idiots from Duck Dynasty call themselves representing. And us Black Christians are seen as the dumbest of all. We’re the blind conformists who foolishly fell for the White man’s religion. Real black people would never really be Christians if they knew the truth, right? Seems if you want to be considered smart, progressive, and even Black, you better not tell anyone you’re a Christian because you’ll surely lose cool points.
My truth is this. I have come to know Christ in a personal way. Though raised a Christian who was taught to follow certain rules of the faith, it wasn’t until a personal encounter with Him at a time when my faith hung in the balance, that I really understood who He was. Now, I won’t turn back. I am grateful to now know the difference between the Jesus Christ I know and serve and the skewed religious beliefs and practices that distort His mission and message to advance corrupt human agendas. It is unfortunate that many people are missing the beauty of a life with Christ because of the behavior of some Christians. Just because someone mismanages a treasure, doesn’t make the treasure less valuable. Jesus Christ is the most valuable treasure there ever was and He is worth searching for beneath the world’s filth. The Christ I serve does not hate. He is not a bigoted elitist. He is not greedy, self-serving or political. He is vastly different from the judgmental, right-wing Christians of today that like to make themselves the poster children for all that is righteous. I’m grateful to know that there are many Christians like me who serve Christ over Christianity. Personally, I don’t have a religion. I have a Savior.
“They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”
2 Timothy 3:5