Who taught Patricia this kind of warped thinking? Did she consider murderous terrorist groups and decide this is how “religious” people think? (I’m a Christian, but I’m absolutely not “religious” and this essay reveals why: http://wp.me/p2wzRb-cP.)
Did she encounter some religious people who, sadly, DO hate gay people and people of other faiths and figure this is standard thinking for spiritual people?
Since encountering this graphic, I’ve racked my brain to think of all the Christians I’ve met who hate gays or people of other faiths. I can’t come up with a single person. And when I do encounter these misguided people, I’ll remind them of these passages from the Bible:
- Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love (from a section of the Bible called ‘1 John’).
- God loved the world so much [and that means EVERY PERSON in it] that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost. but have eternal life (from ‘John’).
- God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him (also from 1 John).
Serious Christians take the Bible seriously. And I take these passages seriously. They tell me that Jesus Christ (whom Christians believe is God’s son) came for ALL people — gay or straight, Christian or Muslim or Atheist or Buddhist, criminal or Nobel prize winner, male or female, young or old. No exceptions. Ever.
This is one of the reasons I decided in my 40s to follow Jesus Christ and trust in what he did for everyone who believes in Him. He died on a Roman cross to make up for ALL the wrong things I’ve done and ALL the right things I’ve failed to do. He made up for all the times when, despite my best efforts, I end up living as if there is no loving creator who wants to be part of my life.
I also follow Jesus because I know that by doing so, I welcome Him into my heart, mind and soul to make me more like Him. That means hating ONLY the wrong things I’ve done and the right things I don’t do.
It also means I believe in what many people call the “Golden Rule”: Do for others what you want them to do for you (from a section of the Bible called ‘Luke’).
I want atheists and people of other faiths to respect me. So I darn well better respect them. When that exchange takes place, I get to tell them, like I’m telling you now, about my faith in Jesus and how He can change them (and you) for the better – for now and for all eternity.
What are your thoughts on this? Post a comment below and let’s have a conversation.