But I guess that’s what happens when you spend a few years in a Baptist cult.
I’m sorry that so many have suffered in the name of a man who had nothing but love for all people. He taught a better way to live, but he also met people where they were. He accepted those deemed “unacceptable” and loved them regardless of if they were “good” or “bad” people. He even died so that no one would need to face condemnation again. He did that out of love.
As someone who calls myself a follower of him, I believe Christians are called to the same behavior.
1. Love EVERYONE, without condition.
2. Befriend even those who would seem to oppose everything you are. (Aka. “Love your enemies” He did this by showing respect for them, and by hanging out with them talking about life, not rules.)
3. Seek out the social outcasts, the marginalized, the wronged, those crushed by the majority and show them some serious love and acceptance.
4. If necessary, die for people. Take a bullet, or sometimes harder, take an insult or rejection by others in the name of loving other people.
The Christian life isn’t about a moral code. It’s about teaching love and respect of human beings as creatures who are reflections of a loving, living God. Everything Jesus was can be summed up: “love God, love people”
There are A LOT of Christians who haven’t fully grasped this yet, or who only practice it with each other, or one day a week, or only on major holidays. We are also human, and while I try to live by the code above, I too am a work in progress.
It might be tempting for some to say #notallchristians. But the reality is that ALL people, at some point, have come face to face with the ugliest side of human nature disguised as righteousness. And it sucks. And there’s no excuse for that.