Christianity as a Weapon is Against the Teachings of Jesus
I consider myself to be a Christian. I fundamentally believe that which is written in the Bible, but I am unsure of the intent of many portions of the Bible. I believe there is much that is unknown to us as well. God told us all he wanted us to know, not all He knows. I believe in science and also that science and the Bible are not incompatible with each other. I have also become a very strong and extreme believer of the very far left politically. I find no conflict between my political and my religious beliefs.
Now that you know where I stand I want to make a very clear statement to both Christians and non-Christians. Religious beliefs should NEVER be used as a weapon against any person, for any reason, in order to condemn behavior or pronounce judgement. If you believe otherwise, please show me in the Bible where Jesus granted such behavior to mankind?
You can’t, because there is no passage in the New Testament that would support the belief that you can. Jesus brought peace and love, not hate and divisiveness. For a minute, think of yourself as one of the Jews in John 8, who stand behind an adulteress they brought to Jesus. They wanted the women to be judged and stoned, as was the Law of Moses. Jesus told the Jews that “he who is without sin among you, let him cast a stone first.” In the end the Jews departed and Jesus gave the women forgiveness and told her to sin no more.
Now, how many of you Christians have no sin? I certainly have sin and I ask Jesus for forgiveness for my sins. There is not one Christian who is without sin and there never will be. We are taught that we are all sinners and that only Jesus was without sin. What do you say now about your behaviors when using Christianity against another?
You, self-described Christian, have no moral right or authority to use your Christianity against another! To do so is a sin! Religious beliefs are private. They should be, for Christians, taking the teachings of Jesus and using them to live by and whatever sins you make are a private issue between you and Jesus. No one else.
If you want to judge someone, you should judge yourself only. Then, you can take your judgements to Jesus and ask forgiveness for judging yourself (along with any sins you need to be forgiven for). Only Jesus Christ has the righteousness to judge us and he will on our judgement day. Only Jesus Christ decides whether we will be allowed in Heaven or be sent to Hell for eternity.
So, the next time you run into a person you know to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community, do not preach at them and do not condemn them when it is not your place to do so. The next time you have contact with a drunkard, do not preach at them and do not condemn them when it is not your place to do so. The next time you have contact with someone who is committing adultery, do not preach at them and do not condemn them when it is not your place to do so. Getting the picture yet?
You should properly follow the teachings of Jesus. Bring love and peace to others and let our Lord Jesus handle the rest. Be a Christian of true moral standing, not a shell to hide your self-supposed superiority. Remember what Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.“
May God’s Blessings be upon you. Go in peace.
Until next time
4 thoughts on “Christians and Their “Sins””
Great post, yet again!! I wrote similarly about this issue, recently. I do worry that Christianity is facing collapse unless those within it move closer to the teachings of Jesus. Christianity was always meant to unite people on the belief that altruism is the key to happiness and a Holy life. I’m so glad to know people like you are fighting the good fight alongside me.
Thank you mockingbird. I get tired of seeing people use Christianity against another, especially when they should know better.
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I am not a religious person of any sort, but I am always surprised that Christians often lean to the right politically. I understand the problems christians would have with progressive ideas about abortion, contraceptives or euthanasia. Still, it would seem teachings of the bible are most compatible with leftist policies.
Left and right are two flavors that can both have progressive or conservative varieties. I guess the American system has been handicapped by the fact that there are only two flavors to choose from. Left has become synonymous to progressive, which I don’t think is actually right (no pun intendend).
I think that it’s more along the line that conservative Christians are willing to tell you they’re Christians while beating you over the head with their Christianity. I don’t believe using my faith against anyone and I believe Jesus is fine with that.My politics are way left of center – people will call socialist. Calling me that is okay by me, Jesus would approve too.