by JC PORTIS
Before we get to the guts of this, I need to state three important facts. I am a Christian with no denomination. I feel following the words of the bible is the way to heaven. I am a sinner. I’m not perfect, I’ll never say I’m perfect, and I never strive to be perfect. That’s not my purpose; that’s not any of our purposes in life. This entire article is about my beliefs and my opinions. You are entitled to your own opinion and to not read this at all, but I would highly appreciate it if you would read this.
In the past few years, the concept of believing of God has slowly diminished from society, especially in our generation, whether this be from the people just losing faith in a higher power, or radical Christians who attempt to slander, hurt, or bash other people’s beliefs. It’s been this same cycle for so long that it seems as if the true work that the Bible teaches has been altered in the minds of our fellow man into believing the words on the page mean totally different things.
For instance. The biggest issue is the following of the golden rule.
Matthew 7:12, New International Version (NIV):
12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
The most basic philosophy of life. “Don’t mess with me, and I won’t mess with you.” Constantly people bash other people’s faith, race, and sexual orientation. And then we as a society are offended when the same is done to us.
Another thing that is often lost to most Christians is the rule of loving everyone.
John 13:34-35, New International Version (NIV):
34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
The Bible tells believers to love everybody, but it wasn’t until the 1950s and 1960s that we finally started to respect African Americans. We struggle with that today. So many Christians want to totally eradicate any person who doesn’t say they are a heterosexual, yet the Bible says we should love everyone. I can honestly say that I am ashamed of my community, but I can also say I am not ashamed of my God. I see this as a grouping of people who could be at war with one another based on words alone. We are so easy to judge and to say ill of others when they’re probably doing the same to us. It’s ridiculous. Whether you believe in God or not, there has to be some part of you who’d rather be loved than hated by the world. So it’s up to you to love the world rather than hate it.
As a society, we have a never ending battle of differences between our fellow man, whether it be over religion, race, gender, or sexual orientation. We constantly struggle to respect and love one another. I struggle daily not to get jealous if someone has something that I don’t. I struggle respecting people I don’t really like. But I can say I love them, even if they don’t love me. I love and care, just as we were told to love and care. I try not to judge, because I wouldn’t want anyone judging me, and there’s only one person I want to ever judge me: God. So I often people hear others saying people are going to hell, yet they don’t evaluate their own lives.
All these radical faith-driven people often lose sight of our purpose and end up being the people who causes tension. They don’t take time to talk to people before condemning them. Not even letting their voices be heard. It’s human nature to think you’re right, but claim you’re right based on a Bible that you don’t follow is kind of pointless. I’m not a radical Christian. I’m not perfect, and I’ll never claim to be. I’ll never expect you to be either.