Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Darker Side of Chrsitianity Part 2

This last week I had the opportunity to share how I really felt about a few things. I decided to place an excerpt of that on the blog...

Although I love GOD I have a hard time loving other Christians. Actually I really dislike a lot of Christians. (now, this is a huge statement of admission because how could a pastor say that!!??? I just did, and if you were honest with yourself you would say the same thing!)

I wish I could tell you that I like a lot of Christians, but that would be a lie…because I don’t. To be honest with you, I would rather hang out with fouled mouth, beer drinking, rock listen, woman chasing heathen, than I would a self righteous, hyper critical, narrow minded holier than thou so called “Christian.”

There are a few reasons why I said what I said and to get the full context you will need to listen to the podcast. I went so far as to categorize the type of Christians that drive me crazy. But for the purposes of this blog I want to focus on one type; The Anonymous Christian.

It is the Anonymous Christian who loves to send letters, emails, and even post on the internet behind a veil. These people tend point out fault and error and usually criticize other believers (and believers they have never talked with in person) and they hide behind the veil of anonymity.

So here it is…Shame on those who cannot be honest and place a name to a letter, an email or a post. Shame on those who deceive people and use false names or no names and call themselves Christians and criticize other believers.

Scripture is full of references about speaking truthfully to one another. Read your Bible!

Psalm 52:3 You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Selah

Proverbs 16:13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

(Now, let me say that there is room for anonymity when it comes to people sharing personal details about themselves, like on this blog. This is NOT what I am railing against!)



DSW said...

I am fully okay with letting you know who I am when I say that I, not you, am the poster child for God's greatest invention... sex.

Feel free to call me whenever you need some advice.


RosalieG said...

My advice is to not waste energy on those that don't "get it" or who are in another realm.

God knows why we do what we do. Actually for those of us abiding with him, it is a plan put in us from him so who should be argueing with that?

God's opinion is the only one we need to listen to.

Keep on the path, moving forward.

Anonymous said...

I rebuke you just because. :P

DSW said...

This is no trite issue. Our world has moved towards a method of communication that at first removed eye contact, phones/cell phones - then to e-mail/instant messenging systems resulting in the absence of voice tone and expression.. in fact that phase of human communication created icons to do our communicating for us see smiley :) see the sexual animations on my msn etc. The blogging world furthermore has completely removed personality i.e. anonymous posts.

Perhaps its not necessarily shame on those who act this way but shame on the rest of us for not setting a standard higher than this communicative lapse we find ourselves in. Indeed the Bible reveals much to do about honesty and truth, even at the very beginning of the big book when "someone blames someone for the fruit picking incident". Have we failed in our Christian lifestyle to set the standard for living in a community of relationships meaningfully sharing eye contact, tactile touch, smiles, tears, anger, rage... maybe its not the anonymous Christians fault. I mean really, historically speaking the church has been a little bitch about keeping secrets and not judging those who did speak the dirty little secrets of their life. And we've also been really bad at handling criticism - in fact we liked to kill people for it.

Hugs and kisses mate.

SoulPastor said...

Great responses people!

Anonymous said...

I was momentarily quite proud of myself at one point during the life lesson last week. I even leaned over and proudly whispered to the person next to me - "Beer drinking, foul mouthed, woman chasing? Hey, two out of three ain't bad!"

I trust I fall into the category for permissible anonymity?

SoulPastor said...

This, as you can see, has been granted!