This post is from a guest writer. My name is J.
I was asked to do a posting for Adrienne (the warrioress) on this blog and so I have.
We’ve all seen the stereotypical, Sunday morning Christian; I sure have. In my solemn opinion, there are two categories Christians fall into: Fake Christians, and real ones (like Jesus Christ). Let me make this simple and brief. I will separate the qualities and actions these two types exhibit.
-Full of hate!
-Ready to jump at and blame others because of different opinions and/or beliefs.
-They pretend to like you, at first, but then stab you in the back immediately (extreme gossipers).
-Can’t stand same sex love or marriage, the poor getting subsidies/healthcare, etc.
-A part of a clique. Different, or “real” Christians are shunned from this clique/cult.
-They MUST always be “right”. They are too nonsensical to have an open mind.
-They can’t wait to judge others different from them (whether that be a tattooed person, gay, promiscuous, different religion: Atheist, Muslim, etc.)
-Extremely prejudice, and I hate to say, ignorance. For example, “I.S.I.S. are terrorists! All Muslims are ‘disgusting’ and ‘crazy’! Avoid them all! They are NOT welcome in America!” That is the most idiotic nonsense I’ve ever heard in my lifetime. Just because a group of Muslims are radical, doesn’t mean EVERY Muslim on this planet is crazy and terrifying. What about what we have done to other people? Treating the African Americans poorly (slavery), The Trail of Tears (torturing the Indians, making them move from THEIR land, making them SUFFER). Does that also mean that all Christians are bad and evil? NO! An open mind is needed, no one-sided thinking.
-Attend church every Sunday like a good Christian does, or you are “not a real Christian”.
-You MUST get baptized and repent, otherwise you’re not a real Christian. A focus on doctrine to the exclusion of behavior, morality, etc.
Enough of that. Here’s the Christ-like category.
Real (Christ-like) Christian:
-Gives out nothing but love.
-Open-minded, never trying to have the last laugh in a debate or argument, whether it be political or religious.
-Doesn’t have to agree with same sex love/marriage, but does NOT hate and bash gays for their choices.
-Spreading the real message of Jesus and God. “The Good News.” “Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for our sins”.. ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’. There is no other commandment greater than these.”~Mark 12:31 And then there’s that classic “You reap what you sow” verse from Galatians 6:7. The verse “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” basically means treat others how you want to be treated. This also relates to “You reap what you sow”, because what you put out there, is what you’ll receive .
-Willing to help others get closer to God, in a loving way. Instead of shaming and shunning others who are different, they want to help them, and to get the word across. Jesus befriended fishermen, thieves, prostitutes, and brought them closer to God, instead of blocking them out and judging them.
-Not judgmental, but understanding.
-A church is a place for Christians to go and worship God together, as one, one neighbor to another, with love and shared prosperity, not hate and judging. That means someone who looks homeless can go to church and not be judged. Someone provocatively dressed will not be hated on. People with tattoos up and down the arms fit in just as well. A person with Democratic views is just as welcome as one with Conservative views.
These are the differences between a fake and real Christian, in my opinion. I hope some of you can take my advice. May everyone have a good day and God bless. <3