Ignorant Voices in Christianity
"Do NOT judge, so that you may not be judged." -- Matthew 7:1
Is anyone else alarmed by the number of belligerent voices in Christianity today? I know we've always had our loud-mouths(ah hem, Augustine), but with expanding media, it seems like every preacher, television evangelist (whatever that means), and proponent of some weird version of fundamentalist Christianity is getting far too much attention. Is this the message of Jesus? Don't get me wrong, I'm trying not to judge these people, but I'll admit, it's hard. It's hard to see the beautiful message of Jesus get slandered by people who have no idea what it means.
I tend to be a bit sharp-mouthed myself, so I really have to watch it, but really, people, what's going on? This is meant to be a internal (Christian) critique: WAKE UP AND RE-READ THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT (Matthew 5-7). It's high time to reclaim the message of Jesus and not what pop-Christianity has turned into. Jesus is a man of love, compassion, and forgiveness - not hell-fire, judgment, and damnation. Jesus loved those around him so much that he was willing to die a criminal's death. Jesus' resurrection is that which gives us hope today and for all time. The resurrection does not give us the right to determine an "in-group" and an "out-group." The resurrection does not give us the right to judge, condemn, and terrorize others. The resurrection gives us the medium by which to spread love and forgiveness in a world where concepts like love and forgiveness are almost completely dissolved of meaning. We Christians must join together to reclaim the gospel by not supporting those who purposely distort it.