What It Feels Like

I’m a Christian.

I don’t force my beliefs on others. Rather, I enjoy time with people who think differently. But, society doesn’t seem to accept that.

I’m a Christian.

Churchianity hates me if I don’t hate those tho disagree with me. Others who hate Christianity hate me if I believe that ideas like black, white, red, and plaid can be defined.

I’m a Christian.

I have friends who are homosexual. They know I don’t agree with them and they remain my friends. Is this not allowed? Must we agree prior to friendship?

I’m a Christian.

I join the two million and increasing number of Christians, about half of them in Asia, who find that the single greatest thing they did to grow closer to Jesus Christ was to make Jesus their only pastor and abandon clergy. Western Churchianity persecuted them, slandered them, so the Chinese Communists imprisoned them and killed them. After decades, some in the Western Church apologized to them, but what will the rest of Churchianity do to me?

I’m a Christian.

I don’t want to pray in a government school because I don’t think secular government is big enough for my Jesus. But I want Christians and non-Christians to be able to pray or not pray in the schools of their government if they want. Will I be hated by everyone if I love everyone?

I’m a Christian.

I don’t like war, but I know that ostriches would have us shove our heads in the sand and call it “foreign policy”. Peace will only come when Christ returns. So, I want us to survive long enough to fulfill the Great Commission and see His coming. Does that make me a war monger or a peace-minded hippy? It depends on who you ask, I suppose.

I’m a Christian.

I don’t fit in a box, but I don’t mind using boxes when they are convenient. Boxes help with all sorts of things… shoes, matches, paper clips, iPhones, coffee mugs, makeup, text books, and socks. But it’s hard to live in them. I’ve tried. Is it alright, anyone, if I use boxes only SOME of the time, but not all of the time? Or will that make me everyone’s enemy?

I’m a Christian.

I don’t want to oppress those who oppose me. I see the difference between sinner and sin. So, why do I draw both enemy fire and friendly fire? Does my love for justice and fairness for everyone make me the enemy of everyone? Am I expected to only give justice to those whom I favor and do harm to those who have nothing I want?

I’m a Christian.

I think I’m done with establishments. If you can walk away from it, attend it, take a membership in it, or mail a letter to it… or give money to it… then it can’t be THE Church.┬áThat local Christian congregation may be wonderful, it may be terrible, but GOD’S CHURCH is INVISIBLE.

I’m a Christian.

I don’t want to hear Christians talk about a government for future generations BEFORE Jesus returns. The earth can’t be made perfect by the US Constitution, but the US Constitution might keep Satan busy long enough so we can tell world about THE REAL Jesus and then He’ll return. When He gets back, Jesus will make the world that my grandchildren’s grandchildren can live in… and I won’t have to fight the final world war because He will fight it for me.

I’m a Christian.

I want to be just like Jesus. Maybe they’ll crucify me like they did him. That’s what happens when you serve a kingdom people can see and ignore the one that everyone only wants to see.

I’m a Christian.

Maybe you can be one too. But be careful. You’ll have as many enemies as I do. Maybe more. But, in my opinion, it’s worth it. Life makes more sense when you try to reflect ideas that most people can’t see. Ya know, I think it would be great if not so many people couldn’t see those ideas. Clear thinking, it seems, is a commodity. But I’d like to change all that. You can help if you want. Then, perhaps, you’d know what it feels like.

I’m a Christian.