Don’t you know that all kinds if things can put your eternal resting place at stake? It’s no longer enough that one come to God, oh no. One must be so many things to be Christian. I don’t know if it’s an expression or if it’s serious, and that pains me greatly, but let’s stop asking if one can be Christian and:
Vote for the wrong candidate.
I see so many posts that ask ‘can you be Christian and vote for so and so“. What? So now my salvation depends on who I vote for? You’ve got to be kidding me. I want to blame Fox News for this mentality, but people are, or at the very least, should be in control of their own minds. We’ve let politics co-opt not only our church, and our language, but now even our salvation? This is completely redonkulous! How dare you threaten people (yes, threaten) on this level. Not only does picking the right candidate for your country’s, state’s or county’s best interest determine how your life may be, but now it also can put into questions one’s eternal destination? Knock it off!
Your body is the temple of God. You can’t defile it with a tattoo and be Christian right? It’s interesting that that only applies when it suits the need of the church. Why aren’t we condemning over-eating? Lack of exercising? Bad posture? Plastic surgery? I think that the church judges people so quickly off of appearances. They concern themselves with their Sunday best and the semantics of modesty and believe that to have a tattoo is testifying your ungodliness at first glance.
I was reading on Yahoo answers a question a young man had. He asked if you could be gay and be Christian, because he had accepted Jesus and dedicated his life to God and they homosexual tendency didn’t disappear. Someone responded that he didn’t do it right. If he would only try again and mean it, then his life would follow. He would know that he truly accepted Christ when he was no longer gay. Another person wrote that if he wanted to go to heaven “he should get a wife.” Yes, because that’s what my Bible says….
It may seem redundant but this is my least favorite, because it makes no sense to me. We can’t vote for someone who supports abortion even though they’ll not change a dang thing. But we don’t have to worry about putting an end to death in wars we entered on false pretenses. We don’t have to concern ourselves with the people who die because they can’t afford medical care, after all, we can’t be handing out freebies. All of those deaths and other things that are basic Christ-like values are over-ruled by someone who uses abortion as a pawn to trap the elusive evangelical voting base.
“A drop up here isn’t worth an eternity down there.” How one guy described his legalistic church’s thoughts on alcohol. It’s interesting isn’t that many churches condemn any drinking, but Christ turned water into wine at a wedding. The legalistic church have solved this quandary by saying that wine wasn’t fermented the way it is now and thus, didn’t make them drunk. Why? Why are we struggling to qualify this tiny thing?
Sadly and wonderfully you can do all kinds of things and be a Christian. You can even be a hateful shrew and be Christian. It doesn’t mean that God approves of everything you do, and it doesn’t mean you are suddenly perfect. Let’s stop elevating things to this level, especially politics. We don’t need to give so much power to politics and to politicians to say that your eternal security rests on who you pick to run the country. That’s reducing God to partisan hack. Knock it off.