Here’s a great post a read not too long ago from one of the blogs I follow called “Living the Kingdom.” This was a striking piece for me as it seemed to hit very close to home and greatly mirrors not only much of my own thoughts and feelings on the subject of religious institutions and particularly Christianity but, is also very similar to the writings and reflections of my own work, especially in pieces I’ve written such as such as “Religionless?” and “Authentic Christianity?” both of which are written as polemical reflections of the origins and current state of Christianity. Also, on similar grounds are two posts I wrote regarding the observance of Pentecost in the Christian liturgical calender, where I seek to sketch out historical degradation of the degradation of the early Christian movement. You can find them here and here. Enjoy!
Being a good Christian sounds nice. But to me, it is trying to feed the ego so that I can feel better about myself. It is trying to build up churches, ministries, fellowship, etc. in order to serve the self. It is worshiping pastors, doctrines, denominations, and convenient interpretation of Bible verses, not serving others like Jesus taught us. It is not even about Jesus or God, it is simply about the self.
Being a good Christian is looking for “salvation,” waiting to go “up there” in heaven, or hoping to have some miraculous revelation from God. Not being a good Christian, on the other hand, would be to stop looking, and simply being. It means to stop following the church, and start following Jesus. Now, my personal experience of being is to embrace what I have learned is good and practice it everyday. It is not to do what…
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