Since yesterday was Easter I figured now would be the perfect time to post this article (sarcasm inserted) which I know will be viewed by some as slander. These same people will also make many assumptions about me, so before I began I would like to point out that this isn’t an attack on all Christians or Christianity itself. What I am going to share is my familiarity with many “so called” Christians as well as my own past experience of being a Christian. I really have no grudge against the Christian religion, as a matter of fact; I think it has many sound teachings that help millions worldwide. Furthermore, there are many biblical passages that I have quoted here on this blog that I personally adhere to in my life, even after walking away from Christianity altogether.
So what is with the title of this post? Am I just a bitter man who dislikes all Christians? Allow me to elaborate, you might even agree. The issue I do have is with those believers who openly confess to being Christians yet live a life that is severely lacking of the biblical standards they claim to adamantly adhere to. I’ve been witness to countless attacks of character judgment upon non believers by those of the church. Yet these same admonishers are in no way innocent of the same accusations they verbally spew. Whenever I find myself in the crosshairs of one of these hypocritical Christians I can’t help but to be reminded of what Jesus is quoted as saying in Matthew 7:5:
You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
What I find to be absolutely baffling is how a non-Christian can understand this simple concept, yet there are people who attend church every Sunday who fail to comprehend its meaning. How can people who claim to be filled with God’s spirit, profess their love for all, and constantly ask for forgiveness from their “God” be the first to judge those who they feel are lacking in some way? When these same Christians’ savior, Jesus, was asked which commandment was the greatest he replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:36-40). If the two most important things to remember are to love God and your neighbor, how is that so many followers fail to do both? Maybe I’m just not getting it, or I just don’t fully understand the bible, but isn’t love one of the key attributes the Christian God supposedly has? If this is true, then can someone please tell me why love is so hard for so many Christians to fully comprehend?
When I used to be associated with certain religions within Christianity I often would read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 to get a better understanding of what love meant. I’m not going to quote the entire scripture, but I would like to point out an important passage that has stuck with me, even after my exodus from religion.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
This simple verse shows us what Christians are supposed to strive for when displaying qualities of love. I realize that no one is perfect and I myself have to admit that there were times when I was a Christian that I failed miserably when trying to display these characteristics. Nevertheless, even though I had some setbacks I still did my best not to live a lie. I understood that I couldn’t claim to love yet constantly point out wrongdoings by others. Ironically, it wasn’t until I completely departed ways with Christianity that my temptation to judge others subsided. Now I won’t lie, I still have times when someone can irritate or anger me which usually invokes my criticism of one or several of their flaws. Typically my judgment is reactive in nature, not proactive as with many Christians these days.
The point being, generally speaking, is I have found that more non-Christians display qualities of true love when it comes to their fellow man than actual Christians. These self professed Christians might as well sleep in every Sunday because something just isn’t sinking in during Sunday service. Perhaps I’m being too harsh, after all this entire post could be construed as nothing more than a hasty judgment against an entire group of people. If I am telling Christians not to be judgmental am I being a hypocrite by calling them out on their obvious failure to apply simple bible principles? But then again, I don’t prescribe to any religious doctrine nor do I live my life according a certain set of teachings. If I did and failed to comply with those teachings then you most assuredly could call me a hypocrite. I also find it astonishing that these Christians are so quick to point out that hell is waiting for all of us unbelievers, but yet they continually live a lie without any repercussions.
I’ve debated for a while now whether or not to write this post. I didn’t want to come across as hostile and resentful towards Christians because I know that not every Christian is a hypocrite. I have met many wonderful, humble and kind hearted people during my stints with different religions of Christianity; unfortunately, as the saying goes, “one bad apple can ruin the whole bunch.” I hope that anyone reading this post, both Christians and non-Christians, understands that hypocritical behavior can be an affliction to more than just an individual; it can tarnish the reputations of entire groups of people. So for any Christian who may have attended Easter services yesterday and got that warm fuzzy feeling as the preacher delivered the sermon, remember if you are going to proclaim a certain lifestyle you should be more mindful of your criticizing behavior.