[thechat] That old time religion

Michele Wandrei michele at inthree.com
Thu May 24 23:21:10 CDT 2001

This has been a fascinating thread.  I have been following this discussion
with great interest, but I haven't had the opportunity to reply until now.
Forgive me for jumping in at this late hour, but I'd like to respond to the
following comments:

> "Christian" territory was conquered by warriors "acting in the name of God"
> and forcing their religion on others (sounds the Moral Minority) and not by
> people saying "Hmm you know this way of belief IS better than what I have
> now".

>If Christianity is so great, why are "Christians" such jerks?

It is easy to call myself a Christian, but it is not as easy to truly LIVE as
a Christian.  The problem arises when Christians (myself included) focus on
ourselves.  The world does not revolve around me.

I'm a 40-ish ELCA Lutheran (those liberal Lutherans), Council President and
self-appointed "change agent" of a small congregation.  Over the years I have
learned that conflicts arise (and sometimes wars start) because of the "me"
focus.  I have a strong faith.  God has blessed me with many gifts and worked
many miracles in my life.  It would be wonderful if everyone could experience
the joy and strength that my Lord has granted me.  I will share my faith with
those who are willing to hear.  I cannot force my faith on anyone, and many
will view my faith as a weakness or even as laughable.  That's okay.

Many "Christians" truly believe that they possess the "one true faith" and
feel called to make sure that the rest of the world believes as they do.  We
are not called to judge one another and bring others into line with our
beliefs.  We are called to love one another.  Jesus ate with sinners.  He met
people on the road, wherever they were (or are) in their lives.  We are called
to do the same.  Instead of yelling at people on a street corner (Repent!), I
prefer to live my life as a witness to God.

Yes, many Christians can be jerks.  But if we truly focus on Christ, rather
than on ourselves, it wouldn't be that way.

Thanks for allowing me to jump in.

In His service,
Michele Wandrei
inThree Design

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