Last night I was an idiot. I was at a braai for a friend’s birthday party. This friend of mine is a Christian and the majority of people there, if not all, were Christians. I saw a lady light up a cigarette and I thought to myself, obviously she is one of the non-Christian friends who are here. Then I thought to myself, I am such an idiot. I was contemplating this matter while out cycling this morning and realized the reason for my thinking. My type of Christianity has always been about do’s and don’t. About rules. About sounding a certain way and having a certain look. I think that’s what Christianity has become today. If you love God, you won’t do this that and the other.
We’ve become a people of the bible says this and the bible says that and we’ve forgotten, the one who wrote the bible lives inside of us, today. Recently a once popular Christian singer Jennifer Knapp has confessed to being in a same sex relationship. Most Christian’s I would talk to about this would tell me what the bible says. The truth of the matter is, unless we’ve gone through something she is going through, we can’t begin to experience or understand what she’s going through. I think all we should do is say Jen we love you, we love that you love the Father, we hope your new album is going to be as awesome as the ones before. In fact we know it will be, if you need anything we are here for you. Unconditionally. Having said that it’s easier said than done.
My point is Christianity should not have a look. It should not be “stop sleeping with your girlfriend then come to church and meet Jesus”. It should be ,“let me introduce you to this amazing Jesus as you are, you’ll become a part of his bride and you’ll live in amazing relationship with him no matter what that means for you”. For too long we’ve been managing sin. There is nothing we can do to stop our sin. When we start living in love with God and comfortable with our wrong doings do we stop being arrogant Christians. The more I stopped doing the things I thought I should not be doing, the better Christian I thought I was. What kind of a messed up thinking is that? God told me to stop being religious, to stop worshipping him through other people who seem way more important and to invite him along on more of my bicycle rides.