I was involved in this type of movement from 1974 - 1980. Thankfully I lived through it, abandoned it, and came out the other side a much more spiritually grounded person in in my Christian faith. Jesus said "My Kingdom is not of this world." His message was not one of right wing evangelical world domination but rather one of love, grace and forgiveness. Most of his ministry was spent criticizing the most religious people of his day, or healing the sick and telling at least one rich person "to sell everything he had and give it to the poor."
I may not be the most scholarly person, but it's so hard for me to reconcile the ranting and ravings of evangelicals like this with Jesus. He did not instill fear in people. Multitudes were drawn to him. Even children. His disciples tried to discourage them from piling on Jesus's lap. Can you imagine any 3 and 4 year-old child today leaping at the opportunity to hang out with a finger-wagging raging evangelist?
To me it's sad that what I believe to be the true message of Jesus and the ministry of reconciliation to God through the grace of Jesus Christ has been hijacked. Thankfully there are many Christians who do not embrace the doctrine of hate and intolerance but rather identify themselves with Christ who said that people would know we were Christians by our love, and to love your enemies, bless them that persecute you and pray for them that despitefully use you. That's a hard pill for many evangelicals to swallow. Better to bomb the middle east than pray for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
I may be the worst Christian in the world by some people's standards, but I know God loves and accepts me as I am. Faults and all. I am a Christian. Full of faith because you can never trust God beyond the level that you know you are loved by him. God never forced me to do anything. I had a choice. I must respect peoples choices and freedom to believe, not believe, love someone, no matter who they are, and their right to personal happiness. Jesus said if you seek you shall find. I don't think an atheist is going to seek Jesus when he or she doesn't have to go very far to find this brand of Christianity that would rather see all the sinner-type people Jesus used to hang out with burn in a fiery hell than open a church door and let God be God in their lives too.
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