posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 05:59 AM
Here's the deal: People suck. They always have sucked and they always will suck. Doesn't matter if you believe in Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Jainism,
Buddhism, Witchcraft, Christianity, or even nothing. All people suck and are often motivated by selfish motives to manipulate others around them.
In my experience Christianity is filled with tons of non-Christians. They're usually broken down into a few different categories:
1. Christmas and Easter Christians
2. People who want to be seen in church
3. People who go to church simply because they were born into it
There are other types, but those are the primary groups that I've taken note of. That last group can be especially terrifying. They usually belittle
others because "my great great grandaddy built this church blah blah blah". They tend to take over meetings and shun outsiders. The ones who want to
be seen often join in with this group to keep the "filth" out of the church—such as the homosexuals, Wiccans, poor, etc. Those people tend to ruin
everything. The Christmas, Easter, and "random" Christians are the filler. They usually keep a low profile and don't get too involved.
Here's the difference: in some churches there are actually a core group of true Christians. I mean, these people are often very selfless and do
whatever they can to help other people, regardless of that person's affiliation. So what does it mean to be a true Christian? It's easy.
IT'S ALL ABOUT LOVE. You just follow what Jesus taught and leave out all the crap from this world. Receive the love from God, who gave us the free
will to reject or accept Him. Show love towards all fellow men always. If everyone opened up to this universal love from God, and shared love towards
all fellow man, then the world as we know it would come crashing down and everyone would have everything that they need. That's all REAL Christianity
is about. Only love, and understanding that love is a two way street. All people are open to the free love from God, but a true sign that you're a
Christian is when you're bursting with that love for everyone around you. I hope that everyone here has the opportunity to meet someone like that
during their life. You know it when you see it, and it has the power to change you forever. It changed me. The struggle is that I'm human, and so I
suck. What makes me suck less is having faith that God loves me, God empowers me to love others, and that I do love others. Sure, some days it's more
of a struggle to stay focused on that message, but I have faith that brings me through the tough times. But even so, I'm not perfect—far from
So here's the final deal. I don't think it's appropriate for me to judge others, but it's pretty obvious that many Christians out there really
aren't, well, Christian. They have the Christian culture, but don't have a love relationship with God that empowers them to love others
Agape—unconditionally. So if there's anything you can take away from my message it's this: there are lots of phony Christians running around out
there ruining the good name of Christ. It's gotten so bad that I feel like we should change our name. I suppose that's why there are so many sects
of Christianity. The true Christians keep having to break away from the phonies (I know that's not true in many cases but food for thought).
For those of you who doubt that I know what I'm talking about, a church "deacon" once threatened to kill me during a mission trip. That church was
seething with phonies—deep family roots and those who have an image to uphold. I spent many years bouncing between different churches. One of the
ones I visited even got all cultish on me, with members who started shadowing me. There was even a car chase involved after I exposed their lies. Even
went on a trip once where the youth pastor's pastor friend molested some girls. So I've seen just about all the phony filth, lies, and
corruption—and the ensuing coverups. From my experience it happens more than it doesn't in many churches. But I kept my faith because I'm a true
Christian. Call me ignorant all you want, but that's what I am. I love you, and I even love all those people who screwed me over. And I even told
them so, and they scoffed at me. But luckily for me I found a wonderful church. I'd say that most everyone there are true Christians, and the random
fill that you get at any Church is still there, but I see a much higher conversion rate due to not just hearing the good news, but by all the people
there leading by example, accepting anyone and everyone, and showing them the love that God showed them first. In a time where many churches are
losing members, we're growing. And we do a TON in our local community, especially helping local poor school children with clothing, food, and other
supplies. Our pastor has a modest home at best, and doesn't drive a Cadillac like the pastor at my old, corrupt church.
Anyway—just remember this: Love others and God will hold you in His hand. Promise.