posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 01:35 AM
In my humble opinion, many Christians make a difficult situation worse by exhibiting a double standard. I am personally what would likely be described
as deeply religious, which to me means Christian. However, I am well aware that there are a lot of people who assert the descriptor “religious” to
mean Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Baptist, etc. Also, there seems to be more than a thread of truth to the opinion that whatever your belief, wearing
a denominational badge on your back can be more harmful than beneficial.
I teach my kids to live an example, encourage others they encounter and care about when the opportunity presents itself, but be aware of the line in
the sand that runs them away. I respect anyone’s decision to not accept Christianity. Again, as one myself I would be ecstatic if everyone in the
world agreed with me, but that is not the real world. Anyone can say no to Jesus, to God, Mohammed, Buddha, and in fact everyone does say no to all
the others that aren’t included in their personal zeitgeist. An atheist is entitled to his/her personal decision, and though I would love to somehow
get them to believe as I do, I do not want to be guilty of creating the immovable mindset by trying to force the issue.
On point, of course sin is sin and I do not have the will or the authority to judge. Kill people or be gay? I can’t see a level comparison but I
will not participate in either. I should also say I have some very good friends who are gay. I may not agree with the lifestyle, but I can guarantee
there are things in my life they don’t care about. Killing is a completely different discussion, but it has been pointed out that even that is
prevalent in the Bible. The op made a valid observation by mentioning a major distinction by the inclusion of one and the exclusion of another in the
commandments. Still, I was taught that sin is sin, and I would have no reliable reference point from which to assign degrees to the multitude of
culturally and/or biblically accepted wrongdoing.
Then there is also the problem as described recently in the media where a “pastor” stiffed his waiter or waitress and condescendingly wrote
something to the effect that if he gave God 10%, then why give a waiter 18%?
Here is where the double standard rears its ugly head at the highest level. Prejudice is NOT Christianity, and arrogance and bullying has no real
standing in the way I understand the bible. You can bet its in there, but as warning, not instruction. My life is an excellent example of do what I
say, not what I do and I have made almost all the mistakes out there to make. So I choose to accept the good with the bad, try not to judge, allow
differing opinions when I want to judge, and hopefully others will see why I believe in God so wholeheartedly by how much He does for me.
I am tempted to write a book here, so I would like to leave it with one more point. Ever see someone in a restaurant making a display of saying grace
before a meal, and later hearing words coming from their mouths that sailors would have to look up, or they become belligerent with their server, or
some other unflattering behavior? How can this NOT prejudice others against his belief? Is it not the same with other things such as racism? If I am
causation, black, or any other background and heritage, you can bet there are plenty of people out there claiming to represent my interests who
absolutely do not. The most realistic result when these people begin their rampages is more, not less division.
Hopefully I have made some sense. I am very tired from a very exhausting several weeks, but I did want to say that to me, God has provided. If you
disagree, that is your decision, but my family has experienced a great many positive and surprising things during this difficult time, and I just
don’t think I or we could have done it without His guidance and help. I wanted to share, that’s all, and of course let the op know there are a lot
of us out here who agree.