Here’s a true Christianity in terms of people who really believe: Amish people.
Yeah the one’s who don’t have electricity and grow out beards and live in the 1700’s.
These people are so confident in their belief they even make their kids go into the world for a time and sin their little hearts out. They know that either the world is not what they want and their kids will come running back as secure as ever that being Amish is the way to go…or, the kids stay in the world, which is no sweat of their back. Because they don’t want to force their religion on anyone. They believe they have the truth and since they have the truth, they aren’t going to all mean-faced in a sermon about those who left.
They even would be happy if you came and visited them from time to time to enjoy their simplistic way of living. But don’t worry, you won’t convert them. They like how they live.
But religious Christians…like someApostolics are weird. Weirder than not having electricity. They do this one thing where they celebrate if they hear about a revival by another church of their denomination half a world away. Yet they don’t really seem all that mad if they themselves are not having a revival.
But it gets weirder man. Get this: The go up the wall in hostile rants when Apostolics leave the church or lose standards. They get really really mad if you leave them.
And I just want to ask these religious weirdo’s “why you so angry bro?” They say they have the full truth and everything…. And yet they take it personally when someone goes their own way. If they religious guys really have the full truth, isn’t it the backslider’s loss if they leave? And yet their shaky about everything when you leave. They hate you. They won’t say they hate you. But by all accounts, the red-faced sermons that weirdo’s give when you leave church is for all intensive purposes a hate writ large.
If you have the truth and believe you have the truth, there is no way you take someone leaving personally. You definitely don’t get angry. Maybe you cry for them and always try to extend your love towards them. Because you know you got the Real Thing and it’s no harm to you when someone peaces out of the church.
When people get angry about this stuff, just know they don’t believe that they really have the truth. Leaving the church is just one more piece of evidence to them that you see what the preachers are giving out and you don’t think it’s all they are making it out to be.
The same goes for liberals who leave a conservative church. A lot of times you meet these people and they’re bitter and cranky about the conservative church they left…. And I want to ask them “Why you so mad bro?” A lot of my friends who left are like this. They just have this grudge and it’s like they should be happier after leaving shouldn’t they? When you get bitter over the people who believe differently than you, you can be rest assured that you probably don’t even have much of a truth you’re confident in. And I understand some churches do mean things when you’re on the way out, but it befuddles me when you end up having the same feelings against them. They shouldn’t be worth the energy. When I left my conservative church for a relatively more liberal church, I expected to have this psychological angst and bitterness because I saw it everywhere else…
But I was delighted to find myself just more at peace and contented because I was acting on the truth that I believed in. When I’m around the people from my old church, it’s awkward. Not because of me. I like being nice and giving hugs and asking how everyone’s life is. But there are those awkward jokers who act like I have AIDS or am possibly possessed and I just feel bad for them… because it’s like….we only got one chance while we are here on earth. And there’s no time to feel animosity about actually living, breathing human beings.
Sure I’ve got the fire of God in me about Truth and the falsities of truths so-called…. And I’ll talk to anyone about how wrong I think they are…. But I’m not going to make it a personal matter. Well outside of the really mean and nasty preachers. Then it’ll get personal. They’re wrong. And I wish they could get past their own frustrations. But I’m not going to let that define who I am.
Maybe I’m just Amish.