I read a quote today and really liked it. Now, I'm sure I will have people think "Really? You've never heard that before?" And to them I say:
Nah, just kidding. I'm really not intimidated (in a bad way), by people who are more educated than I am. Really, I just want to suck up to them and get all the knowledge I can. I like educated people. I learn for free. :) (Yeah, Jenn, you know I am talking about you here.)
Anyway, the quote. It was "Oh, I don't reject your Christ. I love your Christ. It's just that so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ." This was a reply as to why Gandhi didn't like Christians, but quoted Christ often.
"It's just that so many of you Christians are so unlike you Christ." So true, so true. Gandhi also shared a story about how he had become very interested in the Christian faith and tried to go to a church service. He was told there was no room for his kind and if he didn't leave, then he would be thrown down the steps.
My friend, Emma has told me that she has been told to leave churches, because she is a lesbian. In the Book of Discipline for the Methodist church, it says that you can't be gay, because it is "incompatible with Christian teachings" as is fighting in a war. Oh, but if you are going to go and fight in a war, they still have a prayer to give you before you go. But, if you are gay, no such luck. WTH? So, it's worse to be gay than to go and fight people? Now, I'm not knocking the men and women who have fought and died for my freedom, but "Thou shalt not kill" IS one of the 10 commandments and "Thou shall not be gay" is NOT. So, not making with the sense here.
So, that a Christian would threaten to throw an Indian man down the steps, so he would not enter their church does not surprise me in the least. Saddens me? Yes, definitely. But, the truth is, they have not stopped throwing people down the steps. Too few churches stand up for what is right. They are called Reconciling churches and I used to go to one before I stopped going to church. Some denominations call them Open, or Accepting or Affirming, but it is the same thing. It simply means that they are naming themselves, publicly as a church that is open the everyone, including LGBT people.
I may be an atheist, but even I can see that's a little more Christlike.