Being True Christian
Despite participation in his local faith community and devoting a rather large amount of his limited time on Earth to following that Carpenter, and generally being a worthwhile human being, ***Dave is concerned it might all be for nought: Guess I’m not a True Christian”. He poses some insightful questions I’d like to hear the
TV Christians True Christians™ answer, perhaps under bright lights on a Reality TV show.
I share his dismay, if not his faith, and have a few questions of my own. How did abortion and homosexuality get to be the two main issues of Christianity, given that Jesus never mentioned either one of them? How did the Christian position on poverty get to be “Get a job, ya bum!” given that Jesus did frequently speak about mercy to the poor? How are megachurches and congressional prayer breakfasts with James Dobson compatible with “But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door…” How did profligate wastefulness and fighting environmentalism get to be Christian virtues? And why do the TV Christians need an atheist to explain this stuff to them?
Oh, that’s right, I forgot. There’s people busy actually being Christians and then there’s people making a lot of noise on TV about it, saying “God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican…”
***Dave, if it turns out that I’m wrong and Christianity really is true, I have a hunch the TV Christians will have other problems later…