I have blogged about many of the points Elizabeth Rawlings makes below, but she writes an excellent summation of “How to be a Christian Without Being a Jerk About It” that I wanted to share.
I think it’s excellent, anyway. Click on the link, then come back and let me know what you think in the comments.
Warning for the easily offended – there is a little profanity in Elizabeth Rawlings’ post:
As I read her post…profanity and all, the only thing that comes to my mind is the statement from Jesus in Matthew 7: 21-23. Does this woman actually profess that Jesus is the only way to the Father? Reading her comments points me to a level of contempt she appears to have with bible believing folks who hold God’s word to be inerrant. Does she agree with the Apostle Paul, that all scripture is God Breathed?
I can’t speak for her, but I’ll give you my thoughts . . . it is because I take so seriously the words of Jesus – “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” – that I believe what Elizabeth Rawlings writes in that post is so vitally important. How dare we alienate unChristians by being “jerks” – by being judgmental, dismissing science, marginalizing women, etc., etc. Those things are certainly examples of what pushed me farther and farther away from the church. We Christians can get so insulated in our bubbles populated only by people who think like us that we can lose sight of how we are perceived by those we claim to desperately want to reach.
Finally. Someone who put my thoughts into words.