With all the political rhetoric that we hear today and the high-jacking of pure Christianity, which is saturated with the Love of God, not judgment, I may come off a little strong at times with some righteous indignation. Reason being, the so-called educated elites on both sides are trying to run everything by defining what they think civilized life is when they’re not too civilized themselves. Meanwhile, American Christianity has turned the church into a fast-food chain with a drive-thru for Jesus because it’s been created by corporations. My desire is that you will hear my heart. I really can’t express that enough. The words you’re about to read are not just ranting and raving from some angry individual, but heartfelt passion for humanity, those who are starving and have AIDS and have no other way to live but that which has been set before them; the ones we know or at least act like we know, but honestly, it seems we have forgotten and left behind; I’m speaking of the world, the one for which Jesus died. The main reason for the world’s situation is due in large part to the oppressive system that Jesus has set us free from. We must quit using certain misinterpreted Scriptures to justify why we don’t help and just begin to see whether it is their fault from some past generational curse (which is always the copout for not being involved) or if it’s really an oppressive system, the kingdom of this world that is causing hell on earth.
For the record, it is mostly about the mad consequences that the religious right and the extreme left have created from their misinterpretations of the Gospel that is giving the name above every name, Jesus, a bad rap. So this is a rebuttal against the weak arguments that they have amongst each other, and I am challenging them to a duel. Because of their political rhetoric, they are causing Christians to play the game of “whose side are we on”; meanwhile, we’re not moving forward, but digressing. I believe if we look deep inside ourselves and listen to the cries of the world, we could see how we are missing it by them exposing our hypocrisies. But at times, unfortunately, we’ve been too blind to see and too deaf to hear and already believe we have all the truth in our pocket. I’m not saying this to condemn believers or unbelievers, because I believe most people want to understand and know God but have been fed a bunch of lies. I don’t blame them. Maybe some Americans don’t want our American Christianity (which is shallow), and in this country that is all right because they are free to believe what they want; therefore, we cannot judge them because it’s not our right. I will get in to that much deeper later.
Through history we shall see that our fighting to bring “America back to God” is a joke, because, honestly, there is no depth to that thinking when the truth is, and we must understand, that we should be bringing the church back to the words of Jesus. As the church, we have so much to offer and contribute in helping around the world that it would be stupid not to work together for the big scheme of things, which is life. With no church growth—all around the world—and attendance on the decline, we must ask ourselves some heartfelt questions and maybe consider every now and again that we might be wrong. By doing so, I believe we will see the problem is not necessarily in our leading, because we are leading, but, unfortunately, we’re leading in the wrong direction and in the end we will eventually bring to pass our horrible predictions of the future instead of fighting for people who are suffering now. I’m not talking solely about individual suffering in our puny lives, but suffering on a global scale. We need to deal with our individual issues (sins), which I believe will be dealt with, but by letting God’s love heal mankind through the body of Christ.
If we can turn down the message of God’s judgment to mankind by turning up God’s message of love, which is through Christ, I believe, according to the New Testament (which is written to the Jews and Gentiles), we would see the Kingdom of God manifest itself now. If we are going to continue to preach judgment and doomsday, we better start with ourselves to ensure we’re going in the right direction as a whole for mankind, or are we the ones who would be left behind? It’s a little shocking when we reverse the script, but when we do, we can begin to see that maybe we’ve missed the point. In other words, by watching the propagators of the left-behind theory and how they’re going about preaching their end-times ideology, we shall see that they might be the ones who are left behind. They are taking Scriptures out of context and putting them together with other Scriptures in order to paint a picture of what they believe the end times will look like.
Excerpt from the preface, I’m Tired Of Being A Hypocrite, By Shawn Grandstaff (c)
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