In the last couple of years I have had issues with the structure of the Christian faith and how the larger organized church has rejected those who follow the most common ideas of the Christian faith, love, acceptance, and sacrifice for those we love.
Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith. – Prophet Muhammad
This year has made me question even more of the ideology that I was raised on and how toxic and hypocritical the church can be for those in the church as well as those who are not a part of the Christian faith. Yes, there are good and bad people who say they are Christian who fall on the extreme right and extreme left as well as anywhere in between. However, Christians are taught from a young age to love our neighbors who are of all color shades, shapes, and sizes. I mean come on Jesus was a man of color and the Christian faith praises and worships Him!
True love is born from understanding. – The Buddha
God and Jesus are the ones that we should be following because they are the true foundation of the Christian faith. Their love is what we should know and show, not a church that shuts its doors to those who look, act, sound, believe, feel, or are sexually different than ourselves. Yes, church is a good place to go to get spiritually and emotionally recharged to go out into the world to say it is okay to be different. God made you the way you are for a reason and God loves every bit of you, even what you see as the messy bits. Church needs to say that beauty is in everyone’s messiness, tears, fears, and darkness, because this is the foundation of the Christian faith. The love, grace, and mercy of God and Jesus are the foundation of faith.
Let the beauty you love be what you do. – Rumi
Jesus was a person who spoke out and challenged the normalcy of the everyday law. He talked to and came in contact with those who were seen as dirty and outsiders by law. If God sent Her only son to do this for those on the outside who needed acceptance and love the most, shouldn’t we be doing the same?