These represent how Jesus Christ lived and and by example, what he taught his followers. These are, in fact, the central tenets of the Christian faith. And yet, we see exactly the opposite from many of the most visible preachers. You know, the ones that get all the publicity.
How much love is shown by those “Christians” who spew venom at gay people?
How much charity is actually going out from monies collected by television evangelists who live in mansions, drive luxury cars and wear designer apparel?
Is there much mercy in the treatment of immigrants escaping horrible abuse in their own countries?
How many Christians actually give money to the poor in lieu of giving expensive gifts on Christ’s birthday?
Sadly, like anything else, Christianity is rife with abuse and peopled with “pastors” and others who wave the Christian flag but don’t deserve the title.
When I think of the many desperate, naive people writing checks they can’t afford to television evangelists in the hope of getting the Lord’s blessing, it turns my stomach. Far too often that money is used to support an over-the-top lifestyle and far too little of it goes to good works. It makes me sad that people believe they have to support these charlatans in order to gain God’s grace.
God’s grace is free and available to all.
Shame on these people who would use those donations to live large. Their day of reckoning will come and they might be mightily surprised.
It’s always a shock when I see some of the most politically reactionary and loveless people wave the cross around as if they alone owned it, even as their lives demonstrate how they have perverted the gospel. They, too, might be surprised on their judgment day.
My heart breaks when I see people I know to be good say cruel and narrow things about those in need, treating these real, human lives like so much political chattel. We live in a world that is in need. What are we doing about that?
It’s time we were reminded of what Pope Francis pointed out: the central missions of Christianity are love, charity, mercy and caring for the poor.
Yet, some of the most visible “Christians” do too little of any of these things.
So today, I’m asking: Where did Christianity go wrong? And what can we do about it?