by Lawrence J. J. Leonard
If I say I am an Atheist, no one will judge me unless my freedom impinges on your beliefs.
If I say I am a Satanist, no one will judge me unless my belief impinges on your freedoms.
If I say I follow Buddhism Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Shiism or Sunnism, no one will judge me unless my beliefs make you politically uncomfortable.
If I say I am a Christian,
everyone will judge me, no matter if they are Christian or not, and whether or not their standards are Christian based (or not).
So, declaring myself as a Christian is a trap. Because, according to society, if I don’t act 100% the way the gossip columns think a Christian should act, then I am a hypocrite.
Totally exposed and an alleged fraud.
The fact is the definition of Christian means I am allowed to fail – on a daily basis – and still be a faith-filled follower of Jesus Christ. I don’t choose to fail, but strive to improve.
Either way, if I declare myself a Christian, society will persecute me.
This is the scriptural significance:
“Jesus replied, ‘If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.
“ As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.
That is why the world hates you.
“Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’
If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.
If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
“They will treat you this way because of my name,
for they do not know the one who sent me.”
. ~ John 15:18-21
Fight the Good Fight every moment, my friends . . .
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