more on pat - again.

here is one reason i no longer desire to be called a christian:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative Christian televangelist Pat Robertson told citizens of a Pennsylvania town that they had rejected God by voting their school board out of office for supporting "intelligent design" and warned them on Thursday not to be surprised if disaster struck. [link]
i have come to the conclusion that people like pat robertson are not the people i desire to walk in faith with - our thougts are different, our actions are different, out core is different, our desires are different and most of all our view of God is very different. when a man proclaims that disaster will fall upon a people because they did not do what he thinks God desires, is a man proclaiming some power he does not have - and it is a man that if following a faith far different then the one i follow and the christ i know.

my robertson can do as he desire, but it is men like this that cause more people to walk away from christianity - my hope is that they walk into the arms of christ. because in my heart, while i will pray for pat, christ is not seen in his words.

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Ben said...

I totally agree with you! You know, it's guys like that that give Christians a bad name. It really makes me realize that my job as a minister is not only to share the gospel but to try and repair the damage that people like that have done to the way Christians are perceived in this society.

John said...

heres the scary thing lots of people thought and probably still do that pr would have been/be a good president

Small Group Guy said...

Christians have done harm to the cause of Christ--given.

To be called Christian means:

Chris·tian ( P ) Pronunciation Key (krschn)
Professing belief in Jesus as Christ or following the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus.
Relating to or derived from Jesus or Jesus's teachings.
Manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus; Christlike.
Relating to or characteristic of Christianity or its adherents.
Showing a loving concern for others; humane.

When you say you are not Christian does that not sound like you are turning away from this way of belief? Why not continue to call yourself a Christian and work on "shoring up" the weak parts and unifying as the church as Christ commanded?

john o'keefe said...

small group guy,

what the dictionary says a "christian" is, is of very little value to me - because it does not carry the baggage 2,000 years has placed on it - a defination is bland, and the reality is dynamic :)

i could, but i would rather spend my energy following jesus then trying to get others to see that a "christian" can be different - so i simply select not to be called one :) if it sounds like i have "left the faith" then i have to ask why? can't one have a different view?