Why Most Christians Don’t Agree With Me (and why I’m ok with that)

I even made a bulleted list. 🙂

  • I happily read NASB and think The Message is a load of bologna most the time.
  • I believe Jesus was a real man, not a metaphor, who was ACTUALLY raised from the dead.
  • I believe, however, when He ascended to heaven, he didn’t go somewhere else, but as my friend Sarah perfectly put it, He went someTIME else.
  • I read Rob Bell and Shane Claiborne. I like and agree with a LOT of what they say.
  • I also read C.S. Lewis and A.W. Tozer… and agree with a LOT of what they say.
  • I no longer allow myself to take part in the Arminian/Calvinist debate, because I believe both are ultimately flawed and assume God’s power can only be described in human terms.
  • I do not believe that people who haven’t accepted Jesus into their hearts will burn forever in a fiery pit of doom.
  • I think Pepper will be in “heaven” with me. I don’t think we’ll have a mansion over the hilltop or walk down streets of gold. I don’t think we’ll be singing from the Baptist Hymnal all day either.
  • I do not believe that hating gays (or their ‘sin’ of being gay) is what Jesus would do.
  • I do not believe Jesus kicked alcoholics, unwed mothers, homeless, stinky people, holy rollin’ Pentecostals or liturgical Lutherans out of the church… and neither should we.
  • I don’t think Jesus would spend a lot of money on a huge church, new carpets, choir robes, AV system, etc. I believe anything He received would go directly to the poor/needy. 100%. Without overhead.
  • I believe the best way to put Christ back in Christmas is to start living like Christ.
  • I don’t believe that cussing makes me an ‘edgy’ Christian or a non-Christian.
  • I do not believe Jesus was a socialist, anymore than I believe he was a capitalist.
  • I have no problem referring to God as a He.
  • I don’t believe God is a He… or a She.
  • I believe if you are against abortion, you should have adopted kids in your home or church, or support adoption agencies and fostered children.
  • I cannot reconcile capital punishment with my faith in Christ.
  • I believe the Old and the New Testament both tell us through laws and through grace, that we should love the earth and all that is in it. That means, as a Christian, I believe in protecting the environment.
  • I believe in a universal truth, but I still consider myself a little post-modern. 😉

My faith is as unwavering as yours. My views are just different… and that’s ok.

“Why would God have made us all so different, if He wanted us all to be the same?”

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10 thoughts on “Why Most Christians Don’t Agree With Me (and why I’m ok with that)

  1. I really enjoyed reading this Rachel. I been finding myself figuring some of this out over a good many years – and realizing as I went along I fit in less and less in what you might call mainstream churches. And for reasons I couldn’t really put my finger on I went to Memphis last December and met up with this crazy bunch of folk. I haven’t seen a single one of them since, which kind of sucks, but I have somewhere I fit in.

    The weird thing with that is they aren’t just like me. They didn’t have a position description that I was a perfect match to. Come to think of it, they come in all different shapes and sizes. To look at them you would think hardly any of them would fit together. And sure, from time to time they kind of rub each other the wrong way – but that’s not too often, and perhaps it’s just another way to knock off a few rough edges and get the fit a little tighter. But fit we do.

    Cheers…

  2. I, too, like both Tozer & Bell…think I’ll listen to a little Tozer this evening on audiobook…it’s been awhile.

  3. Drew Tatusko says:

    How about I have never read Bell or Claiborne and probably won’t and I have no clue who Tozer is! 🙂

  4. Jim Morgan says:

    Hey Rachel, this was an amazing piece. I really enjoyed it. I have been working on similar for years but mine always comes out polemical and not declaratory. Great job!

  5. Interesting post. 🙂 I agreed with some of it. I wondered about other parts. But it’s all cool. A couple of thoughts/reactions I had:

    “I believe if you are against abortion, you should have adopted kids in your home or church, or support adoption agencies and fostered children.”
    My wife and I adopted. We’re against abortion.

    “I cannot reconcile capital punishment with my faith in Christ.”
    Romans 13:1-5???

    “I believe Jesus was a real man, not a metaphor, who was ACTUALLY raised from the dead.”
    Amen!

    “I no longer allow myself to take part in the Arminian/Calvinist debate, because I believe both are ultimately flawed and assume God’s power can only be described in human terms.”
    Interesting insight! I call myself a “Calminian.” lol Saw you mentioned on twitter by @Tragic_Pizza My Twitter is: @CMMagrum

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