Today, I resign from Christianity.
It’s a secular term, historically. It was a term used by those who did not follow the teachings of Jesus in the time when the church was first coming to realization. Christianity is NOT defined in the New Testament.
Being a disciple of Jesus, however, IS - over and over again.
I devote my heart and my life to the God who sent his son to die on the cross for me - who commissions me to LOVE; Love Him and others.
Christian can mean anything you want it to mean.
Being a Christian, and what that means, can change over time.
And actually, it has. It changed the minute Rome decided to make Christianity it’s religion. The Church is not here to further one’s power, but to be a fellowship of people who follow Christ in spirit and in truth.
The church was called to love, and that’s something Christians now a days are not so great at doing.
A disciple, however is clearly defined:
a. One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another. b. An active adherent, as of a movement or philosophy.
Jesus’ philosphy? Truth and Love. That’s what I will live for. That’s what I will promote.
That is where my heart will be.
This doesn’t mean I’m giving up on Church. There are some great churches, and I’m proud of two, especially in the city I live in who are a good example of what the church was historically before the Roman and Orthodox churches. Church was a community of followers who would fellowship, hold each other accountable, study and live out the truth God has for us, take care of each other in a communal sense, and extend their love out to those in their community - helping the sick, poor, grieving, and so on and so forth.
That’s my Jesus. That’s my God. That’s my heart.
Goodbye, Southern Bible Belt traditions.