Thank you for all of your honesty regarding yesterday's post. I posted it for various reasons, but mostly because prior to becoming a Christian (I was a self described flaming, liberal, feminist), I really could not stand the hypocrisy of so called "Christians."
As I've grown in my faith, I've seen that we "Christians" have done so much HARM in the name of "Jesus;" It causes me to use the term "Christian" carefully. Not amongst other Christians--because there is a vernacular, an insider language if you will, that is known in Christian culture. However, had we had a conversation prior to my "conversion," and the words sin, repent, damned, hell, savior, king of kings, blood of the lamb, redemption, and so on and so forth were tossed around, I would have kindly flipped you the bird and would have told you to eff off.
After becoming a Christian, I have to admit I was a bit zealous and turned people I love away from me. I was self righteous and judgmental--I became the exact person I used to loathe. To all the people who I hurt, I am SO, SO sorry.
James 1:26 says, "If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless."
My husband and I started a discussion group in our living room a few weeks ago with total strangers...some call themselves Christians and some don't. It's an open forum...we hope to start a church some day, but not the traditional way. Our thoughts and ideas are a work in progress and I'm excited about what the future holds. This is a topic I will frequent often in the future because it's a daily thing in our household right now...your comments (especially from those of you who do not call yourself Christians) and input are something my husband and I will be discussing as we are in the formative stages of beginning a "church."
Thank you again for your comments and honesty.