I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Mahatma Gandhi
Christians believe that Jesus Christ always was and is God the Son, one of the three Persons of the Divine Trinity, and as the Son of God He was born of a virgin, here on earth. Unlike any religious leader before or after Him, he performed miracles, and passed on His power to do the same to His followers. He alone suffered and died for our sins to conquer sin and death. One of the reasons that He came to earth was to show us how we are to act towards others.
As Christians, we have been taught by the Master that all life is sacred, that we all (Christians and non-Christians) have been created in God's image, that the child in the womb from the moment of conception is every bit as important to him as all other human beings, that children are special to Him, and that we are to come to Him as little children.
But, more and more Christians have shown themselves to not be different than others who do not believe in Jesus Christ as their Saviour.
If it is clear teaching of Christianity that all life is sacred, WHY do Christians turn from that and support abortion, particularly some of our leaders, like Nancy Pelosi, and the deceased Senator Ted Kennedy? Why do self proclaimed Christians like President Obama support a woman's so called right to kill the child in her womb at any time until birth? Why do political leaders like Prime Minister Harper of Canada, the leader of the one party that claims to support the unborn, not stand up for the unborn? Why is every Christian not united in supporting life?
Recently, I have defended the Catholic priesthood, saying correctly that the instance of sexual abuse by priests and other religious is no higher, lower in fact, than in other places in our society. Though that is a true statement, it in fact misses the point. Should Christians in fact be outraged that secular media and society have come down so hard on the Catholic Church? All Christians bear the shame of the behaviors of some men and women claiming to be of God, who have sexually, physically, and emotionally abused young people in their care.
So, why would there not be moral relativists, and secularists rising up in our societies? We should be ashamed that Mahatma Gandhi was spot on when he said what was quoted in the sub heading above.
We Christians have shown ourselves to be no different than the worst of the society that we claim is going to hell in a basket.
C. S. Lewis was quoted as saying: “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
How are Christians, not just those special people like Billy Graham, Mother Theresa, Pope John Paul II, but you and me, living our lives differently from the main stream to prove the truth of Christianity.
We will be held to account for not living the Gospel that Jesus gave us.