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An Agnostic/Atheist looks at real Christianity
The True Christians
This week, once again American's saw what the face of hate looks like as it revealed itself in Charleston South Carolina. A young white man was welcomed into an historic Black Church in Charleston where he was invited to join others in prayer and Bible study. After spending approximately an hour with these people of God, all of whom were African/Americans, the young man; a wolf in sheep's clothing, stood up and shot and killed those very people that welcomed him to join them in prayer. His reasoning was that black people were "raping our women, and trying to take over our country...and they had to go".
After extending the most Christian of values to this young man as taught in Matthew 25:35-40...
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
...nine people were gunned down by a racist monster, fueled by hate for Black people. He wore emblems of the flags of the racist and apartheid states of the former Rhodesia, and South Africa ( states that ceased to exist before he was even born) as well as White Power. He displayed a vanity plate on his car of the confederate States of America.
As horrific and shocking to the senses as this atrocity is, it is overwhelmed by the families of the victims who in the truest sense of Christian faith, found a way to forgiveness rather than meeting hate with hate and vengence. This is what is most profound about what happened. Amidst what is probably the worst racist inspired mass murder in recent history, these families demonstrated what it means to walk the walk. With broken hearts and their worlds shattered, the families find a way to forgive the person responsible for their loss.Don't be surprised if these same people plead for mercy for this maggot that will likely face the death penalty.
These are not "Christianists", practicing "Christianism". These are Christians in the truest sense of the word. "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do". They embrace those words and LIVE what that means. Very few people can do this. The moral teachings of their God require it of them and they gladly follow those teachings knowing that love and forgiveness is how we disarm hate and violence. They actually know how to turn the other cheek. How many people that call themselves Christian, could actually do this? This is one of the most powerful moral statements I think I've ever seen from not just one person, but an entire congregation and the families of those that were murdered simply because they were guilty of being black.
It's easy to say, I'm a Christian but It's not easy being a Christian. You're tested almost daily, and how you respond to tragedy like this reveals everything that needs to be known about what a True Christian Life is all about. Talk is cheap and hypocrisy runs rampant within probably every belief system, but I can finally say that I know what a real Christian looks like. They look like the families of those that lost their loved ones in Charleston South Carolina.