One of the saddest things I can say in response to the kinds of things KKKhristians in the news say is something I’ve been saying repeatedly on my Facebook group, Gloriamarie’s Progressive Stuff (https://www.facebook.com/groups/gloriamariesprogressivepetitions/) where many people are repulsed by what they see of the news-making Christians. I say it to anyone who feels despair .
If we base our faith on the actions of others, then we are not basing our faith in the eternal Godhead. If we judge Christianity by the actions of those in the news, we are not using our critical thinking skills to learn about historic Christianity.
Without making any bones about it and speaking the truth as baldly as possible, those types of Christians who are in the news, and the types of Christians who embrace the teaching of those in the news, are heretics and many of them are apostate because they have turned their backs on Jesus’ actual teachings to embrace the lies of the prosperity Gospel or the lie that the Bible is to be read literally. Neither of these have been taught by the Church historically and neither were they taught by the Reformers. Those are doctrines taught by greedy and self-serving people who want to hold onto their wealth and ignore the hard sayings of Jesus.
It is a tremendous shame that so many people allow their definition of the Christian faith to be defined by certain teachings which appeared around 1850, with no basis in the Gospels or the prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures.
If there are those who would like exposure to the teachings of the historic Church in its many flavors and varieties, then they are welcome to Celebrate What Christians Have in Common, also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1409874399270377/
Our faith needs to be based on the Gospel, the words, and actions of the Living Word of God, Jesus. Every single day there are billions of Christians all over the world quietly living into their vocations, never making it into the news but working with the angles to see to it that the hungry are fed, the naked clothed, the sick cared for and needs met for those who don’t have resources.
Every single day there are billions of Christians all over the world acting out of compassion, empathy, generosity, gentleness, kindness, and sympathy in a kneejerk reaction to the abuse, brutality, bullying, greed, and selfishness with which are all surrounded.
Christians are out there, working on the side of the angels. But because they are poor in spirit, pay attention to the Beatitudes, we don’t hear about them. It is that kind of people who draw people to investigate Jesus.
Take heart, all who despair. The Gospel of Jesus prevails now as it always has despite apostates and heretics.