Before I say goodnight, might I make an observation? We, the Body of Christ, have a cancer on our body that MUST be cut out. That cancer is RELIGIOSITY. This couching of criticism and pettiness in ‘churchy’ language. This inability to speak openly and honestly about ANYTHING. This tyranny of Biddies who NEED you to use special words and a soft voice whenever you speak. THAT is what drives normal people from church- not people like me! It is a PRISON to live like that! I thank GOD, with all my heart, for my 25 year sabbatical from church life!!! I left the church over 25 years ago because of old biddies who criticized my love of God because I didn’t go around waving my arms in the air and speaking in jibberish like they all did in the crowd. What nonsense that all was! I praise the Lord to be back in church, but I am not the same girl I was then, hurt and confused. Now I will FIGHT this cancer!
Friends, according to these police wardens of religiosity, even JESUS and John the Baptist wouldn’t qualify as proper Christians! No, they wouldn’t. John most certainly would have to put on clothes for these people and his screaming on the side of the road would most certainly have to go! And Jesus? Can you imagine these biddies twittering if Jesus were here today, at an art festival, overturning craftsmen’s tables and whipping people??? HE would not be ‘holy’ enough for these ‘Christians, either!’
These religious people attack with their honeyed words and then act SHOCKED when you speak like a normal, offended person back to them! THAT is not the game they know! And then comes the Jesus martyr look on their faces, saying they ‘wished they had not spoken at all…’ and that ‘they did not mean to offend, but to lovingly correct, ‘ etc. Really? There is a part of me that wants to just slap that victim right there on the spot. Not very CHRISTIAN of me, now is it? No. But very HUMAN of me. And thank the Lord, I do not need to be perfect- and so I shall not pretend to be so!
If you are going to disagree with me, then JUST SAY IT! Don’t couch it in religious words and then act like you didn’t just call me vicious. (even though you just used that word exactly!)
Friends, can I say, “HALLELUJAH! Christ is REAL!! Christ is REAL!” He is NOT that sappy photo everyone loves to look at. NO ONE could stand that prison called religiosity. Our spirits LONG TO BE FREE! I long to be free! I want to scream, “DON’T YOU CARE??? Did you just hear what I said??? Don’t you CARE that those young girls are going to hell?? Don’t you care that those people are following pagans? Where is your LOVE? Why is it that the only thing you care about is my DELIVERY??
At least I’m trying! You silent, silent Christian with your hands folded so neatly in your lap! You church goer who loves to make peace and not war! If you CARED about people- if you LOVED people, you would take a chance to HELP people. I know YOU know that all your soft words will NEVER help those people. You need to break through to them. You need to reach out to them. You need to tell them they will die, or God will indeed hold your responsible for their blood. READ Ezekiel and know God’s words on that account. Being silent is just easier, my Friend. Just easier. And you get to look all shiny and sweet while I look the fool. But I don’t care. I know my heart. And God knows my heart. And I speak out of LOVE because the day is very near- very near when these people will have lost all ability to THINK about what they are doing. Their time will be over. Me? I’m already saved. I dedicate my self to helping others find Jesus. How about you, silent, goody two shoes, religious friend?
Religion is a cancer. A curse. It is one I hope will be rooted out when Jesus Christ, our REAL, living, strong & powerful king comes back. HE will know our hearts and HE won’t care that our delivery of his message was not ‘religious’ enough. <sizzzzle> *steam*****