I would say it in the reverse….You’re a lot better since you left all the fundi-Christian stuff behind.
In my case that would be more accurate as I had identified as Christian since early childhood until around 2007.
It is often fun to sit in malls or airports and try to decide who is a Christian and who isn’t. It often seems the happy, fun-loving people are not Christians, and the dour people are not. Ha!
I would say “I liked you better before I KNEW you were a Christian. I think many people have a different opinion of you once THEY know, even if you haven’t changed
CS Lewis himself, an ironic favorite of exclusivist Evangelicals, concurred with you David when he said, felt there were good Buddhists who were closer to Christ than many Christians. To him, the label told us nothing about the heart. Dogma, doctrine, book-allegiance, and beliefs really tell us nothing.
To read C.S.Lewis’ comment on this issue, see “Does Jesus Save Buddhists?”.
I don’t even tell people that I am Christian any more… lately it just means more filth than good. I enjoy it when people who don’t claim to know Christ- have Him all over them- in their lives… living through them.
paul oneal – YES !
I, too, identify myself as a “person of faith” rather than as a Christian–at least until people get to know me.
Our “Christian taliban” (Moral Majority/Religious Right) has so trashed our brand that it has become almost impossible to claim a “Christian* identity without being labeled a Republican and/or a yahoo fideist.
To be redeemed is not merely to be absolved of guilt before God, it is also to live in Christ, to be born again of water and the Holy Spirit,
to be in Him a new creature, to live in the Spirit.~Thomas Merton
Why do born-again people so often make you wish they’d never been born the first time?-Katherine Whitehorn, British Journalist, The Observer, May 20, 1979
“Conservatism” is not a philosophy at all but an attitude. The word “conservative” (from “con-servator” = “one who preserves”) simply refers to a rigid conformity with orthodox or establish ways or beliefs, it doesn’t refer to what those beliefs might be. A hard core old guard Democrat is just as much a conservative as a hard core old guard Republican, both are clinging to the past. “Conservatism” is term people use to justify whatever their own beliefs are by attributing them to the past and thus claiming this validates them. That’s why people tack labels onto Historical fig-ures, like calling Washington a “Born Again Christian” as Limbaugh does, in order to misrepresent those peoples views as supporting what the people of today think. People who claim the “Conservative” label rarely agree on everything, in many cases they differ radically, William F. Buckley, for example, supported legalization of marijuana and cocaine, which other people who think themselves conservatives call the height of liberalism.~Source Unknown
In order to justify their behavior, they turn their theories into dogmas, their bylaws into First Principles, their political bosses into God and all those who disagree with them into incarnate devils. This idolatrous transformation of the relative into the Absolute and the all to human into the Divine, makes it possible for them to indulge their ugliest passions with a clear conscience and in the certainty that they are working for the
Highest Good. And when the current beliefs come, in their turn, to look silly, a new set will be invented, so that the immemorial madness may continue to wear its customary mask of legality, idealism and true religion. ~Aldous Huxley
“Fundamentalism isn’t about religion, it’s about power.”–Salman Rushdie
Being a Christian these days can mean anything. I think being labeled a person of faith is a much better alternative.