I have, as stated in past posts, been around the Evangelical sub-culture for the past 28 years. I have participated in a multitude of Christian “outreach” programs. Protesting abortion clinics, writing in a college paper against pre-marital sex,picketing  movies (The Last Temptation of Christ), doing door to door evangelism (memorizing a script via Evangelism Explosion), pontificating from my fount of wisdom concerning the “facts” of a six-day creation,evils of sin. and the soon to come Rapture (disappearance of all “true believers”) and the seven-year tribulation. I lambasted anyone that disagreed with me, discounting them as  ignorant unbelievers, thanking God that I was being persecuted for holding forth truth. I loved Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and so many other televangelist because they were the defenders of all that was true about God and Country. Oh yes. I became the most patriotic Christian even flying Old Glory outside my house every day. The flag was the first thing  I bought after I buying my  Bible. I was smug. Arrogant. Self Righteous. Overbearing. But I knew that I was right because I was taught that this was Christianity. To hate sin (and in the process the sinner), to argue and defend what I thought was God’s view. I read my Bible and prayed faithfully, following the rules, becoming a good Christian.

I realize looking back in retrospect I must have hurt a lot of people, but more than that, I hurt the Gospel message. I was wrong in my approach, I was wrong in how I treated and viewed people. I was not living as a reflection on Christ, rather a reflection of my own perceived moral superiority.  I am truly sorry for that.

But God began to change me and open my eyes to that idea that quite a bit of Evangelicalism is not Biblical,  and in the process some in the church have become angry, and hostile to me and the new message.  

More on that next time.

2 thoughts on “Apology…

  1. The great thing is God never gave up on you and I when we were caught up in our self righteous ways. He forgives and uses us anyways.

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