My dear friend from college, Amelia, posted a comment publicly on Facebook yesterday:
I’m confused. So, do you follow Jesus? Or not? And how does following Jesus make you not a Christian? What’s the freaking difference? I mean, we’ve all gone through times when we didn’t particularly like the Bible… I just feel like saying things like “I’ve left Christianity” followed by “I LOVE Jesus!” …. It’s incongruous and makes me feel like there’s a little web being spun (through you, not purposefully by you) and really you’re still confused yourself.
This is good stuff Amelia has brought up. It obviously really strikes a chord with some people, to separate Jesus from Christianity, and yet that is one of the things I am passionate to do. There is a strong attachment to the label of Christianity, which in most cases has way more involved in it than just ‘following Jesus’. I have a passion to separate the heart from the skin, the truth from the illusion, the person from the structures.
Do you think Jesus is as attached to the label of Christianity, the culture of Christianity, the religion of Christianity as you are?
I don’t think Jesus cares about Christianity at all. That’s something we created. (He cares about people, not the way we’ve organized our intention to follow him).
I would challenge you to ask yourself why it bothers you that I have chosen a unique path that doesn’t fit in your grid?
I do love Jesus and follow a lot of his teachings that resonate with me, and yet:
1. I am not involved in church
2. I don’t think the Bible is absolute truth (it is full of treasure, if you have spiritual ears to hear it)
3. I think Jesus came to show us the way to our highest potential, to show us our own magnificence and power — not to save us from our sins
These are major reasons why I don’t call myself a Christian.
I am not confused.
I have spent years on a passionate journey of discovery, excavating the real, powerful Jesus from this religion that I’ve followed most of my life.
And if you’ve read all of my blog posts, you know that I honor and respect anyone who loves Christianity and finds fulfillment within it.
I am speaking boldly about this because I’ve found something in my own life journey that has led me to more passion, joy, and love than I personally experienced within Christianity.
How can you not share something with others that has brought you so much LIFE?
There are obviously many Christians who are completely fulfilled and are living powerful lives of love which do exemplify the powerful essence of Jesus.
This is GREAT and I fully support these people on their paths!
It really doesn’t matter what we call ourselves, if we are living powerful lives of LOVE!
When we talk about Christianity, we are talking about a huge group of people all over the world, with a multitude of differing definitions of this word.
My personal journey has led me on a unique path, and I’m excited to have moved beyond this label. I don’t think it offends Jesus at all.
We need to get beyond labels, beyond organizations, beyond structures, beyond beliefs, beyond our attachment to all of these mental constructs that keep us from fully living and fully loving.
I am not a Christian, but I do seek to be Christ-like.
And I again leave you today with my personal definition of what it means to be Christ-like:
To love without condition, looking straight to the heart, and to fully and fearlessly be who we really are!
I love you!