Questions I Often Get Asked As A Christian… Part 1

What is “the church”?

“The church” is not merely a building. It is made up of the people who share the same FAITH in God and Jesus Christ. It’s much like a school. The edifice that houses classes is called “______ School” but the students and faculty who convene there actually make up the school. Just read Corinthians 3:16 (Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?)

 

Why is there a “black church” if “the church” is supposed to be made up of all Christian believers?

The “black church” is just what it says. Let’s face it – living in America, we are all familiar with segregation; this does not exclude practicing Christians. Back during slavery, blacks were forced to worship God together because of their skin color. Now that a little time has passed, there are traditions and customs that have been passed down from those African American ancestors that those who worship in an all White or Hispanic church just won’t get. That’s not necessarily a good or bad thing.  As someone who grew up in the “black church” I’ve noticed that there ARE some customs that have virtually nothing to do with the teachings of God and are just done because “that’s the way we’ve always done it”.

 

I’m a Christian too but some of these Christians seem too judgmental at times. Why do you call out everyone else like you’re perfect when you’re not even perfect yourself?

Your journey as a Christian is an ongoing trek towards righteousness. You won’t be expected to live a perfect life with ZERO flaws – but it does mean that you are expected NOT to make the same mistakes on Day 108 that you made on Day 1. Meaning…Christianity isn’t some magic potion that you can drink that magically grants you all knowledge of everything heavenly and zaps you with the ability live a flawless life. Even those who go to school and obtain divinity degrees STILL don’t know everything there is to know about life. However, once you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior there are teachings and examples in the holy writ that clearly outline “bad living” according to Christ’s standards. Whether Christ directly speaks the words “_____ is wrong” or if the lesson is illustrated through the life of someone in the bible – there are some acts and behaviors that bottom line don’t line up with God’s word. So calling out things that are wrong according to the teachings of Christ is not being “judgmental”.  The saying “nobody’s perfect” is not a blanket statement that magically excuses behavior that is contrary to the teachings and life of Jesus. As Christians (meaning followers of Christ), there are some practices that are simply not excusable once you know better. If a Christian freely lives a life that’s rebellious in terms of lining up with Christ’s teachings – then you might want to suggest they reevaluate their witness.

 

Why are Christians are such hypocrites?

Correction…SOME Christians are hypocrites; just like some Muslims are and some Buddhists are. It’s just like a parent doing drugs and cursing, but punishing their kids for doing the same thing. Everyone does it whether you’re a Christian or not so it’s not a “Christian thing”. Christians are people. People who follow Christ and SHOULD do what is outlined in Christ’s teachings; but there are, unfortunately, just some who miss the mark.

 

TO BE CONTINUED…… – JOC

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