Posts Tagged ‘rock’

My friends, there are many common misconceptions in history. Like the idea that we came from monkeys or the idea that the NRA is actually the modern form of the KKK. These are things people have been told throughout the years. These are actually as believable as most other things people have been told that are untrue. Things such like aids was invented to kill off the African nation, the holocaust and moon landings were staged and Jesus is dead. All bold, all lies and all believed by one group of people or another.  There is, however a difference between lies and misconceptions.

When it comes to “religion” there are a great deal of misconceptions. One such myth is that Christianity is a religion. This is a lie. Christianity, true Christianity is a relationship; a relationship with God.  People think all “faiths” are religions so they blame them for whatever they can. From the inquisition (which, to correct the misconception, was one king set out to kill Christians, not the other way around) to our current war. The truth is that Christians (true Christians) have never started a war, never attacked another belief or turned to murder.  Islam and their “jihad” is a war that they started against Christianity, not the other way around. The bible says “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the powers and principalities of this present darkness” meaning that the war we fight is in the spirit realm. When our ancestors left Europe it was because the Catholic Church and the king wanted everyone to believe the same thing, to follow the line of Catholicism.  The pilgrims wanted to follow the teachings of Jesus and be Christians, and for this, the Church of England attacked them and tried to force them back.

The fight for Christian religious freedom has always been a defense rather than an offense.  Ever since the birth of Christ, Christians have been attacked and forcibly silenced. It has not been a hard thing to do because there is too much dissention in Christianity itself. There are too many “Denominations” and not enough acceptances. There are people who have gotten too religious about what is a simple relationship. They think that it is one of rules and regulations. To follow rules is not, in and of itself, bad. It is when one starts to look down upon others for not following their rules. God gave us a short list of things he requires, then he gave us a list of things he has an opinion on. Things he likes, dislikes and outright hates.  He knows we are not perfect and are bound to do something he doesn’t like. That’s where forgiveness comes in.

Then there are the rules given to kings and leaders, like David or Moses.  Rules like animal sacrifice and how we should dress and what to eat; rules that changed when Jesus died and rose again. Now, it should not be held against you if you choose to follow some of the old law. I’m all for it, actually. Some of it helps keep us on our toes and closer to being in the world and not of it. My problem is the zealots who tell us that we are going to hell for things we wear, music we listen to and the company we keep.  Like the guys on the corner that scream condemnation (Christ came to save the world, not condemn it) telling the homosexual community that it is ALL bound for hell. Jesus never said “gays go to hell” or anything like it. God says he does not like homosexuality but never says it is a damnable offense.  Here is a bold statement: you CAN be a gay Christian. Christians do things that God disapproves of all the time. Lie, steal, covet and lust. These are all things you have to deal with between you and God, but again, none are damnable offenses.

These same guys tell us long hair sends us to the same horrid end as being gay. Really now, would a loving God send you to hell for your hair. They quote first Corinthians chapter eleven and tell us it is a shame for a man to have long hair. A shame it says. Well, there are a lot of things that are a shame. It’s a shame I have a headache, it’s a shame coffee gives me heartburn. It says it’s a shame, not a sin. You keep your hair short because of this verse, fine. I’m ok with it. It’s your decision, just don’t tell me I’m going to hell because mines long. (It’s not-I’m just making a point) It’s a shame those people don’t keep reading and find the verses right below it that say “BUT if there is anyone contentious (controversial, touchy or arguable) among you, against such we have no law in ANY of the churches of God” in other words: get on to what’s important! (By the way you want a longer version, of what inspired this part, look up the name “Mark Lowry”, a wise but funny man.)

The music one is easy to come back at. They say that “Christian rock” is just as evil as “other rock” and the 4/4 beat is the devils rhythm. God says “make a joyful noise…praise him with the stringed instruments (guitars-both bass and acoustic, along with the harp and lyre) and praise him on the cymbals (they are found on drum sets, right?)” So if our instruments are specifically requested by God, and our lyrics our uplifting and praising Him, where is the problem. Oh yea…I forgot…were talking about a pious, condemning religious zealot; the kind that give Christians a bad name.  Who has the duct tape?

Oh and by the way, if I wear a Mohawk, colorful hair, crazy clothes and odd piercings and tattoos, don’t tell me I’m going to hell for that either. God looks at what is in our souls, not on our skin. Every generation has a style that previous ones have looked down on.  God forbid (which he doesn’t) I look like an individual and non conformist. No sin there either street corner dudes. I had a friend we’ll call “Tony”. He wore crazy jewelry, punk clothes with crazy designs, his hair changed color and styles on a daily basis, and he listed to Christian rock music and hung out with atheists, bisexuals, liars and sinners. Do you want to know what he did with his life? He loved them unconditionally. He died at the age of twenty and is, without a shadow of a doubt, in heaven right now.

So if you tell me your god sends punks, rockers, and hippies to hell, and that being gay, a sinner or not following one or two of YOUR churches rules is a one way ticket to hell, then I tell you I am glad I don’t worship your god. My God says that ALL who come before him and believe will receive eternal life. He doesn’t demand perfection; he just asks that you listen.

If you read this and are my friend or family and think “I am one of those things, a zealot or a liar, an old law follower or a homosexual” I tell you this: I love you. I don’t care what you do or what you believe, I love you. I will NEVER look down upon you for your views, lifestyle or faith choices. Whether gay, straight, Christian or Buddhist, I still love you. I don’t require you to believe the same as me or even agree with me to be my friend or family. All I ask is that you listen when I rant, think hard about your retorts (I welcome them by the way) and accept me for my choices and views; and if you cannot, and you choose to end your time with me, I am truly sorry for that.

Now go live.