From Time: “I Want My Christianity Back – Without the Ugly Baggage”
Reading this piece reminds me of a few of my friends who identify as being Christian.
“Telling someone I’m a Christian means I must immediately follow it up with, “but not that kind of Christian.” It’s like saying, “Yeah, sure, these are some mind bogglingly ugly suitcases, but I’ve got the coolest stuff on the inside of them. No, really, I do.
Truthfully, I don’t blame people who assume that if you’re Christian you’re anti-LGBT, anti-abortion, anti-real equality, anti-other religions and pretty much anti-anything else that one small but loud subset of Christians find offensive or threatening.
It completely makes sense. It’s why I don’t want to use the word to describe my own beliefs.
Christians who want to be known more for their love rather than for what they standing over and against need to more fully acknowledge this reality and begin actively speaking out and working against it.”
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW