Think on These Things: Christian hypocrisy

Christianity is not defined by its followers but by Christ

Rev. Michael Kiewitt, Clearwater Community Baptist Church

I worked with a young man years ago and broached the topic of faith and religion with him. He told me a long story of heartache and pain at the hands of religious people. He spoke of nightmares and an ache in his stomach that continued to assault him years after the abusive incidents.

Such stories are not uncommon. Hypocrisy and abuse in the name of Christ by those that would call themselves leaders of the Christian faith occur all too often. For those of you that have similar stories of pain and heartache, from those that would claim to be Christian, I would like to offer my sincerest apologies and ask for your forgiveness on behalf of all Christians.

Abuse and punishment is the antithesis of the Christian faith. Love is its central theme personified in Jesus Christ who allowed himself punished and abused to be a relief to those that would call out to him and repent for their sins. Those of you that have given up on the faith because of the cruel and stupid actions of those that claimed to be Christians have made a terrible error.

Christianity is not defined by its followers but by Christ.  Christianity will fall short when judged by its followers since all Christians are fallible. This is not to excuse the reprehensible actions of those that claim to be Christians or to minimize the pain you may suffered from so called “Christians”. It is my attempt to distance the poor behaviour of Christians from the person of Christ.

I realize that being a pastor makes my opinion biased. Thus I would encourage you to read the gospel and judge for yourselves what Christianity is by looking at the person Jesus Christ. In the person of Jesus Christ is found the peace, purpose, relationship and acceptance that are meant for all mankind. If you need a Bible or would like to talk my door is always open to visitors.

God bless you in your search.

 

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

 

 

Just Posted

Man dies in snowmobile accident during Sun Peaks race

An Alberta man has died as a result of a fatal snowmobile… Continue reading

Lambing in full swing at Aveley Sheep Ranch

Spring is here and this may be most obvious at Aveley Heritage… Continue reading

RCMP looking for grain haulers dumping grain on roadside pull-outs

Illegal practice happening on Highway 5 between Valemount and Avola

Personal Development Weekend Retreat coming up

By K.A. Pendergast Have you ever been stressed? I am sure most… Continue reading

MayDay Parade Theme is “Clearwater Life”

Parade takes place May 18 and starts at Capostinsky Park

‘No answers:’ Canadians react to Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds

The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more on Easter Sunday

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

Most Read