A short blog on May 25 from the Orlando Sentinel has this headline: Retired pastor knows why people don’t like Christians any more. It's a short interview with retired Methodist pastor Kirk Minor, who says, in part:
We’re finding more and more that there are a lot of people out there doing a lot of talking and protesting and bellyaching, but fewer people actually walking the walk. We have extremists protesting funerals of gay soldiers, pundits decrying the use of abbreviations for the word Christmas and activists campaigning for prayer in public schools. These are all very divisive issues, and have little to do with the good works the Bible wants the faithful to perform... Too many people are using religion as a sword to fight those with whom they disagree, instead of as a plowshare to help their fellow neighbors tend the land and form a community.
I found out about this excellent blog from Fark.com, and this was one of those times I just had to read what the Fark community had to say about this headline. Here was my favorite comment:
The bible should be a single page:
Don't be a dick.
Quietly help those who are unable to help themselves.
Love life, and be thankful for what you have.
I love this. If that's what Christianity was, I'd be a part of it. But that's not what Christianity is - if it ever was.
It is disputed whether or not Gandhi really said I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. But it came to mind as I read pastor Kirk Minor's words.