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Don’t Call Me A Christian Like That

I have struggled with being embarrassed of the church for many years. In the US especially, we live among some of the most ridiculous people in the country: confused and misguided hyper-Christians. I can’t help but think we’ve lost our way and I want to separate myself from that.

The word ‘Christian’ means ‘little Christ’, yet what we see in Christians around us is nothing of the sort. I would like to take up some space on the internet to tell you why I hate being associated with these Christians and makes me embarrassed of the title by means of describing what is associated with being called a Christian.

EDIT and DISCLAIMER: This is not to describe all Christians! The purpose of this post is to observe social perceptions that have been constructed around the perpetuation of these 10 points by mis-guided Christians.

EDIT: This is not my belief about Christians. This is a list of what I see society accusing Christians of.

1. Christians look down on people who don’t live like they do. They are too good to cuss or drink. They huddle up in their little churches to stick around other people who live the right way, completely blind to their own flaws. Christianity is exclusive and hypocritical.

2. Christians use the Bible to justify heinous statements and actions. They are clearly attached to an archaic text with no relevance to the morality of today. Christianity is morally backwards.

3. Christians are anti-science. Their belief that God created the world has made them reject scientific thinking by holding onto irrational beliefs. It makes them look stupid to everyone else. The church suppressed scientific progress for years! Christianity suppresses rational and original thought.

4. Christians are anti-gay. Just like the were anti-blacks. And anti-women. Progressive liberation of oppressed people groups has fought Christianity and its backwards ways for years. Christianity oppresses people.

5. Christians knock off everything cool in culture to make their own version of it. Christian pop sucks. So do most Christian movies. They perpetuate Christianity’s oppressive mindset and are unoriginal. Christianity fails at trying to be cool.

6. Christians are Republicans. Republicans are anti-civil rights and warmongers. Christianity supports war and oppression.

7. Christians talk all day about not drinking or smoking, but I see all sorts of fat Christians! Christians can’t practice what they preach.

8. Christians threaten people with hell. Their entire worldview is based on the fear of not going to hell. That’s messed up and no way to live. Christians are messed up and live in fear.

9. Christians claim to love, but they spend all their time judging, condemning and trying to make other people like them. They are always hating! Christians don’t know what love really is.

10. Christians don’t get to experience all the great pleasures of life, always holding onto their archaic moral law. Christianity is boring.

I can’t live with that label. Please don’t put it on me. Don’t blame me for the mistakes of my brothers and sisters.

I hope that Christians might someday be known as a people who live lives like Jesus and do what He did. The fruit of Spirit comes from God, not from doing the morally right thing. So Christians, check yourself.


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10 thoughts on “Don’t Call Me A Christian Like That

  1. I think your post might need clarification as to more precisely what it is that you are opposing. You seem to define “Christian” in a way that might not be universally understood. For example, I call myself a Christian, yet many of your 10 points don’t apply to me. I know that many have done horrible things under the banner of “Christian” but others wear that label who haven’t done any of those things.

    Can you give a little more context into your comments? Thanks.

    Posted by Mark Forstrom | April 27, 2012, 1:31 am
    • Mark, I felt that I laid out my intention to describe the ideas associated with ‘misguided hyper-christians’ who don’t actually reflect what it means to be a true Christian. Can you suggest a way I could clarify that further?

      Posted by Josh Poland | April 27, 2012, 2:10 pm
  2. I thought it was a basic requirement of Christianity to cling to archaic texts and take them literally as that is the only way one can believe Jesus was the son of a divine being. If you take out all the supernatural stuff it’s not really a religion or a faith any more it’s just cherry picking teachings from some guy in the middle east 2000 years ago that might be relevant today.

    Posted by Forrest | April 27, 2012, 6:57 pm
    • The teachings of Jesus would be pretty useless if you don’t believe in the supernatural or in the authenticity of Scripture, due to His claims on the matter. But the teachings of the Bible and Jesus reinforce exactly zero of these 10 things…they are just social things ‘Christians’ came up with that have heavily distorted the true nature of belief in Jesus, for which relevance was never really an issue.

      Posted by Josh Poland | April 28, 2012, 10:17 am
      • OK so you are only holding onto irrational beliefs from the new testament. For what reasons are you more comfortable believing bronze age myths rather than stone age ones as science clearly rejects supernatural claims from both.

        Posted by Forrest | April 28, 2012, 7:46 pm
  3. I hold the whole Bible as true. I can tell you are a person of reason, and I like that, as I hold to reason and scientific rationale very dearly. But in order to say science rejects supernatural claims, you would have to prove that science is able to prove or disprove the existence of the supernatural, which is impossible. Science is based on what can be observed and reasoned in the natural world. But to say that nothing exists beyond those observations and reasoning is not something science can confirm or deny, due to its very nature.
    I understand and the belief that nothing exists beyond the scientifically observable world, but I don’t hold that belief. My mind could never accept that premise.

    Posted by Josh Poland | April 29, 2012, 12:02 am
    • True as in you believe in talking snakes and Noah’s ark? From your second and third points I inferred that you don’t hold the whole bible as true.

      We have evidence that people can not walk on water therefore science rejects that supernatural belief. I don’t claim that nothing exists beyond the scientifically observable world but to claim to know anything about it is absurd. I could claim that there is an invisible ethereal purple dragon orbiting the planet but since it can not be observed scientifically it can not be proven or dis-proven. What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.

      Posted by Forrest | April 29, 2012, 4:49 am
      • My second and third points reflect how the Bible is misused and misread, not my beliefs.

        You say that claiming to know anything outside the scientifically observable world is absurd. You also claim evidence for such does not exist. This is where this discussion will become moot. Because I could line up all the evidence in the world for the truth of the Bible (which would take years) and you would still dismiss it. (I’ve been down this road before)
        To call my beliefs absurd because you don’t believe evidence exists for them isn’t valid. To claim that its impossible to know anything beyond the scientifically observable world is a circular assertion.
        Its clear that the typical antagonistic and stupid arguments for what I believe are what you’ve always heard from Christians, and for that I apologize.

        If you actually are interested in the possibility of real evidence existing, coming from someone who is educated and intelligent, and I misjudged you, feel free to email me at jjoshpoland@gmail.com to begin a much longer conversation about it. Thanks for commenting! I love great discussions and smart people 🙂

        Posted by Josh Poland | April 29, 2012, 11:19 am
  4. Im not sure it was ever solely Christians that were anti black or anti women, rather society as a whole. And women were only prohibited from leadership. Anti gay, maybe, cause that is in the bible yet people take it too far. But not the previous two.

    Posted by jcc5018 | May 1, 2012, 11:58 pm
    • Hey Jon,
      While it may have been society as a whole (or rather less than half, as they were defeated by democratic process), certainly Christians used verses from the Bible to perpetuate keeping their slaves as well as degrading women.
      I’ve heard sermons even in my lifetime talking about women being too fragile to make their own decisions or being the evil spawn of the she-devil ‘Eve’. The Catholic church used to say that women couldn’t be trusted to think for themselves since they were too prone to passionate acting out. Christians who throw around racial slurs defend their racial superiority with estranged Biblical logic.
      So regardless of the social norms these things came from, Christians should be on the forefront of stopping that kind of thinking, not be associated with it, as they are, even if it were a false accusation.

      Posted by Josh Poland | May 2, 2012, 8:36 am

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