This quote, attributed to Ghandi, is one of my favorites for its sheer honesty and the heart breaking truth that Ghandi was seriously considering allowing Christ into his life until something happened that many of us have experienced: he came face to face with Christians.
For a very long time, I denied Christ because of Christians and the disparity between Jesus – his gentle, life saving truths – and the concept of sitting in a pew of every Sunday, and being subjected to talk I didn’t understand and didn’t compel me to go outside and help another human being.
I was just waiting for it to be over.
And I started to realize, if a lot of us felt like this, depleted rather than filled up, then how we were to go out like the disciples, and lend our hearts and ears to others in need?
Frank Raj, editor and publisher of The International Indian, has written a brilliant article on this subject and has put it far more eloquently than I ever could. It’s probably one of the most amazing, truth revealing articles I’ve ever read, so I implore you to take the time to absorb it. You won’t be let down.
Following Christ is about accepting his grace and extending it to others, and using the Word to enlighten your life as well as those who need a little light. It’s about church only as far as community, a group of like-minded individuals who want to spread love to others’ and have no judgment in their hearts because they’ve been there, too.
Christians like this DO exist. I’ve found them predominantly in nondenominational circles that are focused on sharing the Word rather than creating rules and regulations for their exclusive club.
There is no exclusiveness when it comes to Christ so there should be no exclusiveness when it comes to being a Christian.
So I wear Ghandi’s words on my heart as a reminder of the constant love I want to share. I never want to be the reason a person can’t find peace.
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