I’ve been wearing a black long sleeve shirt that says “I AM A CHRISTIAN” in bold white letters all weekend — it was a reference to a song that Newsong sang at the Winter Jam concert a couple of Friday nights ago.
It took hours for me to not cross my arms over my chest, blocking the letters.
I feel as though I’ve been given a very watered down version of Christianity, and there’s a Jesus-concept that I’ve been struggling with since I began The Bible Project reading plan but only figured out how to put into words a couple of mornings ago when reading Deuteronomy 12.
Summary: Deuteronomy is a call to covenant faithfulness — Moses’ final speech in which he recaps their journey from Egypt and gives some final instruction (or at least that’s what it is as far as I’ve read).
So, 12:2-3 reads like “destroy completely all the places…where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones…”
Thinking contextually, this was a uber rough time period, right? Conquer-or-die, and this was addressed to the Israelites, God’s chosen people. They were called to a higher standard of living in hopes that they would a) live up to their end of the covenant with God and b) live as an example to the other nations.
My struggle isn’t with the violence.
My struggle is with the fact that Christians today attempt to justify tolerance of other religions in the name of love and peace, but does tolerance and acceptance of those other beliefs compromise our own? Light cannot exist with darkness, and we’re called to profess not only truth but THE Truth.