Over the years, I’ve always been careful–careful to discuss matters of my faith online in ways that did not run people off who might not want to hear direct, specific mentions of Jesus Christ. His name has been grossly taken advantage of by churches, by Christians themselves. The modern Christian church (in the mainstream sense) has done more disservice to His name than any demon could do. And I’ll tell you one thing, whatever the demonic world is, that world has profound respect for that name. Humans are the ones who disrespect that name, and the multi-faceted power that is associated with that name.
In doing so, my intent was to perhaps be able to talk about Him, again, without running someone away. I will repeat this below, but given how badly the mainstream church has abused their position and His name in their reductionist views and portrayal of Him, I understand people’s frustration in this regard. But this fallacy has done a disservice to my own authority as a writer and someone who believes in Jesus Christ.
You see, He is the God that I worship and the one who took me in despite not being deserving of any of the power that comes with that name. One of the reasons I’m no longer going to be careful is that I am not what one would call a ‘Bible thumper,’ or otherwise prone to make judgments on anyone if they have no interest at all in Jesus or the Bible, or the church (local sense, the ones who still bear at least a modicum of respect for that name), or even prefer to refer to my God as my imaginary friend. Because I understand their frustrations, and I understand that the choice to take on any faith in any God is a personal decision. My thoughts on that decision have little to no bearing on that person’s choices at all. No one needs a lecture from anyone not equipped to be a judge, and I am not equipped I assure you.
Thus there is no need for being overly careful as I’ve done. I’d rather discuss Him from this point on directly in ways that are different than the usual fare, and be upfront about His name.
I enjoy looking outward in a cosmic view, not merely inwardly asking silly questions like, “Why did God allow this to happen to me,” or “why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” Christ, according to the Bible, is The Logos–the Divine Voice of God who brought the Eternal Laws of the Universe into existence. Approaching Him topically and spiritually in this manner (cosmic) grants a much larger picture than mere Sunday School religion that limits Him to a being more intent on watching my every little move, like Santa, so that He can check His list, find out if I’m naughty, and not bring me things. I cannot stomach that form of Christianity. I would prefer a much more visceral view of Christ, one that quite frankly can be terrifying to the tiny mind of the human, who spends each day just trying to figure out what the hell is going on. For if He is the God that I believe in, then His makeup is far beyond my ken, and that, to me, is a much more interesting God than the one the mainstream church has reduced Him to.
So as we begin a new year, I just want any reader to understand this is my public declaration of the fact that I am a follower of Jesus Christ, the Second person in the Trinity (Godhead). Many whom I talk to already know this, and this won’t surprise them, but many readers especially new ones who might come along have no idea of the specifics of my belief in God. Now, they know.
All that said, let’s see what 2020 brings. And I hope that this new year brings you peace.