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Mailbag: So-called Christians should read the manual

August 24, 2010

If Christianity were illegal, would there be evidence to convict you? I ask because Christianity is not a closet religion; what Christ conveys, we're obliged to champion. Evidence will be our words and actions, and we've been historically persecuted for this.

Christians defend children gestating in their mother's wombs. Society says, "Kill them, they aren't really human unless they're wanted." Jesus says "Don't murder," yet these human offspring are dissected and society applauds. Why? It's faithless, and Christian objection receives society's jackboot.

No homosexual ... will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:9-10 NIV). Christians didn't think that up, Christ did. Patrick Caneday says he hasn't the right to oppose homosexual marriage, neither as an American nor Christian, yet Americans perennially debate laws ("Why I'm still a Christian," Aug. 7).


God too has laws — ultimate, non-debatable. People split when they collide, especially in our "one nation under God." If anyone has a right, nay, obligation to speak, it's Christians. Christ said we're "the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness ... It is no longer good" (Mat 5:13 NIV). So we're salty, and contentious, but that's because God wants us good for something.

Vampire book author Anne Rice wants Christ without Christianity. This prompted Caneday's article. Rice despises Christians she's encountered, so she disavows all relationship. Absurd! Does anyone like everyone? She complains about stereotypes yet forgets spiritual growth happens communally. Caneday gets this, sort of, but it's unclear if he embraces Christianity in theory, or if he actually associates Christianity on Sundays.

We grow by contact. I fear people who claim such Christianity aren't reading the manual. They make it up rather than live according to Christ's words. Rice needs to get some red blood back in her veins, and Caneday, now that you've "come out," pick up your spiritual armor and join us in the war, brother.

Rev. Bryan Griem


Editor's note: Griem is a regular contributor to the In Theory feature and pastor at Montrose Community Church.

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