In the Name of Religion

To all you self righteous hypocrites who want to shun family in the name of RELIGION I have a few choice words for you and your stupid blind following.

I was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness but they are NOT the only ones who do this. If a member of your family leaves YOUR faith and no longer wishes to be know as a member of YOUR church then that is between THEM and God and you have nothing to say about it.

NOWHERE in the Bible does it say to shun them, turn your back on them, or even treat them as if they are dead. Oh trust me, I know what you are going to say, “It says to treat the non believer as if they are a leper so as they do not infect you and your faith.”

This means IF they are trying to take you away from YOUR Faith then do so but it does NOT mean that you are to treat them harsh, cruel, or unfair. See, what’s keeping you from doing the right thing is that self righteous RAFTER in your eye.

Jesus said to love your enemy. If you think so poorly of this family member that is a NON believer, and let’s be clear here, unless they change to a different sect other than Christianity then they are NOT non believers, they just no longer agree with what YOU believe, then that family member is your enemy and you should love them.

Let’s not forget about the Prodigal Son, who left his father’s home and yet the father still loved him. Was that NOT a reference to God, being the Father who loves and forgives us? So if God can still love them and except them because they still believe in Him then why can’t you?

"Faith, Hope, and Love. And the greatest of these is Love.” Have FAITH that your family member will still believe in God, HOPE that they will return to the church, but LOVE them anyway, for by YOUR Love do you set the example.

I was always told that you can not pick and choose what you want to believe in in the Bible. Its pretty much an all or nothing deal. If you claim to be a follower of Christ then why do you not follow his teachings? Why do you let some CHURCH rule you with fear over what you know isn’t right, turning your back on your family? And if you do NOT know that that isn’t right, well you got bigger problems than anyone had first thought.

I have “turned the other cheek” so often that my face is numb. Share this if you agree.

Max M. Power