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Have you ever received one of these? If you have it was most likely done without ever knowing the name of the person giving it away. You might have seen it on top of the toilet paper roll in a public restroom, next to or in place of a tip at a restaurant, lying around on a floor somewhere, or mixed in with that delicious candy from Halloween. Most tracts use fear as a tactic, some of them are clever and none of them are appropriate. They are most likely passed around with good intentions because in the Christian faith we find hope for the hopeless, love for those who have never experienced it before, and sacrifice so strong that it is capable of turning your entire life around.

How many tracts inspired a non-believer? I couldn’t tell you. What I can tell you is the message that is really getting across with a tract. This message is that you aren’t as happy or good enough in your life right now as the person who has a wallet full of these. It is that people who believe in God are tactless and hypocritical. It is that Christianity is full of judgement and punishment. It is that the Christian doesn’t have the time to sit down with you and have a real conversation, nor would you want them to because with the looks of it all they will be thinking about how to better tell you about the “A-B-C’s” of Christianity or how you can “be saved” from hell.

If you have a stack of these somewhere that you are planning on giving out, I’m going to let you in on a secret. These are as effective as a used up piece of gum stuck to the sidewalk, except that the gum actually served a real purpose at one time. You aren’t doing any good by leaving these around for some stranger to find, all you are doing is making yourself feel good.

You are not provoking thought. You are perpetuating the common perception that Christians are a bunch of jerks who don’t really care about anybody but themselves.

True evangelism is genuine. It is an honest and very real relationship with somebody. It lacks judgement and humbly admits our own lacking. It takes time. It takes prayer. It takes Spirit provoked conversations. True evangelism will never really tell you the kind of difference you are making. It is serving and self-denying. It pours every ounce of you into someone else. True evangelism is no secret. Jesus did every one of these things when He was on this earth. The closest thing he did to leaving a tract behind was writing in the sand, and nobody really knows what it was that He wrote.

If you want to make a true difference in this world or get a true positive message across then buy someone a meal, watch their kids for nothing in return, use the gifts you have to give. If you don’t then you may as well go get a stick and start drawing in the dirt because that is much more productive.



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I was raised in a fairly conservative Christian home. My parents made sure we got a good Christian education and church experience. Even though both institutions were unhealthy, they still laid a solid foundation of faith. Over the years, though, I’ve gradually moved more and more left. This doesn’t mean i’m not a Christian, it just means I’ve started thinking on my own and have determined that the majority of Christians use The Bible to fulfill their own agenda. They use verses to back up what they say The Bible says is true. I can’t see though how the Jesus I’ve gotten to know would act the way these Christians act or think the way they think. The last few months I have been church-less. This isn’t of my own doing, back in December I wrote a post about how I was losing my church. Since then I haven’t been able to find the kind of church I would like to see my family and I attending. Am I floating on clouds to believe there is a church out there who teaches the combination of everything I believe is true? Am I being unreasonable to think that I don’t want to attend a church who teaches some of these values that I have been raised with my entire life? This isn’t political, I’m not looking for a democratic church (I still do not consider myself either Republican or Democrat), just something a little less than traditional. I want my son to be in a church environment. I want him to learn about Jesus and be surrounded by other kids, I want him to go to Sunday School. I’m confident that with our direction as his parents we can talk through all that junk that the church teaches and help him figure it out for himself. I hesitate because I have learned through my most recent church that church is about community. I have issues with being in a relatively big church because I have a difficult time connecting with others and once I do connect with them I fear they will boldly speak so ignorantly and stubbornly as most Christians I know. That is a problem for me because if I don’t keep my mouth shut then I know something terrible is bound to happen, but I want them to get to know me for me. This is possibly more fearful than I should be and I am possibly caring a little too much of what my maybe future community will think of me, I don’t know. What I do know is that I can not let myself go to another church where I keep my head down until I find my usual seat then leave just early enough to miss the crowd being excused for the day. I miss going to church. I miss the people that I have grown to love and I fear I will never find a church that I love or agree with more than my last one. I’m not trying to come off as whiny, I am just still dealing with this loss and every new loss I have just reminds me of this one. I have no answer, yet. I will keep seeking and praying until my heart finds its home.

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I hardly ever freely talk about my opinions because A) I am very careful to know what I think fully before spewing it out to the world. B) Most people believe that when someone gives an opinion that it is an open ended invitation to talk about their opinions as well and unless I ask you, I don’t care what your opinion is. C) I really have no desire to debate or even to tell you my reasons for thinking what I think. So I keep my mouth shut. However, this is my personal blog and it is your choice to be reading this and you may feel free to close this page if you do not like what I am saying.

There is much talk right now about marriage equality. And to be honest, I’m quite sick of it.

Let me start out by proclaiming that I am a follower of Jesus. I believe in the three in one, I believe God sent his only son Jesus to die for us and raise up to defeat sin and to allow us to have everlasting life through Him. I believe Jesus is God and that He is the definition of love. That being said, I also believe that if you happen to love someone that is the same sex as you, you should be free to live your life as someone who loves someone the opposite sex, that life including marriage and children if you so desire. I’m tired of hearing people use the Bible as their reasoning to be against it.

My whole life Ive been heavily surrounded by people who insist on twisting the bible into what works for them, Ive been heavily surrounded by and had to fight off the certain “brainwashing” going on in the church. For the majority of my life I believed it was a sin to have sex before you were married or have sex with someone the same gender as yourself, simply because I was told it was a sin. As a teenager I was thrown into a “purity conference” and essentially forced to make a vow to “stay pure” until I was married. But at some point the people in the church need to search the Bible and seek God for themselves to decide what it is they believe to be true. I find it odd that Christians go through the old testament and pick and choose which old testament laws should still be practiced today.

Closed-mindedness like this is one reason Christians really piss me off, most of them are not even willing to hear an argument that goes against their beliefs. Fear is a bitch, people.

Like I said, I am just a little pissed off at all the ignorance being spewed out there and this is a good way for me to vent. If you are a Christian and you are reading this you are most likely angry and judging me, but that is OK with me! If you have ever really gotten to know someone who is a homosexual,no filters, no blinders, just really saw them the way God sees them, than you would probably be a little more open-minded.

I really love this quote from Justin on gaychristian.net,

But if you’re fortunate enough to know a Christ-centered gay couple, you’ll notice something remarkably different. These relationships are actually bearing good fruit. The fruit of the Spirit are in abundance in such relationships – love, joy, peace, patience, and all the rest. You can argue all you want about the meaning of this passage or that passage; the fact remains that I know monogamous, Christ-centered gay couples whose relationships are living proof of God’s blessing on them. Bad trees don’t bear good fruit.

and like he also says, “don’t be afraid to ask difficult questions.”

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