To the core of my being, I believe in Christ. As part of my beliefs, I believe in what Jesus said and how he said to live. Part of what he said was that while my life was problematic, I should be concerned with my issues and only after having resolved those, should I attempt to help others with their issues. By what measure you judge, you shall be judged. THIS, I find often in short supply in Christianity. I am experienced enough to realize that for every Fred Phelps, there are plenty of good, decent people doing things right; it is just that Freddie seems to constantly run his evil little mouth.
If someone wants to ask me what I believe, I have no issue discussing that. I have no issue showing someone what the Bible says about something. Beyond that, I am too busy dealing with the plank in my own eye to offer much help to those with a mote in theirs. When I get to the place where I have myself taken care of, I will worry about condemning others.
In the meantime, what I don’t like:
Gay Marriage - none of my business, but we have to separate what I believe from what this country was actually founded on and that is equality for ALL.
Homosexuality - I have no idea what drives homosexuals. I have no basis for comparison and thus, why should I harp on what the Bible says. I suspect that there isn’t a single homosexual who hasn’t already been preached to just about enough. This would be where judge not comes in and additionally, once again, equality for all.
Christian displays on public property - you know what, put your Christmas displays up all you want on your property. People are right…if you want public displays, then let the church of satan put their’s up or just stop it.
Displays of the 10 commandments - see above.
Christianity is the PERSONAL relationship between each individual and God. It is easier and more human to want to point at others rather than at one’s self. Keep it personal and live it and leave others alone. Just stop it.