Drugstore Christians and how they warp the faith...
I see here quite often those professing continually to be Christian- they make a point to state it at every POSSIBLE given opportunity, I sometimes think they believe if they say it enough one day it will be true. The irony is that they continue to show themselves to be the least Christian people I have every encountered (thou doth protest too much, as they say). I refer to them as Drugstore Christians- a phrase derived from the antiquated but accurate description of a fake cowboy, known as a "Drugstore cowboy"- these "Christians" are also fakers- they want to talk the talk, they want to put the title on their t-shirt and write it on forms, and may even go so far as to attend the right services with all the right people, they use this faith they claim as their own to justify every form of ill will, meanness, ignorance, vindictiveness and judgement the mind can conceive- using scripture often as a literal justification for their completely and utterly UNCHRIST -LIKE views and behaviors (gotta love the irony of it, right?).
They often will even take it further and DARE you to question their Christian faith, their devoutness, their pure intentions, lol! They set themselves up as judge and jury for any and all who disagree with them politically, spiritually or otherwise- condemning souls to hell, to be shut out of God's grace and glory because well...they don't fit with their view, with their holier than thou criteria- I mean surely if you don't shout I'm a Christian at the top of you lungs (or in all caps) at every opportunity, and you don't quote fifty pages of scripture or sources from some nutty Christian website and you don't think that Obama is going to hell or that torture is acceptable then you are bound to burn- not because God said so, but because the Drugstore Christian did- it has apparently been passed down to mere humans to judge and decide who makes the cut to get into that prestigious heavenly club- I missed the memo from God in which he revoked his command to not judge your peers, apparently I've missed a great many codicils to the testament of Christ and God- because Drugstore Christians seem to hold an entirely different set of values and realities than I ever understood a Christian to hold- I particularly love it when they say things like "won't so-and-so be surprised when judgement day comes" and I think "umm, I think you may be in for a shock there yourself- lol- you may find yourself in quite a prickly pickle, lol"
And, to me, still the very saddest result of these heinous pretenders (and that's what they are make no mistake about it) is that they frighten real people AWAY from God, AWAY from Christianity, AWAY from the teachings. Someone who crosses thier path, listens to thier hatred and venom and insanity and THEN hears them couple these disgusting qualities with "Christianity" flees in the other direction. Their demeanor, their ignorance, their pride and condescension and loathsome ways make many a rational thinking person denounce or veer away from a beautiful, wonderful, compassionate and fulfilling religion- the VERY OPPOSITE of what a real Christian should be doing and of what Christ asked be done- and yet still they claim the title of "Christian"- it's sickening and I for one am deeply disheartened and saddened and frankly affronted by thier audacity coupled with what I can only assume to be their ignorance.
I find that many "Christians" are going to find that no matter how much you say it- it simply ISN'T the truth.