so I get to read the paper for the 4th time this week. I am loving this new 'less work' approach to my life :)
Today, I was interested in the claim by Anne Rice (author of 'Interview with a Vampire' and others) that she is quitting being a Christian. The headline prompted me to read on, after all there's not much interesting stuff about Christianity in the media these days: 'In the name of Christ, I quit being a Chrisitian. Amen' something which she apparently posted on her facebook page. In fact the line is very misleading as she hasn't given up on Christianity at all. She is basically distancing herself from 'the church', rules, dogma, and so on. What she is not doing is giving up on Christ. I read the article with some interest, but I was surprised to find myself agreeing with her. She says: 'I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life.' However she also states that she remains committed to Christ. It is true that the phrase 'I am a Christian' provokes all sorts of reactions, usually not favourable, unless of course you happen to be standing in the middle of a New Wine conference when you say it.
Frankly when you see the crap going on all over the world in the name of Christianity, I don't blame her. (and I refer to my previous post about the fake marriages) Perhaps we need more 'renegade' Christians?
The bottom line about my faith is that I want to follow Jesus, I want to be more like him. I want to live my life for him. That does not mean judging others on their behaviour, attitudes or life choices. It does not mean turf wars between local churches. It does not mean invoking hefty rules and regulations about how one should live ones life. Following Christ is an individual choice. It has to be so. God, with infinite grace, gives us the choice to believe in Him (or not as the case may be). Everyone who believes in Christ has their own story, their own reasons for believing, their own relationship with God. So does it matter if we are not all clubbed under the one heading?
Rice put it like this:
'...following Christ does not mean following his followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been, or might become.'
well said that woman.