I was feeling creative the other day and decided to do some freestyle poetry, but the more I wrote, the more it appeared to be a “rap”. If you know me at all, you would know that that was not my intention at all since rap is a genre of music I try to stay very far from. But, if you know anyone who would want to use this, it’s all yours!
There is a great deal to tell you what I think of these two, the fundamentalist who judges man and the devout who loves you.
The fundamentalist will pick and choose what he wants use from the Bible to back his own perverse ways, to ridicule non-believers, hate on sinners, and to persecute women and gays. He ignores Christ’s teachings of love, choosing hate, to scold and scorn and retaliate. He wrongly hates God’s creature instead of man’s sin, unable to separate the evil from the good within.
The fundamentalist with a rigid finger, points to one Bible verse out of context and sends to hell a stranger. He is the opposite of God, unloving, unmerciful, unforgiving; more worried about how others offend him instead of how he himself is living. He is more interested in separating than bringing together, in dividing than loving one another. He memorizes some versus to use as knives; poking, sticking, stabbing untruths into your sides.
I can say all this because I was this man, thinking I knew it all, more than any could understand. Filled with pride, ego inexorably bloated, wanting a doctorate in theology to prove my own belief though I alone wrote it. I was anti-Christ in my evangelizing and witness, winning the debate as reward instead of showing the beauty of His gift.
The fundamentalist pushes souls away, is a thorn in your foot, an excuse for his opponent’s hate. The atheist is justified in his rebellion and disgust when he sees the fundamentalist condemning him and losing his trust.
I am no longer this man as now I am devout. I love as Christ loves and leave no one out. There is no offense that would lead me astray, to hate my neighbor or walk in my own way. I don’t need a degree in theology to witness to others. I need only to love them and treat them as my sisters and brothers.
I will take the Bible in its full original meaning, not build my own following after what I think is seeming. I will lead no one into error or anger those who oppose me. I will only pray for all, love all, and give all, so that when all view me, it will be Jesus they see.
Going from fundamentalist to devout has been an evolution, going from judging others and winning arguments to praying for peace as the solution. My eyes finally rest on the goal of God in heaven, to bring all souls to Him through living as brethren. To love efficiently one must practice to love. To know God in heaven, one must allow God in from above.
To sum up my thoughts about what I am saying, I can do no more than to continue praying. The greatest enemy to the Church is not the enemy outside but the fallen human nature that inside resides. It is easy to hate, to anger, to be selfish and hurt, but it takes a great saint to love and know that we were crafted from dirt. That humility and chastity and self-sacrifice are needed but wanting, and desires of the flesh, selfishness, and false witness are immediate and daunting.
A Marine hardly knows valor until he is broken down bloodied and pallor. To be devout one’s human nature must be broken down, studied and disgracefully found. Then after lots of study and prayer, one can begin to understand the Father’s affair.
The fundamentalist will hardly know God alive, until he turns from himself and kneels before our King, beats his chest, and cries “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault, have I sinned.”