I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe that I’m justified by faith. But I go even one step further. I try to live as Jesus would live. I try to walk as Jesus would walk. I don’t do it to perfection like He did. I fail all the time. But I try. The disciples showed us how to live. When you don’t live the lifestyle of Jesus, when you don’t show your faith through your works, then that’s not Christianity.
I know that’s a very strong view, but I believe it, man. Our view of Christianity has been tainted. So many people are angry at Christians because of all the different things Christians have done, whether it’s rioting, or being haters of homosexuality.
Think of that Westboro Baptist Church, the wackos from Topeka. They go around protesting at military funerals, and they think that’s the life of Jesus? That’s not the life of Jesus. I don’t even want to be labeled in the same group as them. If they’re calling themselves Christians, then I’m not one. Because that’s not what it means to be a Christian. “Christian” means “little Christ.” That’s what it means. If I’m a Christian, then I should strive to be a representation of Christ. And Westboro Baptist? That’s not what Jesus would do. That just ain’t it.
I would challenge the Westboro Baptists. I would say, “You call yourselves followers of Jesus Christ? You show me. You show me where it says that this is how He handled grief and death. You show me. When He hung with prostitutes and when He hung with sinners, you show me where He said that God hates them and wants their children to die. You think that He would go stand outside cemeteries and protest? You think that He would just hurt people? For what? He didn’t do that! He didn’t condemn those who were dead. He actually resurrected them. He didn’t condemn the families of the dead. He wept with them. He didn’t sit out there and tell people that they deserved to die. He just didn’t say that!”
This is a perversion. These people, they’re not Christians, man, they’re whack jobs. And that’s what they need to know. I know that’s harsh, but the reality of it is, I’m zealous for that stuff. I believe those are the people that Jesus beat. He saw them outside the Temple and He got so mad that He grabbed whips and beat them. He was saying, “You are misrepresenting who we are and who I am.”
I’ve written before about the aroma of Christ. If I’m doing the faith and works thing the right way, then when people are around me, they feel peace. Or they feel joy. There’s that aroma. That’s the life of Jesus.
I’m pretty sure that there’s no aroma flowing off those people from Westboro Baptist. There’s a stench that flows off of them maybe, but not an aroma. That’s the difference. I want the aroma of Christ, not the stench of man-made religion.
A lot of people look at Christians now and say, “You don’t love well, you don’t serve well. You claim to be Christians, but you hate. You don’t love.”
I believe that’s why you’re starting to see a lot of people distance themselves from Christianity. How often do you ask someone if they’re a Christian, and they say something like, “Uhhh, I’m not really wanting to admit I’m a Christian, but I can tell you I’m a follower of Jesus Christ.” The whole “Christian” thing is really a tough concept right now. It might be hard these days to say you’re a Christian. But a follower of Jesus Christ? Absolutely, that’s what I am.