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If by Christian...

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Generally speaking, I never left the church. I'd say the church left me. I remained anchored in the spirituality of the Good News that transcends all understanding, free from attachments to cultural Christianity. If that earns me scorn, ostracization, false accusations, persecution, thrown into jail, and left to rot, great. I’m in good company.

You may ask if I am a Christian, but you may spurn my answer. It really depends upon what you mean by “Christian.”

If by Christian you mean one who lowers biblical standards enough to appear as if upright, who is quick to anger and slow to listen to defend their cause, who claims “love thy neighbor” is a good thing but shows little lovingkindness toward others, who admits they’re a sinner but audaciously claims to know what’s best for all, who rarely empathizes with those different from themselves, or who acts as if their beliefs always matter more than the beliefs of others, then no, I am not a Christian.

But if by Christian you mean one who models their life on that First Century preacher, who mirrors that powerfully affirming love, who demonstrates discipline by not seeking immediate gratification, who dares to take the perspective of those who are different, who respects the beliefs of others as important ways to learn from each other, who listens first and looks where they can help the needs of others, then yes, I am a Christian.

This is my firm stand, and I will not equivocate. Ultimately, it’s not about what you or I believe, but what we actually do for each other unto appreciable love. Agree?

Steph is a self-described transspirit, which is a kind of sacred misfit. By transcending conventional limits—gender norms, religious identities, political polarities, and more—Steph experiences a unique connection in life. And suspects others do as well. This blog shares that spirituality, and affirms others of a similar state of being.

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