Apparently my recent letter in The Advocate has spawned an ongoing discussion about who is or isn’t an authentic Christian.
May I stir the pot a bit? The Bible doesn’t need or require my endorsement, so I’ll refrain from quoting Scripture as many have done. I think a major flaw in modern Christianity is the ability for an individual to simply “crown” themselves a Christian. For one to state, “I gave my heart to Jesus” or “I believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus” may be a good start to becoming a genuine Christian, but make no mistake, our actions tell the real story.
I go through a little mental exercise sometimes in which I try to picture people I’ve known who’ve passed away. As I wonder if they made it to Heaven, I consider the lives they led. I’ve known people who have “trusted Jesus as their Savior” who also literally hated people of other races or even people who simply had a different perspective than they. Did they make it to Heaven?
My detractors are ready to pounce, just waiting for me to stand in judgment of such a person.
Therefore, I’ll express my opinion in the following statement: “If I, John Singleton, harbor hatred towards anyone and make no effort to repent of such hatred, I have no expectation of seeing Heaven.” Fair enough?