But reading the words of Christ it seems to me that he intended to create a faith of people who were inclusive. He said “Love one another,” and he lived it while hanging out with the “dregs” of society.
Christ came not to condemn (John 3:17) and told us frankly not to judge (Matthew 7:1), and yet Sunday after Sunday so-called men of God thunder messages of condemnation and judgement from their pulpits.
I think it is very important to note that Christ’s only recorded words of condemnation were aimed squarely at the religious leadership.
How have we as followers of this man fallen so far from the ideals that he taught?
I was impressed by a monologue found at the end of the movie “Chocolat;”
“I think that we can’t go around measuring our goodness by what we don’t do. By what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think we’ve got to measure goodness by what we create and who we include.”