Frightened by Christians

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It has been an interesting day and you will find out all about it tomorrow or the next day when I finish writing about it, but life is never dull for Padre Steve. Thank you as always for your taking the time to read what I put out here. Time is valuable, we only get so much of it, so I do appreciate your readership. This is an article I wrote about six months ago, an article that does kind of tie into what I will be writing about soon, something that will be a bombshell; so hold your horses and get ready to ride.
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“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Mahatma Gandhi

I expect that this article might make some people uncomfortable but it is something that I need to write.

I am a Christian. I am a Priest and I am a Navy Chaplain. But for the most part I am afraid of Christians. There are many reasons for this. Some are more general in the way I see Christians treat others; their own wounded as well as non-believers, the political machinations of pastors and “Christian” special interest groups masquerading as ministries.

But most of why I am afraid is because what I have experienced at the hand of many Christians, some of whom I had counted as friends many of whom are pastors, priests or chaplains. To experience rejection or being shamed by people that you thought were friends is very…

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  1. Steve, do you know to whom Gandhi spoke those words ?
    As a retired United Methodist clergy of 37+ years pastoring in the Oklahoma Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, I was honored and humbled to spend a spiritual weekend (Ashram) with that “gentleman saint” who was a good friend and spiritual confidant of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. E Stanley Jones, Missionary to India for 39 years.
    Dr. Jones befriended Gandhi and, through their years of friendship, sought to bring him to follow Christ. Mahatma Gandhi’s reply that you italicized was in response to Dr. Jones’ entreaty to him to become a Christian.

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