How Can We Know Them?
Reader J Michael said yesterday:
PLEASE don't lump all Christians together as you did in the original post. Surely you know that we Christians are a very diverse lot. .... Please remember that just because some people (throughout history) have managed to turn their Christianity into the opposite of what Jesus intend, doesn't mean all Christians are guilty.
J Michael does make a valid point, but there's a problem. Christians don't come with labels delineating whether one is a True Christian or a Bu$hCo Chri$tian. Are we to use the old adage about knowing them by their actions? What if there aren't any actions to go by?
In [Isaiah Chapter 59 -3,4] it is said that "For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue muttereth wickedness. None sueth in righteousness, and none pleadeth in truth; they trust in vanity, and speak lies, they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity." Too many Christians fall into this representation, and it's hard to locate those to which J Michael refers.
So what is a web pundit to do to know when a True Christian is located? Last time I checked, Radio Shack didn't sell Christianity meters. So I throw the ball back into the court of those who doth protest (Let's trust that it isn't too much!)
ARE there separations among Christians? How would we KNOW?
Mary's post below points out some of the problems in this effort.