There is no place for hate in Christianity

Growing up, I bounced from church to church and other places of worship as my family was divided between religions. Although I was never forced to believe in anything, I was strongly encouraged to live a life based on the Catholic faith and constantly struggled with the dilemma of following one thing or another.

Later, the pressure to believe in a god or to follow certain doctrines caused my relationship with God to become more and more distant over time. When I became a teenager, all I heard seemed like too much work. As a result, my thoughts and actions were now considered evil. I lost interest in going to church because I just didn’t care to listen.

Almost eight years ago, while I was enduring difficulties, I found myself in a church after being invited by my mother. The moment I entered this church, nothing changed. I wasn’t “on fire,” and neither were any of the other sinners sitting next to me. On the contrary, I felt welcomed and loved by a blanket of human warmth that makes me feel like I belong.

That day I understood what Christianity is – and that it takes a humble and willing heart to experience it.

When I first heard that there was a group of Christians on campus, I was surprised and excited to hear how they would explain the gospel to others. In my mind, all I could think about was that if it made such a difference in my life, I could only imagine what it would be for others too.

But, I was quickly disappointed by their actions. These members of the Key of David Christian Center only intended to terrorize students on campus.

One of the first things I learned about being a Christian was that it’s not just about memorizing Bible verses and pointing fingers at people. As a Christian, one must be a follower of Christ. What the Key of David Christian Center does on public campuses does not represent the ministry of Jesus.

Make no mistake, the majority of sins listed in their signs are and always will be considered sins in the Bible. But, some of them have been taken out of context.

The band members, for example, were Show off one of the verses in the book of Hebrews, chapter 12, but they didn’t seem to have read the next verse in Hebrews 12:15, which says, “See that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; let no ‘root of bitterness’ grow and cause trouble, and by it many become defiled.

Honestly, I want to believe that their intentions are genuine and come from a place of pure solidarity. But even if it was, Jesus did not come to this world to condemn it, but to save it by his death.

They called the students “whores,” as if Jesus hadn’t sat with prostitutes. They shouted hateful things as if Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross wasn’t just about love. They posed as righteous while snatching the possibility of a true relationship with Christ for all who looked upon them.

They forgot to admit that they too are sinners. They forgot to say, “I too have disappointed God. They forgot to say that Hell is a bad place because it is not only a place full of flames and sinners, but Hell is a place where you are eternally separated from Christ. It doesn’t look like a night out with friends, it doesn’t look like Dante’s “Inferno”, but I sure don’t want to know what it looks like and I hope you don’t either.

I feel compelled to say that what happened on campus on January 25 is not a true portrayal of Christianity; it was rather a raging and aggressive show of faith. It was disrespectful, hateful and definitely a far cry from the freedom that a true encounter with God can give you.

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