What did Ghandi Think?
"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
I think this may be part of the problem. What problem? You know, why most folks don't think they want to be Christians. The Christians may be giving Christ a bad rap. Some people get introduced to Christ, but they never really hang around long enough to get to know him. Thus they never really get to be anything like him.
If you're a Christian spend a little time with Christ and find out what he is really all about. (Back off. I'm preaching to myself. This is my summer project: attempting to find the real Jesus in the stories he left us.) Read (as I am) the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and the book of Acts over a few times to be reminded what Jesus really did say to his followers. To see what the little band of believers did to become more like him. This is what people thought of the early church:
...everyone had high regard for them[the followers of Christ]. And more and more people believed and were brought to the Lord--crowds of both men and women.~Acts 5:13-14 (NLT)
Wow! If we were more like they were, (more like Jesus Christ is,) Ghandi might have become a follower of Christ in more than just admiration.
If you're not a Christian then let me say this, please forgive me for judging you. I look at people and think I know them when I don't. Forgive me for when I was deceitful toward you. Did I lie to you or about you? Forgive me. I get scared and say things that I shouldn't, when I am just trying to protect myself or whoever it is that I think I am. Were you hungry and I didn't get you anything to eat? I'm sorry. I get so busy trying to pay the bills that I ran up, that I forget there are hungry people in the world. Did I abuse you? Did I ignore the fact that you were being abused? Forgive me. Did I look the other way when you were hurting? Please forgive me. No, I have no right to be forgiven. I was wrong. I was wrong toward you and I was wrong toward my God. A lot of people get a bad idea about who Jesus Christ is and what his followers are like and will not listen to his message because of people like me. I'm sorry. I haven't done a very good job of representing Christ.
If you ever want to know the simple message of Jesus Christ, when you are ready, let me know. I will not get it tangled up with my politics or with my preconceptions about others.