Anne Rice told us she quit Christianity on her Facebook (FB) page. She refuses to be anti-democrat, anti-feminist, anti-gay, anti-secular humanism, and so on. To her, Christianity as an institution is “infamous.” If that word does not resonate, remember what FDR said when he asked congress to declare war on Japan!
Is Christianity infamous? William Lobdell, a former L.A. Times staff writer, lost his religion while he reported on religion in America. Why and how could he lose something so precious? Evidently, it had much to do with what he observed in others: “With their mouths they claim that Jesus is Lord, but with their actions they demonstrate their allegiance to money, sex, and personal self-fulfillment” (http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary).
Christianity becomes “infamous” when people who call themselves Christian live like those who make no declaration of such. We see where the problem actually lies, and this we’ve always known. It is not the Lord – it is and always has been the people who fail to live as our Lord did.
What is a Christian? A Christian is one who follows Christ, though not physically. One who follows the Lord actually walks the spiritual path He walked. The path He “blazed” is clearly laid-out and well-lit. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the word “Christian” as one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ. If a Christian is a follower of Christ, what should Christianity be, but the same thing? However, according to Rice and Lobdell, it is not. No doubt, Anne Rice and William Lobdell have a case to be made when they look and observe those who call themselves Christian.
Anne Rice, and others like her, wants a religion where they can pick and choose. She wants to cast off that which is contrary to her preferences and hold on to that which she likes; she is an adherent to a religious potpourri. William Lobdell allowed, evidently, the failings of others to direct his ultimate steps. In both cases, they started with the wrong foundation – their own. In her FB post, Anne Rice said that she is committed to Christ, but she is not a Christian. I wonder if she really knows the meaning (definition) of the word Christian.
When the Lord walked on this earth, he stood for one thing: the truth. The truth is not a vague sort of ideas, but it is the very expression of God. When Jesus stood for this, by necessity, there would be things He opposed. That which He opposed would be any and all standards associated or originating in this world. If Jesus is opposed to anything, and we know that He is, would Ms. Rice oppose it if it went contrary to her own opinion? Evidently not!