THE WHITE MAN’S RELIGION?

They tell me I’m a fool for following what they call the white man’s religion. I’m a Christian and proud of it but they tell me I’m being deceived. I just don’t understand why.

It’s my religion that gives me direction to be faithful to my wife and to not lust after other women. It tells me to honor her and cherish her. It clarifies that we are one and we are creating a lifetime of memories that belong to just us.

But they tell me I’m being deceived.

My religion guides me to honor others, to never take what isn’t mine and to give to those in need. My religion guides me to speak the truth, refrain from gossip and use my words to heal and not hurt.

But they tell me I’m being deceived.

My religion guides me in my priorities in life. It warns about living a self-centered life that is only concerned about me and mine. It shows happiness is found in doing for others and when my days on earth are ended, I can look back without regrets that I didn’t do more with my time.

But they tell me I’m being deceived.

My religion guides me away from using narcotics and consuming alcohol. It teaches me to keep my mind free from harmful indulgences. There are no hangovers to lament and no nights I don’t remember. It even gives me guidance in a diet that has been confirmed as ideal by respected health authorities.

But they tell me I’m being deceived.

My religion guides me to seek for justice for those who cannot seek it themselves, to visit the imprisoned and the sick, to not neglect the poor and despised. My biblical role models are those who, at the risk of their own lives, reached out in aid to others. It teaches me the real meaning of happiness.

But they tell me I’m being deceived.

My religion teaches me that there is no one race that is superior – that we are all made in the image of Yahweh. Prejudicial feelings are forbidden which include divisions based on race, lineage, wealth or social advantages. I hold my head high regardless of who is in the room. I’m a child of the King.

But they tell me I’m being deceived.

My religion guides me to live in peace with all men as far as possible. To forgive others in the same manner I need forgiveness. It guides me to have a conscience clear of guilt so that my sleep is sweet and there is peace within.

But they tell me I’m being deceived.

My religion teaches me that all have sinned and the just penalty is death. But thanks be to Jesus Christ, the penalty for my sins have been resolved. The dark mystery of death that awaits us all has been removed. I have an unwavering hope of a future life eternal while I’m currently living an abundant life today.

But they tell me I’m being deceived.

 

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