I admit that I am a hypocritical Christian, not the Bible thumping, nose in the air, while shaming you like Cersei taking her atonement walk; no, I am Christian that does not fully buy everything in the Bible or certain practices.
You see, while I am a believer in God and his son, Jesus Christ, I choose not to blindly follow the printed word of God a/k/ka the Bible, shocking I know. I don’t claim to be the perfect representation of what a Christian is, Lord knows I do like my fornication, Hip-Hop, and partaking of natural herbs – no spices – so I won’t dare tell you to get like me, but I do walk my personal walk with the Lord every day.
However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t question my maker or his translated word found in the Bible. As ironic as this may sound, the Christian in me won’t allow me to put too much stock in some of the Bible’s passages. One thing I’ve come to find is that the Bible is like any other book filled with stories, some you may choose to believe and some you may not. But the thing about the Bible that makes it different from other books is that it’s supposed to be inspired by God himself and written through man. However, there are verses in the Bible that make me question man’s interpretation of God’s words.
Verses that instruct people how to treat their slaves, depicting women as second-class citizens and the sometimes problematic “turn the other cheek’ don’t sit right with my soul. Now that’s not to say that I don’t act in a misogynistic manner from time to time (I promise it’s not intentional but it’s the man in me), but how can I as a Christian condemn rappers who call women bitches and hoes when the Bible says “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.” Huh?
Come to think of it King James would make some of today’s rappers blush when it comes to spitting misogynistic bars.
And this is just one of many passages in the Bible that make me press the fast forward button when I get to them. Don’t even get me started on verses like Exodus 21:20-21 ESV “When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod and the slave dies under his hand, he shall be avenged. But if the slave survives a day or two, he is not to be avenged, for the slave is his money.” It’s no wonder the GOP and the Alt-right feel they are justified in their supremacist and racist ideology.
So you can see my trepidation about blindly following the Bible. However, despite my uneasiness with some things in the Bible I still try to obey God’s word particularly the verses that don’t make me feel guilty about being a Christian; because I am still a Christian, even though I am guilty, like most Christians, of choosing what to and what not to follow in the Bible.
What do you think? Do you ever feel conflicted when reading the Bible if you’re a Christian? How does reading verses that don’t sit right with you make you feel?
Talk to me, I’l talk back.
Breazy The Narrator.