(Full disclosure – the thoughts expressed here in part came from an article written by Stephen Mattison in Sojourners Magazine.)
Recently in the news we have heard Christian authors, pastors, celebrities, institutions declare – under the banner of “Christianity” – what is politically right and what is wrong, who is good and bad, who we should vote for and how we should act and who controls our bodies and sex lives.
What is the point of Christianity if believers actively oppose immigrants from pursuing a better life? Human beings that are created in the image of God.
What is the point of Christianity if we worship a Jewish Messiah from the Middle East while discriminating and legislating against people of different religions, cultures and economic backgrounds?
What is the point of Christianity if you celebrate a creator God while destroying the environment?
God is not glorified by preventing refugees from having an avenue of escape.
God is not glorified by deporting immigrants.
God is not glorified by xenophobia
God is not glorified by sexism
God is not glorified by systemic racism
God is not glorified by fear, hate, shame or pride.
So, what is the point of Christianity? To, best as we can, live a Christ like life. Jesus did not follow the mainstream culture of his time. For us today, the point of Christianity, is to be humbly serving others, defending the powerless, pushing back on oppression and radically loving those around you.