When the term 'Christian' is used to define the values of a person it generally means a follower of the pseudo-biblical values that were constructed and implemented by the leaders of 'Christianity" to keep the masses in line and have NOTHING to do with the message of Christ. In other words, rules of pomposity and slavery to a set of values that were constructed by men to control men and women who chose to believe in their utter bull.
Learning and living the true message of Christ is to love God and love your neighbor; which is basically a summation ofthe Ten Commandments. Are your actions in the world demonstrating that you love God? Are you listening to Divine guidance each and every day? Are obeying that guidance and bringing Divine love into the world? Do you love your neighbor enough to help them become the best that they can be? Are you supportive of them and their goals and are you there for them when they need you? Or do just agree with what Christ said and go about your way doing what is just necessary for you to survive?
Loving God and others are the deep-seated ‘Christian’ values that Christ taught; not being pompous and judgmental of others that don’t believe as you believe to the point that you tryto control, dominate and manipulate their lives. That is blatantly operating from your ego and NOT the Spirit of God.
Ego only cares to protect itself. It cares not for others and it will dismiss their needs in favor of self-survival. Only when you allow the inner Spirit of God to guide your steps will you be able free yourself from the constraints of the ego. The ego is not a bad thing. It has a job to do. It is your job to keep it in its place. Allow the Divine to steer your way and stop following the selfish yearnings of your ego and what it thinks is right and wrong. Move toward that which guides everyone over that which looks only to itself for all of the answers.
Stop defending the ‘rights’ of people to hurt, kill and ride herd over others. Stop defending that which does NOT contribute to life in favor of what takes it away. It is your choice to live from the stench of your selfish ego or the divine fragrance of the Spirit of God. Be ye therefore perfect! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)