Toxic Christianity

Christianity, in its many forms, is often thought to be the foundation of worldwide morality, particularly in America. Growing up in a Christian household and being heavily involved in my church, I once adamantly agreed with this idea. God tells us to love people, often to the point of extensive personal sacrifice. How can it get more moral than that? I never liked the idea of “religion.” I always viewed my faith as a relationship with God. But, when that relationship is on less-than-perfect terms and there is nothing to turn to but the Word of God and fellow Christians’ interpretations, you realize just how politically toxic Christianity is and why so many people turn away when they see us coming down the street. We tend to think we’re enlightened, but I would strongly disagree.
About a year ago, I decided to reevaluate my beliefs and values. I wanted to determine if they were what I truly believed, or if they were only what I was familiar with. I learned more than I ever thought possible. The first, and possibly most important, thing I learned is why, to some people, Christians are intimidating and unappealing. I always thought God’s main mission for us was to love, unconditionally and without judgement. Boy, was I wrong! I quickly learned that a lot of the atmosphere associated with Christians and church is the exact opposite. A veil, of sorts, was lifted, and showed me how awful some Christians treat people who don’t agree with their views. For a group of people founded on the belief of pure love, Christians have a lot of restrictions on how that is to be carried out. Christians are notorious for plucking two or three Bible verses (often out of context) to support their politically charged beliefs, rather than doing the one and only thing God has given us authority to do in His name: love. During my reevaluation process, the church services full of passion and worship I once enjoyed, suddenly, seemed so fake. I knew of a few particular people at my church who were the most passionate worshipers. They were nearly exalted within the church for their ability to quote the Bible, hold others accountable for their sins, and do good deeds. What I saw now was them using the Bible as a weapon instead of an instrument of hope as it was intended, judging everyone for sins without any form of self-accountability, and bragging about nice things they do for the sole purpose of self-glorification. Second, I learned that Christians are typically the most hypocritical people on the planet. Yes, I see the irony, but bear with me. In my experience, Christians tend to think it’s okay to sin, if THEY feel it is permitted, or they feel it’s “God’s calling.” With that logic, anything is permissible, as long as I say it’s an order from God. Christians get away with this exact thing constantly. For example, it is seen as a sin to be gay. It is also a sin to judge people and play God when it comes to others’ sins, but for some reason the presence of the former, permits the ladder? Christian logic. For another example of this, refer to Christian music artist Lauren Daigle, and how the Christian community came together to savagely bash her for choosing to appear on the Ellen DeGeneres show, instead of encouraging her in her mission to reach those not familiar with the Christian message. The majority of the comments from “moral Christians” were things like, “you’re going to hell,” “you’re a sellout,” or “you’re fake.”
Christianity has become a hostile, judgmental, unloving idea that people of that “faith” are somehow anointed to make everyone else feel like they are “less than.” It has become the exact opposite of what Christianity is supposed to be and, after extensive evaluation, I have determined that, for me, Christianity is toxic and not beneficial to its followers or its victims.