Michael Baisden Commentary: I’m not a Christian, but…
I’m not a Christian but I was raised with principles, values, and a belief that there was a power greater than myself, not a power to be feared but to be used as a resource to help overcome adversity, to tap into my creativity, and to achieve great things.
We get so caught up in religious labels that we forget that some of the worse atrocities known to mankind have been done in the name of religion, or justified by it. T…hat’s not to say that religion is all bad, but in the hands of evil and egotistical men it can be a powerful tool to abuse and control those who are unwilling to think for themselves.
Besides, what does a person’s religion say about them anyway? Does it mean he’s a good man or that she’s a good woman? Does your partner’s religion guarantee you that she won’t cheat or that he won’t go upside your head with his fist?
Look, I respect my Christian family, as well as Muslims, Buddhist, Jews, Mormons, etc.. but don’t think for one second that by identifying yourself as such or bragging about your church or pastor that you will gain my respect or trust.
Some people think you should be defined by how much you tithe or how often you attend church. But my attitude is this, show me your friends, your relationship with your partner and children, how you impact your community, and how you treat those who are less fortunate and I’ll tell you how close to God you are. When it’s all said and done, it’s about behavior not belief. ~ Michael Baisden
Inspired by the chapter, Stop Playing With God, in my new book, Raise Your Hands If You Have Issues.