The name Christian depicts one who attempts to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ did not form a religion as such. He formed a “new way” of living, of thinking, of doing to others in life. As Jesus declared himself,

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

We see from the pages of the Bible that Jesus treated all people with the same respect and compassion without regard for status, race, creed or color for Jesus looked at the hearts of men and not at their faces. Even to the point of forgiving those who nailed him to the cross even as they carried out the gruesome task they had been given.

As a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, it is one’s duty to exhibit the same traits, compassion, and understanding toward others as described in the Bible. It is not the duty of a Christian to follow any particular religious form, nor domination of religious group or sect nor to control others.

The followers of Jesus Christ are not part of any theocracy for we are not a government but simple followers of God attempting to do his will in our lives on earth.

It would be misguided to accuse Christianity of being either totalitarianism or authoritarianism, neither of which are allowed of Christians, but which would better describe the communist regimes and dictatorships of the world.

It is the duty of the Christian to know God’s Word and to follow it as closely as humanly possible as we travel through this cruel and evil world.

The goal of the Christian is not to control anyone but to simply inform others of the love that Jesus Christ has for all people, even those who nailed him to the cross.

Jesus’ wish of all people, “not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

I pray that all come to know him!

Mike Mills

Martinsville

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