to come as a horrible surprise to some Church going folk when they
eventually die and get to stand in front of God only to find the
ol' guy is butt naked! If the Bible is to be believed there is
every reason to believe that he could be, after all God didn't
cloth Adam and Eve. In the book of Genesis we're told "The
man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame." It
was only when Adam and Eve committed the 'original sin' did they
suddenly feel the need to cover their naked bodies.
the fact that under our clothes we're all naked, Christian Church
going folks are still easily offended by the site
of skin. In fact their need to feel offended often stretches beyond
actual nudity and to words to describe body parts. For example a
lot of Christians cringe uncomfortable when they hear words like
tits, boobs, ass, etc.
I'm not saying that I feel we should all throw
off our clothes and walk around naked, that's a ridiculous notion.
For starters we're
not all models are we. I mean try to imagine everyone in your Church
naked, singing praise and worship songs as naked as the day they
were born. With that thought in mind it's easy to see how a Christian
might be offended by the prospect of naked flesh.
I suppose what I am trying to say is that there are surely better
things in life for a good God fearing Christian churchgoer to get
wound up about other than a little bit of nakedness?
I heard recently
that a Christian looked at a comment I made on a friends blog about
Boobs" and managed to conclude from that I was a "pervert".
Perhaps this person doesn't understand the actual meaning of this
word. It is widely misused by Christians to describe anyone who
is open and honest about their sexuality. My comment was just harmless
banter in which I humorously admitted to liking "big boobs". The
comment was was taken in the vein in which is was meant by everyone
else who was involved in the discussion apart from
Christian who felt the need to imminently label me as some kind
On reflection I should have expected such a reaction. The comment
was made by an older lady who I would, perhaps equally as unfairly,
label a 'stay-at-home Christian.' In other words the kind of Christian
that lives in a world that revolves around their church and the
safety that provides.
In truth I can understand why a Christian might retreat to a life
shielded by the church and the shelter it offers from the world
outside. When the mention of "big boobs" is cause for offense then
it's not hard to see why a Church environment might be a little
more appealing to some. But God himself said "GO
OUT and make disciples of all men." In the real world, the
modern world, people talk openly about things they might not ordinarily
Church, but if making disciples of all men is a command from
God then surely some of these easily offended Christians could
woman who described me as a pervert, after reading just that one
comment by me, shows that she is not only unable
to see humor,
that she also quick to pass a quite damning judgment. Her words
not only show her up but also reflect badly on ALL those
Sadly this woman's attitude is an example of precisely
the reason why I am unlikely to return to Church. Though my belief
God is as real today as it was the day I 'gave my life' I can't
have any confidence in the Church as a place to find community
love and support for my faith. Instead it seems to be a rigid body
people who all work harder at "avoiding the appearance of
than actually doing anything good.