Since creating "Christians Tired of Being Misrepresented", we've had the pleasure of meeting people from all walks of life. Funny thing is, when you actually stop and get to know people, you start to realize that you have more in common than you thought.
To all my Christian friends out there, I'd like you to read the following scripture taken from 2 Corinthians 6:14. It reads as follows, "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?"
That scripture has compelled us to run away or turn away from anyone who makes the claim that they don't believe in God. Yet, Jesus clearly instructs us to love our neighbor. If we see someone who needs a shirt, give them your shirt. He didn't instruct us to first ask what that person believed or didn't believe. What if an Atheist gave the shirt instead? Would Jesus rebuke him/her because they didn't accept Him as savior or believe in Him? Of course not. Love involves communication, interaction, and involvement - not rejection.
I propose that being unequally yoked with unbelievers has new meaning in the 21st Century. Do you believe that Christians and Atheists can have common ground? Do you believe that everyone has the freedom to worship, or not worship,in this country? Do you believe that the Lesbian, Homosexual, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender population should be given the same human rights in the pursuit of happiness as you do? Do you believe in the separation of church and state as a way to protect everyone's religious and non-religious rights?
If you answered NO to any of those questions, then I propose that you are an unbeliever. A believer is someone who isn't fearful of people who don't hold the same beliefs as you do, or don't believe, because you have confidence in your faith in Jesus Christ. You understand that God is much bigger than the one Christianity defines.
What fellowship does righteousness have with lawlessness? Nothing. Righteousness loves people enough to ensure that everyone has the freedom to find God in their own way or to allow everyone the freedom not to believe in a God. Lawlessness takes place when you dictate, indoctrinate, mandate that everyone must believe exactly the way you do. Lawlessness is fed by fear.
What communion has light with darkness? Nothing. Light allows you to see the whole picture, the whole person, the true view of what is before you. If you are in fear, it is because you don't see the whole picture - you are in darkness.
That brings me to the word "Secular". In the Christian community, that word brings with it the connotation of evil, darkness, wickedness. That's because not many of us Christians take the time to shed light on that word.
~ Sec·u·lar [sek-yuh-ler] - adjective - (1) of or pertaining to worldly things or to things that are not
regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred; temporal: secular
interests. (2) not pertaining to or connected with religion.
Does that mean someone who says they are secular (i.e. atheist, humanist, agnostic) have no values, no love, no compassion, no morals? That's what most Christians think. How blinded by darkness we are if that is what we think. That's whyCToBM has decided to partner with Be Secular.
"Be Secular" is not against religion. They are against religion in government, religion being used to control the masses, discriminate against people, and as a shield for abuse. They welcome anyone who can separate their personal faith/lack of faith from what is best for everyone....a secular government that neither favors nor condemns religion. A secular government ensures that if a Muslim became President, they would not push that religion on the country. If an Atheist became President, citizens would not be forced to renounce their faith. It's that simple.
If you are a believer in ensuring that the United States of America protects the freedom of religion, the freedom to not believe in God, the freedom to be a nation of people with diversity, not dictated by Christianists, then take a moment and visit this link: http://www.besecular.com/CToBM. If you buy a braclet or shirt, you will be making the above statement and 50% of the proceeds will be directed to CToBM.