are you a christian?

are you a christian?

to be a christian,
you must love jesus.

to love jesus,
you must treat outcasts,
the poor, the homeless, the sick,
orphans, teen parents, single parents,
the elderly, those who are differently abled,
“minorities,” immigrants, the lgbtq community,
muslims, jews, buddhists, hindus, sikhs,
sex workers, addicts, lawyers, telemarketers
as you would treat christ;

you must treat your enemies,
democrats, republicans,
hillary clinton, monica lewinsky,
barack obama, donald trump,
mahatma gandhi, adolf hitler,
the dalai lama, the pope,
as you would treat christ;

you must treat your family,
your parents, your siblings, your in-laws,
your partner, your children,
those you never knew, those you will not meet,
even yourself,
as you would treat christ;

you must treat nature,
the earth, the oceans, the atmosphere,
the trees, the animals, all habitats,
this entire planet,
as you would treat christ.

now, answer honestly,
are you a christian?

is anyone?

© Rylan Skelly, November 2018


About the Author: I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions – Eastern, Western, or in between; I’m genderqueer, and I’m comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I’m married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; I think far too much, and often have too many ideas to know what to do with; and I am a doing being, just like you!

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I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions - Eastern, Western, or in between; I'm genderqueer, and I'm comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I'm married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; and I am a doing being, just like you!

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