Compromise: you pray for me, I’ll pray for you | Letter to the Editor

The following is in response to “It’s a mistake to assume all in U.S. are Christians”, Courier-Herald, Aug. 19.

I have never stated or implied that all in the U.S. are Christian; a majority are probably not (Biblically speaking).

The term “Christian,” unless defined, can mean or be tagged to anything. Example: “The Holy Order of the Christian Slug” – an extreme example I know, but one that might catch on in the Northwest.

As for the pesky 11th Commandment, my Bible says God wrote 10 on tablets of stone and in this age of grace Jesus condensed them down to two. Maybe it was written on the back?

As for the First Amendment, I am exercising it right now. What a great country! I hope it remains that way.

Jesus was not a Christian, you are correct. He is, however, the chief cornerstone of the Christian faith (Christian means Christ follower). Concerning Leviticus 11, Jesus said he was the fulfillment of the law and I accept that. Thirty-three thousand different Christian denominations, wow, that’s quite a few. I would refer you to “terms defined.” Judaism purports to go back to the beginning of all things. Jesus taught this and as my Lord I believe him. Islam is 200 to 300 maybe 400 years after Jesus, depends on who you read.

M. Thornton, maybe your anger would be better directed against the followers of a belief system that advocates burning people alive, throwing them off buildings, cutting off limbs, etc.

As far as being a member of “that judgmental Christian group,” I’m simply repeating what Jesus referred to as the narrow way (judging by what is happening to Christians around the world I think I have chosen well). You, M. Thornton, have chosen what I believe Jesus referred to as the broad way.

Let’s leave it at this: you pray for me and I will pray for you. Jesus, I’m sure, would want that.

Tom Woodward

Bonney Lake