Enough of Nice-Nasty Christianity

Christians should stop wielding religion as a tool of oppression, Evette Dionne writes at Clutch magazine. 

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Iyanla Vanzant from Fix My Life (OWN)

Christians should stop wielding religion as a tool of oppression, write Evette Dionne at Clutch magazine.

"The Fighting Temptations" is one of the funniest, tongue-in-cheek depictions of the Pentecostal Baptist church ...

Though Paulina is a caricature, my then 14-year-old brain couldn't comprehend how any Christian could be so devious and conniving. Paulina was the polar opposite of what I was fed in church, so I turned to my mother for answers. My mom's answer was succinct: "All Christians don't follow God's word."

I've held onto my mother's impromptu teaching, adding it to an ever-growing arsenal of lessons about the Christian church's hypocrisies. Her words to me resurfaced this weekend as I watched the latest episode of OWN's "Iyanla, Fix My Life." Spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant was offering guidance to the Pace Sisters, a world-renowned gospel group in crisis ...

Nice-nasty Christianity, similar to Paulina and June's, doesn't embody God. Instead, it further alienates other religious faiths and creates an unlikeable image of Christians.

Read Evette Dionne's entire piece at Clutch magazine.

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