I disagree. When one joins a group one represents that group and the group is affected by anything the individual does. By Chrisitnity refusing to disown anyone, they are accepting and supporting those individuals. Just like Washington supports political corruption.<quoted text>Right
We are ambassadors for his message
Our actions do not reflect on Him
Our failures are our own
And they don't reflect on hundreds of millions of people whom we have never net nor they us
If someone acts poorly they make their own portrayal of their faith look bad. Nobody else's nor the faith itself.
It may be human nature to make others guilty by association. That some will choose to decide it is a reflection of a whole is a reality. Just as racism or bigotry is a reality. But it doesn't change the fact that the only person whose actions are representative of us the individual
What if a black community leader does something bad? Is it fair to say he has made all black community leaders look bad? That he has made his black community look bad? Does a politician who is literally called a representative make all his constituents look bad when he does something wrong even though they had no foreknowledge of his actions and many may not approve?
Whether it is race, religion, government, etc the rules don't change. We all answer for our own actions. And nobody else does.
IMHO Those who claim to be Christians and do not attempt to follow His teachings are virtually spitting on Jesus.
They are IMHO traitors to that to which they pledged their lives and souls.