by: the Common Constitutionalist
This one may offend some, so for that, I apologize – although not for the content.
Most understand what is meant by an a-la-carte Christian. I would venture to say that many Christians world-wide are of the a-la-carte variety. For those unfamiliar with the term, an a-la-carte Christian is one who doesn’t adhere entirely to the teachings of Christ – they are not faithful to the Ten Commandments.
Inevitably, most of us Christians have at one time or another failed to live up to those Commandments. But this every once in while human failing is not the definition of an a-la-carte Christian. There is a big difference between slipping up from time to time and making a conscious decision to ignore any Commandment.
The Ten Commandments is not a take-out menu, where one may simply select one dish and not another. They all called Commandments – not the Ten Suggestions. For this reason, as an example, I would describe any so-called Christian who is pro-abortion as a-la-carte. Sure, he or she doesn’t lie, cheat, steal, etc., but “You shall not murder” is pretty cut and dry – and by the way, the proper wording of the Sixth Commandment is “murder,” not “You shall not kill,” as many have come to believe. Or maybe another description would be, yes I believe in the Christian God, so therefore I am a Christian, but I steal cars for a living. The two just don’t go together.
Being Christian is more than just acknowledging the existence of Christ. A-la-carte Christians may call themselves Christians, but if they don’t at least try to adhere to God’s law, they really aren’t.
Unfortunately the same can be said of Muslims, only for them, it is the flip-side. So-called moderate Muslims can really no more call themselves real followers of Islam and the Prophet than can al-a-carte Christians say the same of their religion.