Because it bears repeating, and because this is an incredibly important piece of who I am and want to keep this in a safe place where I can refer to it, here is my explanation (as posted on the great Facebook debates of 2009) as to why I no longer call myself a "Christian":
I believe God is love. I love God. I believe that the greatest motivation in ALL we do should be this LOVE.
I believe in Jesus Christ and the fact that He is the Son of God and gave the ultimate sacrifice of His life to redeem mine and that He is alive today to walk with me on this journey of life.
God is worthy of all my love, affection, and worship. God (LOVE) is the ONLY thing worth dying for. And this is based on years of research and study, life experience, and observation of humanity.
God's spirit breathes life into me everyday and makes all things new.
As a human I fail frequently. I don't have anything figured out and I'm okay with that. God is my guide and my love and my life.
But no, I've seen Christianity, and it looks like division and derision, and I'm just not interested. Things are never as simple as we wish they were.
Black & White ultimately fade to Gray.