How many times have you seen this quote by Gandhi:
I love your Christ, but I dislike your Christianity.
You think, “oh, that sounds nice. Yes, me too.” Guess what? He didn’t say it.
Rather, it comes from a review of ]]’ work on Christ in India (missions, not that crazy stuff from Deepak)
A 1926 review by the Reverend W.P. King (then pastor of the First Methodist Church of Gainesville, Georgia) of E. Stanley Jones’s The Christ of the Indian Road (published in 1925 by The Abington Press, New York City) includes the following,
Dr. Jones says that the greatest hindrance to the Christian gospel in India is a dislike for western domination, western snobbery, the western theological system, western militarism and western race prejudice. Gandhi, the great prophet of India, said, “I love your Christ, but I dislike your Christianity.” The embarrassing fact is that India judges us by our own professed standard. In reply to a question of Dr. Jones as to how it would be possible to bring India to Christ, Gandhi replied: First, I would suggest that all of you Christians live more like Jesus Christ. Second, I would suggest that you practice your Christianity without adulterating it. The anomalous situation is that most of us would be equally shocked to see Christianity doubted or put into practice. Third, I would suggest that you put more emphasis on love, for love is the soul and center of Christianity. Fourth, I would suggest that you study the non-Christian religions more sympathetically in order to find the good that is in them, so that you might have a more sympathetic approach to the people.
Well now… But there is more. There is this image:
And I would encourage you to read his words on Christ and Christianity here.
What was his thoughts of Jesus? His Jesus, like many modern Jesuses, was a creation of his own, compared to his own beliefs and shaped in such a way so as to not have a Jesus that conflicted with his Hinduism.
Further, I have a major issue with the views of Gandhi.
He was racist — and anti-semitic, not to mention his colonialism, support of the caste system, and his views of women have kept women oppressed in India. Indeed, would have supported Apartheid. You can find the information here and here.
So, dear Christian, why are you taking the advice about the Church — not even really uttered — of someone like that?