It shouldn’t make me nervous, but it does.
I am a Christian.
Being a Christian changes the way I think, way I react to situations, decisions I make; but most importantly…
It changes my view of the world & helps me to LOVE instead of hate. But if you’re not a Christian…. let me tell you something.
It does NOT allow me to judge you,
it does NOT allow me to like you any less,
it does NOT make me ANY better then you…
however it DOES allow me to Love you more.
Does that make any sense?
“When outsiders claim that we are unchristian, it is a reflection of this jumbled (and predominately negative) set of perceptions. When they see Christians not acting like Jesus, they quickly conclude that the group deserves an unchristian label. Like a corrupted computer file or a bad photocopy, Christianity, they say, is no longer in pure form, and so they reject it. One quarter of outsiders say therefore most perception of Christianity is that the faith has changed for the worse. It has gotten off-track and is not what Christ intended. Modern-day Christianity no longer seems Christian.”
― David Kinnaman, Unchristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity…and Why It Matters
Its hard to stand firm in my faith surrounded by a world that is so divided. But I stand next to it, everyday. It’s a new battle. Us humans, were so quick to put our guard up. So quick to make our OWN purpose more important then the next. Let me tell you something, friends…It’s about all of us as one. We are all connected. If you’re not religious–it still applies to you. I never try to press my beliefs on you, as it’s not right. But I do want to keep you open to the idea of what I follow.
In 1 Corinthians 16:13 it states; “…do everything in Love.”
& in 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 It says to …”Be Holy Together.”
Guys! We are set apart for a purpose. To Love.
My entire life I have been on a journey of trying to figure out what I am, where I fit in, how people will perceive me.
But it’s always been a part of me. It’s always been there.
I don’t know why it took 25 years of my life to actually grasp my full heart, but it has.
I’ve known it all along, but I’ve been afraid to show it fully.
Letting your guard down, to let strangers in? That’s a scary thing. I know.
But it is SO much scarier to just be in only one in your own world.
God wants us to go into the homes of the broken, relate to the homeless on the streets.
Most people in America, when they are exposed to the Christian faith, are not being transformed. They take one step into the door, and the journey ends. They are not being allowed, encouraged, or equipped to love or to think like Christ. Yet in many ways a focus on spiritual formation fits what a new generation is really seeking. Transformation is a process, a journey, not a one-time decision.”
I find many of my friends on “soul-seeking” journeys which look very beautiful & are full of wonderful moments–I’ve embarked on some of these alone & with them as well. It’s such a great thing to have fellowships & relationships with those who you can relate to & maybe can’t. Everywhere you go is a lesson you’re meant to teach or a place you’re to learn something from.
It’s a hard thing, to share your religion, faith, ever after with someone.. But if you start with Love & a little bit of guidance, you will stand amazed at what unveils in front of your eyes. Reflect God’s Love on a consistent basis & your life will make a statement to those around you.
When you ARE God’s constant Love. When you choose Love above all else—–Love will be drawn to you. You will be put in situations where you’re given the choice to choose Love & you will. It’s a beautiful waterfall effect.
Christians are called to a higher standard, imperfectly. We aren’t perfect, nor should we act like we are. If you’re with me, don’t passively sit by & watch people fall, be the guard rail for them.
& remember do everything in Love.