Thursday, September 20, 2007
Christianity. Its a funny thing really. I've said this before to many people, but I don't consider myself a very "religious" person. I will be the first one to admit that I respect myself. I have morals and have set standards for myself that I wish to uphold and pass on to my future children one day. Not everyone does though, and I don't consider myself judgemental, however, everyone makes judgements, we're humans. To say that you don't would in most cases be a fib. Another funny concept is hypocracy. Can you honestly say to yourself that you have never been a hypocrite in one way or another? Now think deep, REAL deep. I know that I have, not purposely, but unknowingly and now looking back I realize the error of my ways. BUT, again, we are humans. We are ALL hypocrites really, no one is perfect.
Back to religion. It's easy to believe something, or say that you believe it, but it's hard to really live it. I know because I battle this everyday. I like to believe that I have my own personal relationship with God, I don't go to church because of the people there, because as we have already recognized most all humans are hypocrites. I do however, go to better my relationship with God. Not pointing any fingers whatsoever, but consider me standing on my soapbox... It bothers me when I hear another say that they don't attend church because christian are all hypocrites. In my opinion, again, a very ignorant statement... one goes or should go to church for themselves not people, right? Or at least in my book. SO not a valid excuse, im sorry.
I'm what most would call straight-edge. I don't drink or smoke or do any sorts of drugs, not only because they are extremely harmful, addictive and useless, but also because of my personal beliefs. A Christian is to be "Christ-like" meaning to follow after the life of Christ. Christ did not drink, nor did he smoke/snort anything so I will try my hardest not to as well. Yea and the "He turned water into wine" argument, wine then wasn't the same as wine now completely different so that is completely invalid, sorry to break it to you. I'm a Christian and I believe in the Bible therefore, neither do I. I think this goes along with the whole hypocracy rant... if I were to drink/smoke in front of someone who didn't know any better and then label myself "Christ-like" wouldn't that be defeating the purpose? it's kind of leading them astray in such. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to sit there and point fingers at anyone, to each their own, but this is in my life, and what I believe. Lets try not to twist words and take things out of context eh? Again, I don't judge, at least I try my best not to.
God is Love; an extremely true statement. God loves you so he instructs you of how you should live your life...so you won't go to hell right? He loves everyone and won't reject anyone...but people do reject him. All the time. When you choose certain abomidanable lifestyles over other more common sense lifestyles... well I think you get the point. I don't look down upon homosexuals, but I do think it's wrong. I have many gay friends, I love them just the same. But do I agree with their lifestyle? no. and will I tell them my opinion? yes, will I point fingers and say that they are going to hell? no, well at least not in so many words. I agree that how you say things to a person determines their decisions and their opinions about you. I will share with them why I believe what I believe and hope that the Lord allows it to pull on their heart strings enough to understand and maybe change the direction in which they are headed. If they don't then that's their perogative, but I think it is our job as Christians who are to spread Gods Word to let our light shine to all. We can't just say "God loves you no matter what" and allow them to go on living the way they are living because then they believe that it's ok when in reality it's a choice that they have made, that can be deferred.
According to the Bible, Jesus used to hang out with the sinners. He didn't sin with them, but he told him the truth, loved them and then proceeded to tell them "go and sin no more". This mimics what we as christians are supposed to do. Love them and share with them waht we believe. What they choose to do with that is their choice but at least we planted a seed sotospeak.I'm not going to force it on anyone, i'm not like that, or at least I try not to be. again, don't take this wrong, I don't hold hard feelings against anyone, or judge their actions becuase honestly it's none of my stinkin beeswax =]
I'll post more tomorrow...I think I'm in the mood to go see my hubby.