As a culture or maybe even on a larger scale, people misconstrue the word “Christian.” The way they picture a Christian is: a bible freak, typically judgmental, someone who doesn’t drink/smoke/swear/or any other sin and the list goes on. But just to be clear…that is NOT what a Christian looks like. Yes, occasionally you will meet this type. And yes, (come at me with a pitch fork) these type of Christians give the rest a bad name.
But here is what I am and what other Christians surrounding me look like: First off, we look just like everyone else: dress the same, talk the same and eat the same. We do drink and if that’s your thing, smoke, swear and do all other types of sins. Note: I am not proudly proclaiming this BUT I am human, as are you, and sins are inevitable. Refer to Romans 3:23-24: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Us Christians are NOT perfect and do not claim to be. But there’s a big difference here when we do sin (things like: talk bad about a friend, steal, cheat, or I’ll say it…being homosexual), we bring it to the Lord. We actually notice and feel bad about the sin we did and handle that business with God. Yes, Christians try to do much less of these things but when they do happen (and like I said, inevitably) we know who to go to. I think to best illustrate my point is through this example:
My husband and I (both proudly Christians and do not hide it in our lives) have guests stay at our home from time-to-time, people typically traveling to the big city and need a place to crash. Anyways, we had this younger guy, around our age stay with us. We all got along really well and had a lot in common. We ended up inviting him to dinner that night and when we came back home, talked the whole night about all sorts of topics. During the conversation, Juan and I kept mentioning things like “being blessed”, “going to church”, “our church group,” and other phrases that sparked a larger conversation. Our guest, lets call him Michael, out of the blue said, “What’s your denomination?” Now here is where I’m going to stop and vent for a second: Maybe it’s a millennial type of thought but the idea of having all of these sectors like Lutheran, Baptist, Southern Baptist and whatever else they’re calling themselves, is dividing us as a nation!! We’re splitting hairs because of a few differences when in reality, no one actually can say with 100% certainty the real truth. So to Michaels question and to anyone who has ever asked this, I reply “We are simply Christians.” Michael then says “Wooh, I never expected that.” Michael had the idea that a Christian was the stuffy person who was forcing religion down everyone’s throat, basically the misconstrued idea as I mentioned above. This ultimately led to a beautiful conversation about what a Christian really looks like. Michael himself is not a Christian but he kept asking us questions about our faith. What always inspires me is the hungriness living inside people, them wanting to know more about Christians and The Lord we proudly stand behind. It is inherent for every single person to be curious about their maker and if I get to be apart of that curiosity, it is very exciting! From that conversation, we invited Michael to church with us on Sunday. He seemed hesitant when we suggested the idea. Just know, we might bring it up again but if he says he is not comfortable, ready, wanting to go, then there is no further push. God works on his own timing with people and we, the Christians, need to respect that, but also, we will be ready to talk when the opportunity presents itself.
This topic has been on my mind this past week and I felt it was important to get this out there. Look at my IG posts, I look like a normal girl right? I have fun, occasionally drink, I do things that the Lord would frown upon (sin) but guess what…I AM A CHRISTIAN, DAUGHTER OF CHRIST! HEAR ME ROAR!!