Posted by: zephaniah317 | July 24, 2016

I Am a Christian…

“Our culture has accepted two huge lies.  The first is if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them.  The second that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do.  Both are nonsense.  You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”

-Phil Robertson (the Duck guy, not the 700 club one)

I am a Christian.  A child of God.  His creation.

I have a relationship with Him.  I pray to Him often, and He listens.  And I listen to the still small voice inside of me that he communicates through to me.  (1 Kings 19:12-13)  It’s called the Holy Spirit.

God loves me.  And you.  And everybody.  John 3:16.  You know that one, even if you’re not a Christian.  But here’s the link.  Try Romans 8:37-39.  The scripture that this blog is named after?  Yup.  Why?  Because He can behave no other way.  He IS love.

The Bible is God’s Word.  Look it up.  This guy, John, who knew Jesus personally, says so (John 1:1). And this other guy, Matthew, who hung out with Jesus regularly, quoted Jesus about it (Matt. 5:18).  People for centuries have tried to disprove it, and failed (this guy, for example).  While the translations down through history have screwed things up some, “it contains 66 books written over 1,500 years by 40 different writers but it tells one “big story” of God’s plan of salvation that culminated in Jesus Christ”.  You cannot pick and choose what you believe out of the Bible, any more than you can pick and choose what to believe out of a math textbook.  It’s like having a conversation with someone (you know, very smart, like GOD), and when they say “look, the sky is blue!”, you either say “I don’t believe you!” or “you didn’t just say that!”.

Put these last two paragraphs together.  God loves us, and the Bible is not a book of rules and regulations we have to follow in order to please God.  It is a book of love that if we follow it, and have a relationship with God, we will not be perfect, but will have a good and enjoyable and peaceful life, regardless of the hardships and troubles that befall us.

Now, Jesus, His son, came down from Heaven to earth (by choice) and died for me, so I can have this relationship with Him.

Jesus said – as I’m sure most people know, Christian or not – “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6).  The Bible is God’s Word, but the TRUTH…it’s there.  HE is there.  Living, breathing, giving life.  Our believing it/Him has no bearing on its/His existence.  And that, as Gandalf said in “Lord of the Rings”, “is a comforting thought”, at least to me.

These three persons, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, make up a thing called the Trinity.  Marriage was actually created by God to mimic this Trinity and show us a little piece of what their union is like – each of them saying continually to each other, “it’s not about me, it’s about you”.

A side note…

Religion is humanity trying to reach or please God in order to get to Heaven someday.  Christianity is God trying to reach humanity by sending His Son to die for them so that they could have an abundant life here, now, and hereafter by having a relationship with Him.  No other religion (to my knowledge) worships a supreme being that ever DID anything for us, other than give us a list of things to do and not do in order to get to Heaven.  Unfortunately, a majority of American churches have adopted that philosophy over the last few hundred years, i.e., the goal of Christianity is not to have a relationship with God, the goal is to say the prayer and “get saved” so that you don’t go to hell when you die.  Where do I sign up?  Sounds like an awesome group to be a part of, right?  (SMH)

Back to the point.  So what does all of this mean?  Why am I writing this today?  Because we’ve lost our minds lately.  We have reached a point where we think we know it all, and don’t need God, but we’re killing each other, killing ourselves emotionally and spiritually, and in short, NOT living the abundant life that is there for the taking.  I’m ANGRY.  Angry that some churches are doing more nowadays to turn people away from God than most anything else.

Side note #2!

Church is a place where people of like-minded beliefs in God gather frequently to love on each other, help each other, grow as Christians, and worship God.  It is NOT a place you go on Sunday so that God won’t be angry with you.  Back to the point…

I’m angry that people who identify themselves as Christians are as hypocritical as politicians.  Angry that #BlackLivesMatter/racism, abortion, homosexuality, sex outside of marriage, ruined marriages…

 

  • Abortion is murder.  Regardless of the circumstance, regardless of when it occurs.  But if someone has had an abortion, I would sit and cry with them and love them and try to help them overcome the grief and shame they are under, as best I could, as Jesus would.  Because I am a Christian.
  • The LGBT community has either been deceived (see side note #3, after this paragraph) into thinking they are who they believe they are, or some tragic event or series of events in their lives slowly led them to the lifestyle they are now living.  This lifestyle is NOT how God created us to be.  It is NOT genetic.  A DNA molecule or genetic makeup that makes it “more likely for a person to be gay” is NOT THE SAME THING as “I can’t help it, this is who I am.”  But if I met a person that was L, B, G, or T, I would never condemn them.  I would love them, as Jesus would.  Find out about them.  Learn their life story.  Pray for them.  Try to speak the TRUTH in LOVE to them, and hope that they become the person God created them to be.  Because I am a Christian.  If you want more love and truth, go here.

Side note #3…

There’s this fallen angel, Satan.  He exists.  He has minions (not those stupid little yellow ones, either).  They roam the earth seeking to destroy us, because we are made in God’s image, and he hates us, with all his might.  Not by floating into our bedroom and stabbing us to death with some magical evil sword, though.  By putting thoughts in our heads that we think are ours.  Thoughts like “you’re gay”; “you should be ashamed”; “God is mad at you”; “you can never be the same again after what you’ve done”; “Hillary Clinton did nothing wrong with those emails”; “vote for Donald Trump”. (you think I’m kidding?!?)  These are not audible voices, so don’t even go there.  But if you don’t believe these things, you’re fooling yourself.  I believe it.  Because I am a Christian.

  • Racism is wrong and ugly and barbaric.  I hope you don’t need me to expound on that.  But I believe it.  Because I am a Christian.
  • God warns us against being sexually intimate outside of marriage, not just because He’s a buzzkill.  It’s because once you have sex with someone, you create a powerful spiritual bond that is not meant to be broken.  (it’s why they call it “making love”)  If it is broken, it becomes harder and harder to be intimate with someone.  You are emotionally and spiritually becoming numb on the inside, regardless of the rush you are feeling when you have sex with someone.  My ex wife (who I have no contact with) led a similar lifestyle before she became a Christian.  But I can wholly attest, the scars were still there.  And I hope and pray that she and all who have shared her experience will come to know how beautiful they are in spite of all that.  Because I am a Christian.
  • In the same way, pornography erodes away at your ability to be intimate with someone, physically and spiritually.  (1 Cor. 6:18)  I know this firsthand.  I was addicted to it for part of my teenage life, and my early thirties.  But discovering God’s love for me and Him showing me how to love myself and view my soul as a gift to be kept healthy and free from that junk, freed me from that addiction.  I know this.  Because I am a Christian.

I’ll probably make a lot of people angry by posting this today.  I might very well lose some friends, facebook, twitter, or otherwise today, as well.  but that’s ok.  Because I am a Christian.

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