I’ve been tossing this around for a few days now…
Kind of irritated and kind of feeling pity for the intolerance.
In the past year or so, my blog has become decidedly more Christian than it had been before.
This is because I have become decidedly more Christian than I was before.
I should note that I don’t really think you can become more Christian…. It’s kind of like pregnant.
You just are or you aren’t.
I do think that you can go through the motions, have a ‘fire insurance’ sort of faith. You believe, but it’s not really a driving force in your life. You put up a good front. Show up at the right places. Say the right things.
But you don’t understand the power of what has been done for you. The love, mercy, and redemption available to you as a gift.
A sweet and precious gift.
That was me.
I professed with my mouth, but my heart was far away.
The past two years have been transformational for me. God has laid out these stepping stones for me and, I’ve had just enough courage to step out onto them.
And He has been doing a good work in me. A layer-peeling, gut-wrenching, sin-crushing work in me.
It makes me want to shout from the rooftops about how good He is! How loving! Merciful! Compassionate!
So of course I’m going to blog about it. I honestly can’t help myself.
It’s not that I feel like I HAVE TO write about my faith.
It’s that I GET TO write about my faith.
And I guess the thing that bugs me is the snark.
Because If I was a Buddhist I don’t think people would have a problem with my faith.
I honestly believe they would think I was wonderfully spiritual and zen. That I was focused and balanced and in-tune with myself and the world.
But because I’m a Christian and I happen to love Jesus, I’m seen as intolerant.
What is UP with that?
I love and follow a God-man who walked this earth more than 2,000 years ago and made such an impression that people are STILL getting worked up about Him all this time later.
He epitomized love and mercy. He went out of his way to encounter an adulterous woman, He accepted the corrupt tax collector, and He embraced society’s underdogs.
YET, when I choose to devote my life to Him and process through it on the blog sometimes, I’m somehow offensive.
Relishing in what I believe somehow threatens those who don’t believe?
How does that work?
I just don’t get it.
You’re allowed to be whatever you want to be these days as long as it’s not a Christian.
Why is that??