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Jesus and His kids.....

I'm new to the hub and what drew me here is my passion for writing and looking for an opportunity to see what may come of some free lance.... In looking at some of the content that has been posted on sites such as this, I'm really grieved to see how many people are expressing so many anti-Christian views.

Yes, there are several people who are (or profess to be) Christians yet have been discovered engaging in activities (which could include thought life) I'm sure Jesus is genuinely disappointed about. Perhaps as a reader, you have been somehow wounded by someone who calls themselves a Christian. I know I've at least said some things to people I care about that have caused pain. God is merciful and forgiving however and I'm grateful for that. As a resident of Washington State, while the news was on last night, I was aghast to see and hear a report of some people who came here from some other state, protesting the memorial services of one of our fallen soldiers (his hometown being Port Orchard). Such statements as "God hates your tears" and other things I considered ridiculous were being expressed. I don't however, always trust the media to report things accurately; since I believe some really do "spin" things. It's so unfortunate that our media is so quick to give coverage to the bad or scandalous behavior of Christians yet so reluctant to cover the good things we are often associated with. Often times, when there is a heart warming - or story covering the miraculous - if a Christian attempts to give God glory (credit), the mike is cut before they can say something to that affect. Anyway, back to the insensitive Port Orchard spectacle, I don't know if the fallen soldier was gay or what - I just know these people were being very judgemental and not representing my Jesus accurately. Christians are first and foremost supposed to be loving, even when we don't agree or are disappointed with someones choice(s). We all fall short (none are perfect) and make mistakes or in Biblical terms, commit "sin."

I also hope people will realize or understand that there is a huge difference between being spiritual and religious; in fact the word 'religion' makes me crinkle up my nose, gives me an unsettled feeling. Jesus had a real problem w/ the Pharisee's, who were the religious leaders of His day. He became outright indignant on at least one occasion and based on other incidences, I think I'm correct to assume he felt very frustrated w/ many of them, to say the very least.

Being a Christian is simply about this - first and foremost He tells us we are to love Him and our neighbors as ourselves (unselfishly). So understand I'm not "religious" even though Christianity is characterized as a 'religion.' Jesus has set me free, from many things I don't have time to go into now. My journey began with him almost nine years ago; I have a personal relationship w/Him and unless you as a reader have one as well, this may be difficult to fathom.

No doubt life is full of pain, frustration, disappointments etc., but in the storms, I can experience peace because I know He's in my boat and when He says 'BE STILL', I know He's in control and there is nothing I have to fear. I think in addition to everyone having basic needs, one of the greatest of these is to be loved and nobody loves me more than He does. God loves everyone, without condition, regardless of what one has or has not done, whether one believes in Him or not - because He believes in them and paid the price on the cross.

What a lot of people fail to realize (or choose not to because it makes them even more uncomfortable than considering God) is that the devil is real and his mission or desire is to steal, kill and destroy all that God loves - His creation, which includes you and me. If people recognized and understood this, perhaps there wouldn't be so many divisive lines in our society today, whether they be social, political, relational or whatever. In American society, if we could humble ourselves and work together as opposed to acting so nasty, what a better country (and world) this would be. My hope and prayer is people would learn to agree 'not to agree' yet still love and respect one another, which even for a Christian can at times be difficult to do!

 

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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks Bernard - you are an exhorter!


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sunkentreasure 8 years ago

Dear christinekv

The words of your Hub have greatly touched me.

It's a sign of what Jesus said will happen before He returns.

Thank you for making your life count for Jesus.

Please see some of my Hubs I have written about Jesus entitled THE GREATNESS OF JESUS, LOOK TO JESUS FOR YOUR VICTORY and THERE'S ONLY JESUS.

Warm Regards

Bernard Levine


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thank you Doghouse for visiting and glad to hear that you can personally testify that His grace is sufficient. Being in real estate, having a family, and having horses makes it challenging for me to get on these hubs and read (and write) as much as I'd like. Stewardship of time is something I'm trying to be better about. Unless I'm aware there is ministry to do in conjunction w/ reading what someone else has writiten, when it comes to prioritizing my reading time, it ordinarily involves being in the Word. I'd love to hear your story though so if you have it on here on hubpages, please respond by posting a link.

Thanks and God bless!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

christinekv

We have a common bond already as we both are Christians and have a profound love for Jesus Christ. I too, have come to know Him through study and much prayer. I have also come to know Him better through adversity and trials, as His is influence is evidenced in my life. Thank you for your thoughts.


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Hi LdsNana-AskMormon -

Thanks for reading and sharing some of your thoughts...I look forward to seeing what you have published and your profile when I get a little more time....I'm intrigured by your picture icon since it appears you live in the country...I am a country girl, living on acreage, sharing it with one of Gods finest creations (in my opinion), the horse.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California

Hi there!

Thank you for sharing your feelings about being a Christian. I am drawn to all those who love Jesus Christ, as I do. Each one of us can find Him, if this is our desire to do so... in many different ways.

I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and sincerely desire to live a life that would be pleasing to Him. I have found much joy in my life in doing so, although much different than your path.

God loves His children, that choose to be one and at the same time, remain the independent people that He created us to BE!

Love your mind,

tDMg

(I found you because HP linked one of my pages to this one... and I am really glad to know another Christian here at the Hub:-)


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks Wehzo....hopefully now that Christmas has past (in the scope of a calendar date), I can give more attention to what others are sharing as well as what God may put on my heart. I look forward to checking out the link!


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Wehzo 8 years ago from Detroit, MI

Christinekv, I wanted to leave you this link to let you know that there are other Christians that frequent hubpages. I happen to be one.

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Everyone-C...


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Wehzo 8 years ago from Detroit, MI

Great hub Christinekv. I'm liking your Christian credentials. Keep it up.


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Hoodala 9 years ago from Mesa

The soldier in question was not gay, it is the idiot Fred Phelps and his band of fools way to protest the military's "don't ask - don't tell" policy. I think everyone in this country is smart enough to realize what Fred is about.


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christinekv 9 years ago from Washington Author

Hey Counter Punch -

Thanks for taking the time to read and respond. Does this mean you assume I'm a super elitist and if so, what do you mean by that exactly? I followed the link you provided on your piece and to be honest, can identify - not entirely - but more w/ Jewel's response.


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thecounterpunch 9 years ago

Christianity can't serve anymore but another form of Religion will always be there for the Super Elites have always need it:

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/What_is_th...

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