Why I'm a Proud Christian
Christianity has always been a part of my life. I was born into the faith. But I will admit that my faith were put aside when I was a kid. As usual, my parents always made sure they brought me to church, and I didn't like it that time. But I did have a sense of God existing and I felt it in my heart. During the schooldays, I only focused on my schoolwork without thinking much about God, but I made sure that I would act accordingly to what the Bible says. Admittedly, I still struggled with a lot of sins: cursing, lying, cheating (on school tests, not the "other" one mind you), being disrespectful to my parents, and later on, sexual thoughts. But as I grew up, I still felt the presence of God guiding my life throughout the process. Ever since I moved down to the States, I truly believed it was God's plan to move me down here and to live in an environment that was more Christian. Because in Montreal, Christianity is like a foreign language to the residents. Granted, there are many churches in Montreal with many people attending. But the vast majority of Montrealers rarely attends church and doesn't have God as a priority. However, places in the States such as Lancaster, Pennsylvania, have a strong Christian population where almost anyone you meet is more likely to be a Christian. I thank God for bringing me to live in the United States where there is no doubt this is a Christian nation.
Back to my pride of my faith. I embrace Christianity because it is the one faith where I know I have a personal God that loves me, cares for me and wants me to live a fulfilling life without suffering the consequences of sin. Regardless, I am still a sinner. But as a Christian, I struggle with sin instead of giving in to sin. Struggling with sin means that I'm tempted to sin and I don't want to do it. And giving in to sin means that I know what I'm doing is wrong but I love doing it and don't care much about the consequences. The beauty of a Christian who loves God and still struggles with sin is that God knows the heart and He will still love you no matter what and He will bless you and help you with your struggles. He is not the kind of God who will rain destruction on each individual when it comes to sin, but He is the kind of God who will love you and die for you so that you can be saved, but people has to come to Him first and apologize that the way they were living without Him were wrong and unfulfilled.
Part of my faith I embrace is the fact that when you put your trust in the Lord in your life, He will provide you with much knowledge and truth. The Bible says in the book of Proverbs that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge". And that certainly rings true. When you look back in history starting in the middle ages to the renaissance to the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, many achievements have been done by individuals of the Christian faith. Great orchestral songs had foundations in the Christian faith such as Beethoven, Mozart, Mandel and Felix Mendelssohn. Great literature had Christian themes also and many great authors of those time periods were Christians, including Charles Dickens. In America, notable authors in the early years of the nation were Christians and adhered to the Christian faith, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Emily Dickinson. Fenimore Cooper, known for writing the infamous "The Last of The Mohicans", was a devoted Episcopalian and a member of his local church in Cooperstown, New York, where he became the warden and a vestryman. Currently, the two successful book franchise turned movie franchise, The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, were written by Christians: J.R.R Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. In education, textbooks were written with Bible scriptures in it and were geared towards elementary children. One such text was The New England Primer. In it, the learning of the ABC's were done with rhymes reading about the Bible. An example would be the letter A: In Adam's fall, we sinned All. B: Thy life to mend, this Book attend. Or J: Job feels the rod, and blesses God. These types of early textbooks for young children were already made that were supposed to be geared for high school and college students. Learning these types of things is what makes Christianity so cool and amazing.
Christianity has also produced many great and legendary leaders from the past. Legendary physicist Sir Isaac Newton was a great adherent to the Christian faith. Several of America's Founding Fathers were strong Christians such as John Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Rush, Noah Webster, and John Witherspoon. Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President famous for saving the Union and abolishing slavery, used his Christian faith to guide his political life. Benjamin Disraeli was one of the most influential Christian Prime Minister of England. Born as a Jew, he would convert to Protestantism and his political life was shaped by that faith.
Community is what makes Christians to be in the forefront of having communal bonds with other people, regardless of the faith of the individuals. Christians work hard in providing many activities for the local community such as a picnic, festivals and special events for a specific cause. When it comes to helping the poor, many Christians set up missions to help feed the hungry and to provide them shelter to sleep. At the same time, many of these faith based missions try to help the poor in finding jobs while housing them. When it comes to natural disasters, Christians are at the forefront in providing relief. At home, they set up funds and donations to help the victims of natural disasters. Once they go abroad, they help out many people in distress by providing primarily medical assistance. Truly, no other faith group has been so generous, loving and compassionate than Christians.
Christians have one of the most successful marriages in the country. Unfortunately, many married Christians have been suffering on the pain of divorce because of many factors: pornography, infidelity, non communication, abuse, drugs and alcohol, differences in opinion. Yes these are the factors that are hurting married Christian couples. But the great thing is is that most Christians go to their pastors for counseling and majority of the marriage starts being successful again. To add a bit of spice, sex between married Christian couples have the best ones ever according to personal testimonies. But I'll stop going further on that.
The ultimate pride in being a Christian will always be about having a wonderful relationship with God. In the faith, there is no special ritual to have access to God. The good news is that anyone can reach God anytime of the day, but it always will come to repentance. And God is willing to forgive and accept every individual to come to his kingdom. And it is great that Christians have a moral and godly duty to try and save other people from Satan's wrath. That is why I am proud to be a Christian.