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!