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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Let's talk.

Let's talk about loving Jesus.

Let's talk about being cool and fitting in.

Let's talk about showing others how we love Jesus.

Let's talk.

Here's the deal, friends.  My mom sent me this article this morning.  I love it.  I agree with it.  And unless you read it, this blog may not make a ton of sense to you.

It's okay, I'll wait here while you read.

Got it?  Wonderful.

I posted it on my instagram and received some comments that made me think about it a lot more.

Don't worry, I'm not going to rant about the article {even though I think it is fantastic} or insta-oppinions.

I want to talk about something else.

I think that culturally, we have been trying to change the message of Jesus, whether we realize it or not.

Trying to make it softer, make it cooler, make it more accepting.

Trying to make it fit in more--so it will reach more people, of course.

In doing this, we've gone as far as disengaging ourselves from something as pure as calling ourselves Christians.

We've picked which parts of the Bible will reach people the most, and we've left out the rest.

When the topics of gay marriage, or abortion, or unmarried sex come up, we tend to pretend the Bible doesn't have clear views on those things.

My aunt texted me after reading that article and said this:

"It's not our message to change to our personal beliefs.  
It's His message to share with others.  People forget that."

And I think, that maybe, we have. 

"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" {Luke 10:27}
Love God.  Love People.

It's that simple.

Love God.

Love the things He has said.

The words He has left behind for you.

Love People.

Love them enough to tell them those things.

Love them enough to love them with full on Christianity, not with with a watered down version you've created for yourself.

Love them enough to be yourself around them, not a watered down version of yourself tailored to them and their feelings.

I believe in Jesus.  I call myself a Christian.

Does that mean that I agree and am linking myself to all the crazy people who have done horrible things in the name of Christianity?

No.

Does that mean I'm saying that I am affiliated with the ignorant people who want to burn the Koran and blame it on their Christianity?

No.

I mean, let's just put this into perspective.  I'm a female.  In the history of humanity, there have been some crazy females who have done horrific things, like murder their families.

So should I not call myself a female, because I don't want to be affiliated with them in any way?

Yeah, that'll do the trick.

I mean, really.  Come on guys.  If you follow Christ, YOU follow Christ.  It doesn't mean you follow every other individual who claims to follow Christ.  It means that YOU follow Christ.

I am by no means perfect.

I do not even come close to measuring up to the standards set for us in the Bible.

But that's why Jesus came for me, and that is why I happily claim His name.

When I say I am a Christian, I mean that I am a follower of Christ, and I will not apologize for that.

Nor will I try to make it something that it's not.

Yes, there are some churches out there with some seriously skewed beliefs.  I grew up in church and am fully aware of the backwardness and hypocrisy in some churches.

But let's not forget, Jesus calls the church His bride.

{So going to church is nothing to apologize for.}

A bride that He loved enough to die for.

Do not dishonor that by being ashamed of His name.

Do you know how you can make up for the ugliness of some churches?

By doing what Jesus has called us to do.  Love people with His love.  Share HIS message with them, not yours.

Love God.

Love People.





7 comments:

  1. Girl, you have a way with words. This was beautifully written! And I agree, I see people trying to hide parts of their beliefs to make themselves more accessible/seem cooler to others. It happens, unfortunately. But what a great reminder that we as individuals need to remember Christ and why we personally follow Him, and only Him. Great post. :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Your sweet words mean a lot to me!

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  2. You're a really good writer! I truly enjoyed reading this article. I have to say though, that I'm not sure I understand exactly what it's saying... is it saying that believing in Jesus, believing in God and loving him with all our hearts and actions is not enough, but that we should also make sure to *tell* people if we are Christians? If that is the case, I have to say (just for the sake of sharing and conversation :) that I don't see it that way. I don't believe declaring myself part of a movement/religion/Christianity will make me more loving toward my neighbour or fellow human. I personally choose to keep that to myself *especially* if someone asks me if I'm Christian. I totally answer like that guy in the article!! haha! (just to be clear though, my intention for keeping it to myself is not to be cool, although I'm sure some people do it for that reason.) Sometimes I can be a better help to others if I keep certain things/choices to myself. I think I can be a bigger positive influence by following Jesus' teaching like loving unconditionally, etc. All that being said, it was a pretty cool article and I do appreciate someone who takes such a big stand and publishes an article about it, because really, even if Christianity has a bad reputation, it doesn't mean that people who follow Jesus are bad.

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    1. Hey Stephanie!

      No, I don't think that's what he was saying. What I got out of that was that it's OKAY to call yourself a Christian. Meaning that you don't have to shy away from it, and it's not something you should be ashamed of, but rather proud of. I don't think it was his intention to imply that believing in God is not enough, but I think he was simply pointing out the flaws in something that has become a cultural norm--something people say without even thinking about.

      That's what I got out of it! I always enjoy articles like this that make you think and bring up different perspectives. Thank you so much for your comment!

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    2. Ah yes right, that makes a lot of sense. I enjoy articles like that too, thank you for sharing! :)

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  3. Chelsea, when I read the words, "Let's talk about loving Jesus," I instantly became a follower of your blog. Everything seems so folly in comparison to loving God and loving people. God has be wrecking my heart (in an amazing way) for people recently. It's so liberating and freeing knowing that we have a God who loves not because he HAS to, but because he WANTS to. It completely blows my mind. He is SO GOOD! Thank you for sharing this, I look forward to reading more!

    Take care,
    Katie

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    1. Katie, your comment encouraged me so much! You are so right, nothing else matters when looking at things in comparison. Thank you for your sweet words!

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