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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Why I won't stop tweeting about Jesus.

Recently a friend of mine posted a status that had to do with her personal belief in God.  Because nothing can stir up unneeded controversy between people who don't know each other quite like a Christian Facebook status, it soon had many comments that all said some variation of "you're an idiot." However, one really stuck out to me: 

"You go ahead and tell all those starving kids in Africa how your God is so great, yet chooses to do nothing.  I'm sure they'll understand." 

I have a better idea.  How about we tell those starving kids in Africa about the stuck up dude sitting in his air conditioned house on his fancy computer who chooses to blame their circumstance on God rather than doing something about it...I'm sure they'll understand. 

I do not make my beliefs a secret.  They are a huge part of who I am. However, I do not (and will never) put down and berate others simply because they do not share my faith.  Considering the God I believe in says the greatest thing is love, that seems slightly counterproductive. 

It makes me incredibly upset how, when a Christian posts something about their faith that not everyone agrees with, they are:
trying to shove their beliefs down people's necks
being close minded
being a bully
being weak and idiotic.

But when someone openly shares their disagreement with that belief (which is also a belief) by being condescending, bullying the person publicly, and denouncing everything that person believes in, they are:
having an opinion.


It hurts my heart when people feel the need to lash out at someone simply because they have chosen to put their faith in something greater than themselves. It infuriates me when someone judges me and my ability to do certain things because of my beliefs.  I mean, obviously, because I believe in God, in being faithful to just my husband, in reading the Bible, and in not frying my brain with drugs, I am probably zero fun to hang out with.


I have plenty of friends who don't share my belief. And do you know what I do about it?

I love them.  We hang out.  We have fun.  And we respect each other.  Why does that seem so rare?  It shouldn't. 

The Internet gives people a sense of courage, but rarely ever in a good way. It gives them privacy to say things that should never be said, especially about other people's faith. 

It is easier to blame the things that are wrong in this world on a God that you don't believe in than it is to actually get up and do something about it.  It is easier to pretend that everything that comes out of someone's mouth is total crap than it is to respect it, because to respect it you must actually think about it.  And dang, that can be hard when you like being right all the time.  So yeah, it's easier to be a self righteous, all knowing, condescending being hiding behind a computer screen (I'm looking at you, Facebook commenter.  Rude.) than it is to be a real life thinker who actually listens to things they may not agree with and thinks before they respond.  It's easier to sit at home and talk about what you disagree with than it is to get up and change what you don't like about the world.  But that doesn't mean it's right. 

I will always respect the freedom of religion, no matter what you believe. I will always respect the freedom of being able to think and say whatever you want, even though so many people abuse it. 

 I will continue to talk about my faith because when things are important to you, you talk about them.  You write about them and put them on Instagram and twitter. So I tweet about Jesus. 

To the lovely commenter who suggested that I would have more followers if I didnt come off as so religious on social media: I also tweet about macaroni and cheese and Netflix and other wonderful things. Hey, I like to talk about the good things in life. 


  1. Chelsea, I just loved reading your thoughts on this. It's so unfair that people out there feel the need to dictate everything with their opinions. I think they fail to realize though, that anything said with the intention of making someone feel horrible is not a valid opinion.

    Keep on tweeting about Jesus, girl. I'm right there with ya! :)

  2. I was just having this conversation with a friend too, about how when we have our Christian opinions we're bigots and insensitive, but when others have their opinions they're just voicing their opinions.

  3. This is a wonderful post. People hide behind their computers and will happily attack anyone they don't agree with. When attacking is completely unnecessary. You don't have to agree with every single thing someone says to be friends with them or to respect them!!

  4. There's always going to be so many feelings on a topic, especially religion, that if you post about it you're going to have to assume you're going to get responses that you don't agree with. Such is the way of the internet! I don't mind anyone posting about their faith though. Just because I don't believe it, doesn't mean I hate people who do. People need religion for their own reasons. Doesn't mean I need to judge them for it.

  5. Whoever said that to you can't sit with us. You're obviously sweet and fun and your faith is a big part of your life. Never apologize for that!

  6. THIS. Bookmarking this. Such a genuine post that reveals truth and sincerity and Jesus all in one! I think you just put into perspective what I've been trying to articulate into words for ages. Thank you.

    Take care,

  7. Who would say that to you? Sometimes I struggle with this.. I want to put my faith out there but am nervous for the backlash- wow, I just felt pathetic typing that. Lately I"ve been writing a lot more about God and you know what? I think that's a good thing. keeep doing what you're doing.

  8. I could not agree more. I have nothing to add to this. Just to saw I agree and I have been there with you. I will never stop talkig about Jesus!

  9. Thank you, I appreciated your thoughts on this matter.

  10. Rock on!I love, love, love this!

  11. ILOVETHISPOSTSOMUCH!!! No time for spaces or lowercase letters. You rock!

  12. I just found your blog, and I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. I feel exactly the same way. Sometimes it seems like everyone is allowed to have an opinion except Christians. Whatevs. You go girl.


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