Before I started to follow God, I hated most “Christians”. Now I’m not saying people like the ones I’m about to describe aren’t saved or aren’t trying their hardest to follow Christ, I’m just pointing out what really gets under my skin, and what I know is a huge turn off to nonbelievers……
Now, the reason for hating most Christians at that point was really the same thing that gets me pissed off now, and honestly it hurts to see friends do it. It’s these people who enforce their beliefs on others. PLEASE talk about God and share his love, but don’t expect others around you to agree with everything you agree with.
Here’s a good example of someone sharing the right way a belief. The other night I was helping with a harvest festival; I was lightly dress as red riding hood (wearing the cloak). This lady took me aside, away from others and gave me reasoning, reninded me I’m loved, but proceeded to say how some may stumble by seeing me dress up, as I was helping at my churches booth. I told her is disagreed, but in honoring her and the church, I’d take off my cloak. She thanked me and it’s all she expected. Now, she gave me reason that she didn’t believe why Christians should dress up, she gave me love, but in a way, she preproved me. Do we agree? No. Do I still honor and respect those around me? Yes. Did she hold it against me or think less of me when I left and put it back on, I do not believe so. She was mature.
Here’s a bad example…. The thing that pushes nonbelievers (and even believers) away. Its really quite similar to what the Pharisees did on street corners, and how they enforced not only beliefs, but manly tradition, down the throats of anyone who’s around. I will give you the modern day pharisee on the corner shouting out how holy he is. Christian facebookers…. A lot of post have come up going against Christians celebrating Harvest Day and Halloween. I will not state my opinion here, but I’m sure you can figure it out. 50% of you are posting on “how dare Christians celebrate” Halloween. The other 50% are saying, how dare you judge. Here’s where I’m at in this….. Is it wrong to dress up and get candy? No. I know some people even have costumes for their kids who are saying it’s wrong. #1, that’s hypocrisy. Get did of your captain America and princess suits for your loss if it’s so wrong, at least then I can have respect for your opinion even in not agreeing. Is collecting candy and going to fall festivals wrong? No. Its a fun activity to meet your neighbors and the people around you, and show the kids that the world isn’t a horrible place all of the time.
We’re surrounded by news that reminds us of rapists, killers, terrorists, hurricanes, earthquakes, and SO MANY other horrible things. I remember when I was little my dad used to listen to John and Ken, and Rush Limbaugh. For those of you who don’t know these are all radio hosts that speak frankly and honestly about what our world is going through. Talk radio. And I’d hear about Bill Clinton and his adultery. I’d hear about the twin towers and the devastation caused even after. I’d hear about the deaths in the middle East and was so sad. Once I heard about this rapist house close to parks and schools. We went to a protest there. I saw the people protest and joined them. I was on the radio because I wanted to speak up from an 11 year olds perspective on the matter at hand. Kids see more and remember more than you realize. Can’t we show them there is still good in the world? What is wrong with that?
Let’s just go with all these Christians for a moment that are saying it’s wrong because of its roots. Depends on which ones. Are we talking about All Saints Day where we would celebrate the Saints and teach their teachings to our children and dress up and get sweet treats? Cause I see nothing wrong with that. Lets try the second….. Samhain. It was a Celtic festival that was believed to be in the day where ghosts would be seen and the spiritual realm and physical were closer together. They’d sacrifice animals and parts of their harvest. They would even try to tell each others fortunes. Now, if you aren’t a follower of Christ, I’m not saying anything…. If you are a follower of Christ, that would be wacky to celebrate and do….
Now, how many of any of you partake in either of these? I can honestly say I know a couple who do part of the Samhain. These people aren’t Christians so I will not get into their lives and say how wrong they are and condemn them. They believe differently (just from an unbiased view). I will love on them just as anyone else though.
I celebrate something a bit more modern. A day I get to pretend I’m someone I’m not and have fun with friends. I get to be red riding hood, a ninja, Wonder woman, a pirate, etc. And in doing so, I have found so many oppurtunites over the years, and that people are more vulnerable when in costume. They almost are more comfortable with themselves. And can I be bluntly honest? I’ve brought more people to christ in dressing up on Halloween than almost any other time of the year, because people are willing to hear you out. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m highly doubting that. And this is what makes me mad. By modern day pharisees going out and not just judging, judge all you want, but condemning others, christian or not, you are missing a great oppurtunity to love on people, again, christian or not. If you are a follower of Christ, you should be driven to love on people (yes even tough love, but that’s another blog for another time) and bring them to know Jesus. I don’t see Jesus having a Facebook and rebuking people in it. Even the woman at the well, he definitely rebuked, but did so in love. He did it because she wanted more of Him, more of God. She had been waiting for His arrival, and she was one of the lucky ones to be alive when He came. God rebuked Jonah, and He did it in love, just like His message to the Ninevites that God gave to Jonah. It was seasoned with all kinds of grace.
So back to my original point. There are so many Pharisees and false prophets among us that would like to appear to have things together and don’t. I apologize to all my friends who are not Christians in the behalf of these “Christians”. They are just as lost in this world as you and I. I sincerely believe they are probably trying to do what is right, but you reap what you sow, or in lamens terms, karma. It will come back to bite you in the butt eventually.
To the “Christians” doing so…. Please think about what you are posting, and how you actually sound (right or not) because it could be the difference in saving a life or letting it go to Hell.
With that, I bid you adeiu. Thanks for reading.