“What’s up with those pesky Christians?”
I’m sure you’ve asked yourself this question at least once in your lifetime. You must have a handful of them friends on your Facebook News Feed always posting Bible verses and promises from God, sharing songs of their favorite Christian bands and statuses uttered by famous Christian figures. With their Bibles on them at all times, if not in paper then on their phones or tablets, they’re always ready to quote you a verse for every circumstance. You can see them at your favorite coffee shop holding Bible studies or by the sea-side as they try to steal you for a few minutes from your peaceful afternoon walk to tell you about Jesus. You must have spotted them on your way to the pub one evening standing outside, singing praise songs and passing out tracts, preying for lost souls to snatch them from the grips of hell, aka the pub.
If you still don’t know what I’m talking about, go on scientific and social forums and seek out the guy that’s voicing out his anti-evolution, anti-abortion, anti-gay ideas. It’s not very hard to spot him really. He’s usually the “voice in the wilderness” type, trying in vain to argue that the world was created in only 6 days and that humans are not animals while every comment of his gets returned with mockery and ridicule.
But in the spirit of general knowledge, I’d like to take a moment and state 7 reasons why you can never understand a Christian.
1- It’s not organized religion, it’s a relationship
Maybe you’ve heard it all before, every time you accuse a Christian of herd conformity and in their frustration they answer, “It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship with Jesus!”
Well, I realize this might be hard to understand, but every Christian has at some point in their life experienced the life-changing love of Christ that has made them a totally different human being that just can’t help but talk about Jesus in everything they do. We are not Christians because we were born in Christian families, we are Christians because we got born again into the family of God.
We weren’t like that before. In fact, in the past we did everything in our powers not to be associated with people like that. So for someone to flip completely from being a cussing sex crazed animal to a lover of Jesus in just one day, then maybe, just maybe he might have something very important to tell you and you might find interest in hearing him out.
2- Sex is not a sin, we just choose to save it for marriage
We’re not afraid of sex, we don’t believe the “original sin” was sex and we don’t believe sex is a forbidden pleasure. In fact we love sex so much and hold it in such high regard that we choose willingly to save it for marriage.
While our society has a low view of virgins and makes a mockery out of them, we know because we have seen it with our own eyes, if not in us then in others, how sex before marriage has ruined people from having healthy relationships, marriages and families.
We have come to understand that sex is marriage – two bodies becoming one flesh – and that our beings were made in such a way to operate wholly with not more than one sexual partner for life. We acknowledge there is such a thing as emotional and sexual baggage that gets loaded unto us from one sexual relation to another and are aware of how detrimental this is to our wholeness.
While our contemporary culture champions sexual promiscuity, we take a firm stand against this and choose sexual health and well-being for ourselves by saving sex for marriage.
3- We are against homosexuality, but we’re not homophobes
This might be very difficult to understand, especially if you are gay, but while we can never agree with homosexuality, we are not homophobes.
Homophobia suggests an irrational fear of homosexuals, which is very far from the truth. We are not afraid of homosexuals and we never reject them from the Body of Christ.
We believe homosexuality is just as sinful as sex before marriage, not just because our Bible states it and definitely not to suggest that homosexual people are bad people, but simply because we submit to God’s perfect original design.
We have come to understand that the world and everything in it functions according to certain rules that are fixed by the creator and cannot be challenged, let alone changed. Just like the sun will always rise from the east and set in the west and earth will always revolve around the sun and water will always evaporate at 100°C and freeze at 0°C and things will always fall when you drop them (unless in space), we know that two men can never become one flesh and neither can two women. If you are alive and reading this post, you’re a living proof of marriage. We don’t believe in a “traditional definition” and a “modern definition” of marriage simply because to us there’s only one possible kind of marriage.
We don’t believe gay people are going to hell because of their homosexuality just as being heterosexual doesn’t get you to heaven either, but knowing Jesus does. This is why we want everyone to meet Jesus and let him deal with the homosexuality part.
We believe homosexual people are worthy of unconditional love and acceptance but that should never mean agreeing with their homosexuality just like loving and accepting a Christian should never mean agreeing with their Christian beliefs. We don’t call you Christophobes, so I think it’s only fair you don’t call us homophobes.
4- We drink but don’t get drunk
Although some Christian denominations forbid drinking, most Christians are cool with it. I myself do enjoy the occasional drink, especially wine in winter. It’s just that the lifestyle of drunkenness just doesn’t appeal to us anymore. We have tasted something far better that makes the biggest party you can ever conceive fade in comparison and believe it or not, on Friday nights we’d rather jump up and down and get drunk on the Holy Spirit in a youth meeting than attend any party this world has to offer only to leave with an empty feeling afterwards.
Warning: Attending a youth meeting can be hazardous to your health. You can get hooked.
5- Although scientists, we don’t believe in Evolution
It seems like the general assumption nowadays is that you have to believe in Evolution if you are a scientist and atheism seems to be murderously associated with science. While that could make perfect sense to you, it just doesn’t to us.
The notion that everything evolved from one single organism and we share a common ancestor with apes goes against everything we see in the world. We just don’t buy it.
It has been scientifically proven that people will believe any statement that starts with “It has been scientifically proven”, including this statement.
Pretty laughable, eh? Yet sadly this is what scientists are using to credit their so called findings. We hear, “scientists have found this and scientists have found that”, but are we actually seeing any proof? Do we have a single proof of animals evolving from one kind to another? Do we have a single proof of the Big Bang? Or is it just cleverly made stipulations?
More so, it strikes as odd to us that we have absolutely no record whatsoever of man evolving from ape and earning his way up to be the dominating species on earth, yet people have no problem believing something scientists claim to have happened millions and millions of years ago but have a problem believing a very well documented account of something that has happened only 2000 years ago.
6- Although people of faith, we are intellectuals
Another trendy general assumption is that faith is for the feeble-minded. It somehow goes beyond people’s understanding that you can have faith and a strong intellect to back it up. Somehow unbelief has become synonymous with reason and open-mindedness to a point where people would dismiss you without a second look back as soon as they find out you’re a Christian.
A few weeks ago, I read a post from a famous local blogger stating that religion is elitist because it holds back information from the public when it judges it inappropriate or contrary to its beliefs. When I commented that secularism does the same thing by teaching evolution in schools as science and holding back creation because it’s “religious”, his reply was that it’s very shameful of me in the year 2013 to say something like that because evolution is a fact.
Well is it really shameful that I don’t adhere to evolution because I just don’t see any scientific evidence of it?
I think what’s really shameful is how science has been hogged by atheists and how God is now associated with backwardness. What I find even more shameful is the systemic dichotomy between science and faith, especially when scientists do the exact thing they condemn religious people for – having faith.
What’s even more funny is that those same people will hurl insults at us and dismiss our opinions on moral issues like sex before marriage, homosexuality, divorce and abortion as coming from religious bigots without even giving our arguments any intellectual consideration. Hmm correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t that the very meaning of bigotry?
“Those Christian bigots want to take us back to the Dark Ages! What do they know?” (Every open-minded individual)
7- We pray because we love to
Yes, we pray. Not because we have to, but because we love to! You may see praying as something as crazy as having an imaginary friend, but when your imaginary friend answers your prayers, then you’re in trouble.
We don’t recite prayers we know by heart, we don’t pray to statues, images or icons, we pray to the only true living God who we know is there, hearing our prayers. We talk to him about everything: our anxieties, fears, sorrows, heartaches, problems, sins, failures, joys, desires, dreams, ambitions and guess what? He answers! He makes things turn around and makes things happen for us. He heals, comforts, provides, strengthens, equips, trains, protects, builds, teaches and loves us throughout the different circumstances we find ourselves in. What a great imaginary friend ha!
Finally, of listing reasons there could be no end, but I guess it’s safe to say that it’s quite hard to understand a Christian.
However, it’s not impossible. I’ll let you in on a little secret: get to know Jesus.