Being a Christian in today’s society is no cake walk. Fearing the world’s perception, some of us have even abandoned ship. But for those of us still riding out the waves, I want to encourage you- remain steadfast friends.
After completing my devotional this morning, I found myself flipping my Bible to 1st Corinthians. As I read, I could feel God relieving me of baggage that I had long assumed was mine to carry.
As a Christian, I’ve always felt that I had to justify my beliefs to the world. Especially now, during a time when the human race has deemed itself totally self sufficient.
I’m sorry, but I have no desire to be a part of a self governing people who believe themselves to be the answer. Time and time again history has proven that we cannot save ourselves, yet we continue to try.
To the world, I’m a fool: I believe homosexuality is wrong- so I’m a judgemental bigot. I don’t agree with promiscuity- I’m not a forward thinker. I don’t believe that we should act on every physical impulse- I’m ignorant and uncultured.
It’s tough, having people assume who you are before being given an opportunity to make an impression. Honestly, it doesn’t bother me to be considered uncultured, ignorant, or someone who isn’t a forward thinker. But, having to prove that I am capable of loving someone who is different than me, is an insult to my heart. It saddens me to think that someone who is not in accordance with my beliefs, could think that I don’t love, care, like, or have compassion for them.
As a Christian, I find myself having to prove the very foundation of my belief: Love. Always treading lightly, biting my tongue, making sure that my posture toward God is not offending the world. All the while, existing just as flawed as the next soul.
No more can I conflict myself. It’s exhausting. I am not responsible for how people perceive my love for God. What I am responsible for, is making myself pleasing in His eyes, obeying His word, and loving people the way He has taught me to love.
1st Corinthians, chapter 2, verse 14:
“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”
I encourage you to read the first three chapters of 1st Corinthians. I pray that it will encourage you as much as it did me!
Love you all.