Sunday, 04 January 2009
Guest post submitted by Maesworld
As a Christian, hearing such a sentence can really make an eye twitch. I mean, if you take your walk with Christ seriously this sentence definitely wakes you up. Weird enough, I for one have never been on the receiving end of such a comment but I have witnessed situations where this comment was blurted out and then followed by a silence so awkward you would feel better if you just started poking your eyes with a fork.
The thing is, as Christians we are constantly being encouraged to shine, to light up the world but just in general to be different from the rest of the world, which of course shouldn't be so hard in a world that is constantly demanding originality, but yes it does usually end up being very difficult.
I mean, I've witnessed friends talk about the importance of waiting to be sexually active until you are married during youth meetings, only to find them bragging about their incredible sex-life in the bathrooms at school. But as always I remind myself that I have demons of my own and that I'm in no position to be judgmental but it does make you start wondering about the truthfulness of our Christianity doesn't it?
Being a Christian shouldn't be like that, no wonder people are sometimes judgmental towards us and even call us fakers because most of the time we are only pretending to be Christians and that somehow kills me, even when I look at my own actions and have that quite voice inside me scream 'is that really what Jesus would have done?'
Ever since I was old enough to actually understand why we went to church every weekend and why people spend hours talking about this huge big book that at the time only seemed interesting because of the stories, I've always wanted to be a decent Christian, one that God would be proud of. I wanted so much to be that girl that always sat at the same spot in church and always showed up for the youth meetings, always smiled, always helpful. Where you could tell she was different from the rest of the world before you even exchanged a single word with her...you could see her light from a far.
Anyway, as a new year begins my only wish is that I continue by the grace of God, to represent Him the best way that I can.
But hey, what are your thoughts about this subject? Do you think we should be different from the rest of the world or feel that people would feel more comfortable if we blended in a bit more?
Would love to read your feedback.