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Unconventional Christianity

 

Recently, I’ve felt the need to express something out loud, so I figure I will post it here.

I think you can follow Jesus and still be a unique, complicated individual. I think that’s the only way to authentically live. To be yourself. Lately, I’ve run into situations where I’ve feel the need to be someone I’m naturally not just for the sake of appearing as a Christ follower to the world.

Here is the truth.  I don’t always make it to church on Sunday. My favorite bands are Deftones, Korn and Radiohead. I like to spend time with all kinds of people, most of which do not share my beliefs. I make inappropriate jokes a lot of the times and often don’t even come close to living the way I should according to what Jesus wants for me. But doesn’t He already know this? If I lived in the time when He was ministering to people on earth, He would have probably had to call me out of a tree too. The issues I struggle with are the same as everyone else regardless of if they admit that or not.

Here is the thing. Jesus loves us all. Regardless of where we are at. He wants your heart to be pure and your intentions to be genuine, above all else He wants you to love. To love Him with everything you have and then love other people with the same sincerity. No matter who they are, what they believe or how they act. Just love them.

This is not easy and it never will be. You will grow and change and become wiser with time, but you will still struggle with this forever because it’s in our very nature to do the complete opposite.

This is why we need a God that is real and true and is the epitome of love. We are not able to love perfectly on our own. Someone has to pick up the slack. The more we try to model a life like Jesus, one that loves others and encourages them, I think we will find a better balance between radical Christianity and “watered down” versions.

Love God and love others. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you have to be a mindless drone with no personal sense of self. It is the complete opposite, in fact. You don’t have to abandon your beliefs to reach unbelievers, and you also should never be so narrow in your faith that you won’t even entertain the idea of associating with people who differ from you. Never be so radical that you deter people from even considering exploring your faith. Speak the truth and never falter from it, but do so with love and kindness. The greatest act you can do is to walk among those who are still sleeping and by your light guide them to something greater than themselves. This doesn’t always happen, but when it does it is magical.

In conclusion, don’t ever let someone make you feel “uncool” for being a Christian, and also don’t ever convince yourself you are somehow above a non-believer for being a Christian. Just try and be more like Jesus everyday.

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13 Comments

  1. YESSSS GIRL. Preach. I love this. I found myself being like, “Amen” through so much of this. I think the “dos” and “don’ts” of Christianity has created more than anything a feel of inadequacy and hypocrisy. Jesus just wants you. Our church has a tagline- “Not religious? Neither are we”. It is what drew us to the church. It’s all about relationship. And Jesus wants us regardless of who we are, where we have been, etc. etc. He just wants us. Through that relationship he will transform us, but it’s not to fit some cookie-cutter mold that the church lately has constructed- It’s to be an individual to do His work for His kingdom! Thank you for opening up this conversation. Loved this!

  2. Exactly because you need to be yourself, I challenge you to use a tag #iammyself1 in your article or on Instagram. I want to know you more 🙂
    See exactly what I mean here https://iamioana.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/who-are-you/
    Please use it, is a move you can be part of.
    kisses 🙂

  3. Yes! You can be unique and still have God within you xx

  4. Being a believer is not about buildings or organisations – it is about a deep , inner connection to a Being who is pure Unconditional Love. 🙂

  5. Reblogged this on genuinechaos.com and commented:
    Eloquently stated. Exactly how I feel.

    1. Thank you for sharing Sarah!

  6. J L Hunt

    Great viewpoints to remember & live by…a good read 🙂

    1. admin

      Thank you!

  7. Thank you for sharing this. I often feel like I am not a “real Christian” because I don’t fit the mold or talk the way so many Christians do.

    1. Thank you! I love your blog btw 🙂

  8. When I was a young Christian, I used to think if I really followed Jesus I would become a robot-like person with no personality of my own. Now I know its only in coming to Christ that a person becomes who they were created to be. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Yes!! Loved the post!! I struggle with this so much!! Mainly because I would always put these “super” Christians on pedestals, focusing more about being like them. I would think, “that’s what a Christian looks like. I want to be just like them”, and of course I couldn’t because God had created me, each of us, wonderful and unique. Great post! Really enjoyed it!!

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