I Do Not Identify With My Religion

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I do not identify with my religion.

Today’s version of Christianity has either become so watered down, it’s no longer effective OR the opposite. In which it’s so intolerant and hateful it makes people run as far away as they can.

When you tell people you’re a Christian, they’re not impressed. And, who could blame them?

In American society today, we cannot stand up for what we believe in. Sure, there’s freedom of speech and all that, but when you talk about something being sinful you’re criticized for being judgemental. So we sit. Quietly. On the sidelines we wait for that brazen Facebook post so we can click “Like”, or MAYBE “Share” it. But that’s as far as our boldness goes.

We talk about being soldiers for Christ, but what are we fighting for? The ability to sit back and watch as our children are taught that black is white? Or worse, there’s only gray and no moral absolutes?

Public schools teach our children “gender neutrality” and proper pronouns for those who do not identify with their biological makeup. I remember being in 5th grade and the VHS being shown needing consent. And all it did was teach girls about their puberty and boys likewise.

I Do Not Identify With My Religion

Now, teachers read books and have guest lecturers speaking on all kinds of subjects.

And lately, I remember a song my Dad used to always reference (even though he didn’t care for country music):

He’d say, “You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be your own man not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right and uphold your family name
You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything”

{Emphasis mine: Lyrics courtesy AZLyrics,}

Like much of the advice given by my parents, I didn’t really understand what this meant. As an adult, I see all too clearly. Changes happen in church attendance yearly, and the number of people not attending church or not believing in God increases. (Source: Gallup Poll).

So when people say they do not believe in God, they do not believe in anything. And if no belief system is in place, then where do the moral lines get drawn? Or do they even exist?

You have to have something to stand for, something you believe in, or anything that comes along will sway you. Like the people today deceived by the lie that they’re something other than what they were born. And, by the way, this is not a point I’m willing to argue. You either have 2 X chromosomes or an X and a Y, and those are in your DNA. It’s who you are.

Stand for right, or stand for wrong, but either way, it’s not me doing the judging.

The flip side of not taking a stand is being so hateful no one listens anyway.

I don’t want to be “that guy”, either.

I do not agree with all the gender neutrality. Having three sons, they have male genitalia and I will tell them they are boys. I’m raising them to be good men. Men who love their wives, are good fathers, and serve Jesus with all their hearts.

But here’s the thing: that doesn’t mean if you disagree that I hate you. It also doesn’t mean I have to agree with your life choices, as you might not agree with mine.

People like to reference Jesus, saying he helped the adulterous woman and ate with sinners. And those are absolutely true statements. But here’s what Jesus did NOT do: stand for wrong. Jesus didn’t help the adulterous woman because she claimed she was without sin. He didn’t socialize with the sinners who thought they were perfect. Jesus had no tolerance for hypocrites or those who thought they were without sin. Far from it.

Jesus loves everyone, yes, but that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be repentance.

It doesn’t mean you can live whatever kind of life you want and still please Him.

If you’re already saved, it doesn’t mean you can sit back and allow Satan to control how we respond and interact with others and in the world around us.

I do not identify with my religion.

Why?

Because I’m tired of sitting on the sidelines hoping someone else will make a comment I can agree with. I’m tired of singing songs like, “I’m a soldier in the army of The Lord” when I’ve not donned any uniform or weapon.

And rather than looking down on those who don’t believe as I do, I’ll do better to show them Jesus through me, because my greatest testimony isn’t the words I use. It’s my life and the fact that if He saved me He can save anyone. And if I’m worth His love, then we all are.

I’m tired of saying I stand for Jesus but backing down in the face of criticism.

Hey, Facebook, I don’t watch filthy shows on Netflix and I don’t think it’s okay to watch pornography. And you might disagree. But hey, that’s fine. Me saying how wrong you are or that you’re going to hell isn’t going to draw you to my side. Not when so many people hurt because of the church.

So I won’t back down when it comes to standing for Jesus or standing for what’s right.

But I also won’t throw stones at you.

Because if not for His love I’d have been stoned a long time ago. And I want the unbeliever to know there’s a better life in Jesus. So by not identifying with the watered down, American version of Christianity, I hope to show just one person that there is a God out there who truly loves you.

January 13, 2018
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