I was recently called a bad Christian. I’m not surprised. I’m pretty sure I’m referred to as a bad Christian fairly often, in hushed tones or in thoughts over Facebook posts, or maybe even this blog.
There are lots of reasons I’m a bad Christian. I curse like a sailor. I’m a democrat. I support a woman’s right to choose. Gay folks and trans people are not going to hell. There probably isn’t a hell. There’s probably not a heaven–not like the Amerian evangelicals think. There is a “where God is.” There is a new creation. There is a kingdom. I screw up. I tell petty lies now and again. I empathize. I judge. I serve. I apologize when I need to. I try to set a good example. I love. I even try to love the people I don’t love. I try to love people I don’t even like.
Cheers to the Jesus followers and heretics. Cheers to hard choices and infuriating circumstances. Cheers to those attempting to live in the way of love and healing in spite of everything. Cheers to the bad Christians.
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Oh my gosh! I love you. I effing love you. I left religion and I’m pretty sure I’m a bad Christian now too. But mercy… as much as I try to fight it, the Lord has captured my heart and even in what many would judge, He continues to show me that LOVE always wins, because He. Is. Love.
I hope you are well. I miss you!! ❤️
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Heyyyy, lady! Love you a ton and miss your face!
Many have been hurt by comments, and advice from those who have professed to be Christian. I learned about the different personalities, and this helped me understand clearly what was happening to me. The same kind of people were critics, but they didn’t want any comments from me. I started to get bitter, and withdraw. Then I remembered how much people have taken in the past from religious people. God wants us to be honest before Him, and to have a relationship with Him. He knows all things, and I have dropped the need to be religious, but I read my Bible daily, and I maintain a quiet relationship with Him. I know better than to drop what I have, but speaking the truth in love is rarely what I offer. I pray for people who need prayers, if they are sick, down, or need advice. I give it when I have a listener, but you know, none of us are perfect. We all either choose to walk with Him, or to stop. I will go on with Him, and I have forgiven people. I believe walking with God is a relationship that is personal between you, and Him. God has captured my heart, and I pray for those who I see who are suffering, and tired. I paint flowers usually, but I am going to be painting again. I have a picture that I want to paint, and it is different, but simple. I haven’t painted in a year maybe, but my family is gone, and I trust that I will see them again one day. This one is special, and I see the whole picture. It is a hobby, and it gets my mind off my worries when I paint. I just “happened” by.