I am a CHRISTian

I am a...

I was born and raised in America. Therefore, I am an American.
I went to school and I graduated. Therefore, I am a graduate.
I got married. Therefore, I am a wife.
I gave birth to a baby. Therefore, I am a mom.
I regularly go to church. Therefore, I am a church-goer.
I was born into a Catholic family and raised Catholic. Therefore, I understand Catholicism.

Wait… what? Notice that I didn’t say that I’m a Christian (or Catholic) because my family is and therefore I am. I didn’t say I’m a Christian because I grew up going to church. I didn’t say I’m a Christian because I was confirmed at some point through the Catholic (or any other denomination of) church. (I actually never was “confirmed” in the traditional Catholic sense.) I didn’t say I’m Christian because I vaguely believe in some form of a god or higher power. I didn’t say I’m a Christian because isn’t that what Americans are??

I had a moment five years ago when I chose to follow Jesus Christ with all of my life. Therefore, I am a CHRISTian.

Being a CHRISTian doesn’t just happen because we grew up in a Christian home or with a church-going family. CHRISTianity is not a set of rules or traditions to follow. It’s not a default because of our nation, neighborhood, family or family church. It’s a choice. A very simple choice, although, it’s not always easy.

Being CHRISTian is a choice to put CHRIST first in everything we do. It’s a choice to follow His leading, no matter what He’s asking. It’s a choice to love and show love like He does, no matter who we’re facing. (And He loves EVERY person.) It’s a choice to the right thing, even when it’s really hard. It’s a choice to pray with and for every person that He died to save (READ: EVERYONE). It’s a choice to trust Him, even if it makes us seem kinda weird.

I’m aware that I’m not the standard when Americans think of Christians; I’m a true Christ follower. I’m a CHISTian – a “follower of Christ”. Which is what the word literally means. As I go through my days here on earth, I try to consciously ask myself, “what would Jesus actually do in this situation?” And then I ask Him for myself. And I listen for an answer. That seems weird, but it usually gives me the ability to love you, even if I don’t like you.

Therefore, I won’t bash you for your beliefs. I won’t bash you for your lifestyle. I won’t protest your lifestyle. I won’t protest your choices. I won’t tell you who to vote for. I won’t tell you which bathroom to use. I won’t post things on social media that will start a fight. I won’t fight with anyone on social media at all. I won’t fight people. I won’t tell you that you’re going to hell if you disagree with me.
I could go on.

However, I will pray for you. I will talk and post about Jesus a lot, even if it makes you uncomfortable. I will love you. I will boldly walk up to people I do and don’t know to share who I have received. I will pray in public. I will probably look strange to you if you aren’t the same “kind” of Christian, or if you aren’t one at all. I will be bold with my faith. I will do things that seem weird if God asks me to.
I could go on.

My God is real. More real than anything and anyone I’ve ever known. He knows me in ways that nobody else ever could – including me! He loves me unconditionally and meets me right where I’m at. I don’t have to change to “be better” to go to Him. He will continue to make changes in me and I consider it a blessing when He does. Even if the rest of the world sees those changes as weird, or however they see them. I’m not the same woman I was five years ago. And I thank God that I’m not!

I’m a CHRISTian. A Christ follower. I pray that you are or will be too.

If that’s something that you want to know more about, here is a great starting place.

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10 replies

  1. I too am a CHRISTian…Jesus is my Lord, brother and friend, not just my savior. Good post.

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  2. John 8:11King James Version (KJV)
    11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
    King James Version (KJV)
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    Your words are inspiring and even though I am in full agreement to the intent I cannot and will not condone sin. God’s love is conditional; he hates sin and makes it clear throughout the Old and New Testaments. Sin leads to hell, if I really love someone then it is my purpose to denounce their sin as Jesus would and did do. If we accept sin then we are not Christians. Salvation comes from faith and repentance comes from being an example and walking in the footsteps of Jesus. I will never be able to condemn sin but I will surly make it clear how much I hate it, and what it has done to me and what it is doing to the world in which I live.

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    • I agree that God hates sin, but not the sinner. There are different kinds of “sin” and I agree that if we are intentionally walking in sin, we probably don’t truly know God… But that’s another post for another day.

      God loves people. All people. He isn’t willing that any should perish and it breaks His heart when they do. Jesus told us the greatest commandments are to love. Love God and love others. There weren’t conditions attached. So, while I see your point, I also know that Jesus is much smarter than me and if He said it was most important, I’ll do well to be mindful of it.

      I’m not perfect at it. I mess it up and miss the mark sometimes. But God still loves me. 💕 Thank God!! Here is the scripture that speaks to me the most about love lately:

      “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” -‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:7-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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  3. Amen friend, you got that perfectly right friend.

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  4. Nice to know others ( especially American others 😉 ) know what i am starting to learn. Nice Blog.

    Love.

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