I've been really grappling with a few issues over the last six months or so, a lot of it about how the Christian life impacts my lifestyle and those of the people around me. And in this note I've decied to be completely honest.
Honestly, I spend more money at the gym than I give in my tithe and
offering. I go out most weekends, without intentions to drink, and yet
others see this as being influenced by the world. I'm pro choice. I have
gay friends, and I don't see any issue with people of the gay community
being fully invovled within churches. I'm not a massive fan of the God
Mania, I don't believe in Youth Alive charging kids to go to their
rallies, especially when a church hosts it. I'm not particularly
pro-Hillsong, I hate that many of the bigger churches use money to spam
your letterbox. I believe in ecology for the sake of God, but I also
don't believe that if you don't believe in 7-day-new-earth Creation that
you're not a true Christian. I like altar calls, I don't like the way
they're done most of the time. I think accountablity is a load of croc
much of the time. I have always felt inadequate because I am not
musically talented, and can't be a part of worship teams (unless they
are very desperate). I hate theological debates, and yet if I bow out of
one the Christians will heckle me more than the debater will.
Why is it that we feel that we need to conform to this Christian
lifestyle? What gives pastors and those in leadership the right to tell
us what we can and can't do with our Saturday nights, with our money and
with our relationships?
What I'm saying is simple. It isn't about conforming to the
lifestyle which people have created as the "cool new Christian thing" to
do. It is really about getting serious. Grappling with God about the
big stuff is better than giving in to what the church (or your friends,
pastors, leaders... etc) wants you to do. and why's that? Because we
were called not to live a blind faith. We have to make our own
decisions, based on our own relationship with God. What I believe is to
be true, and what you believe may be completely opposite, and that's
okay. I don't know everything, and I'm sure that as time goes on, most
of my opinions will dramatically change.
Maybe I'm a radical, or maybe you'll rather believe that I'm
misguided and unbiblical. If you do, that's cool. I'm not here to
debate. I'm just here to put it out there. Honestly. Maybe some of what
I've said will help you feel less alone in this Christian life. I
sincerely hope it does.
As a disclaimer: I have been honest. I haven't gone into extensive
detail about the issues I've outlined. If you want to know more about
where I'm coming from: ask me. I don't mind being put on "the spot",
especially on Facebook. Once again: I don't have all the answers. I
don't claim to either.