Okay so lately God has really been putting atheism on my heart. And I don’t know why, cuz I have never really given a damn about it before. To me it’s always been the case of either a “Christian” gets tired of living the “hard” life of reading their bible and praying everyday or they suffer a loss and shake fists at God and give up suddenly “taking up the heroic mantle of atheism” (which most who claim atheism are just anti-Christian in my experience). It really is just a cop out, an excuse to be lazy and I never really cared to learn anything about it cuz I try not to be lazy myself :) haha but seriously, I hate debating and arguing and frankly that’s all I’ve ever known about atheists, they love to argue and debate their opinion. Why the hell would I want to be an atheist? But God has placed me in the world to be a light into the darkness so I must show love to these weird atheists. I asked some of my mentors some good books to read, and got a few suggestions allot by author Joshua McDowell and I will be blogging during my reads off and on starting with “More than a Carpenter” by Joshua McDowell. May I start off with I HATE READING. Unless it really grabs my attention and keeps it I can’t read a book. The Outsiders and a few others I can’t think of at the moment are the only ones that I remember reading and LOVING it fom start to finish. So here we go, pray for me or wish me random, meaningless luck if you’re an atheist. :)
Facebook has become more and more difficult to maintain social networking and my regular life and I’ll try my best to explain properly. I love how Facebook allows me to connect with friends and acquaintances that I don’t normally spend time with. I love the fact I can communicate with my family that are miles away. That feature is the main reason I keep my Facebook. The sole feature of Facebook since its creation was the ability to express yourself however you want and let the world hear what you have to say, and that’s awesome to an extent. You see lately, people and friends express their opinion on my posts, my friends posts and my families posts and it’s becoming harder and harder for me to realize that they are merely expressing themselves and nothing more. For those who have seen this situation play out time after time you know what I’m talking about. one person starts a purely opinionated question and comments start pouring in from several individuals of what they think and a handful of people say what they think in such a way that sounds like they are stating that as fact. Which aggravates me to no end. There can be no right or wrong in an opinion whatsoever. Yes there’s fact in a debate but when the question lies solely on who you think is cooler or musically talented that is left unanswered publicly but answered in the individual’s taste. Now I know that much now, but why is it so hard to remember that when it’s online? I get so frustrated and feel inferior when people say that I’m wrong for having an opinion that is mine and mine only. I know that there’s no wrong or right answer but why do I feel I need to prove my opinion right when someone makes me out to be stupid for having my own opinion? And that’s where the dilemma is, I know that there’s no wrong or right when it comes to a matter of opinion vs opinion but I still can’t shake getting defensive of myself and being in a bad mood for however long it takes me to calm down. It’s to the point where I want to delete my Facebook just to get away from it all. But anywho that’s my thoughts on the matter. You’re welcome to tell me I’m wrong in your opinions if you would like:)
I don’t like worship.
Now before you get the pitchforks out and blaze up the torches, hear me out haha. I grew up in church and know about the bible and have studied it and continue pursuing my relationship with God daily. For those of you who know me I’ve attended Master’s Commission Remix for 3 years. But what I haven’t yet learned or understood was the need for traditional “worship” and what I mean by that is music and singing songs to God. Specifically before or after a church service. Now what I’ve been told when I was younger is that worship isn’t about singing songs and whatnot it’s about respect to God. And later on in my adult life studying the bible I was taught that worship is an act, using your gifts is worship to God. While I was figuring this out asking other worship people “why we worship” they have all told me the same thing, “it’s a surrender and being comfortable or something to respect to God.” now don’t get me wrong, there’s times where I do enjoy a traditional worship scene 180 and Harvest Time they both have very gifted from God talents they use to enter in to the presence of God. Worshiping with your talents I think is more meaning to God. I love serving and it’s my gift God gave me. I also enjoy meditating, spending time with Him and enjoying in nature and that is also worship.
Religion has gotten so twisted up since Jesus walked this earth. I guess when I say religion in this context I mean “Christianity”. I mean people have gotten too focused on the “rules and regulations” of church and neglected the main point of Jesus’ life mission. Love God, love people, end of story.
Okay I guess I can say some more… Jesus loved people regardless of their past, their social status or their present state. Jesus saw a broken soul that needed the Love of Christ. See Christ is a gift, MEANT TO BE SHARED! How can we who “live for God” share this message if we are too scared or think these people are undeserving of this gift? I mean yeah the preppy kids and the people with higher social status can receive the word, yes preach to them show them God’s love. What about the drug addict, the homosexual, the homeless man, the prostitute, They don’t deserve God based on their lives they’ve chose to live. But WE DON’T deserve God! None of us do!! WE are imperfect and flawed and full of sin since the day we were born. But Jesus came and gave us grace and mercy when we didn’t deserve anything. Now we walk around picking and choosing who receives Christ, based on who we want to share it to, IF we even do that! Some of us stay in our spiritual holy huddles sheltered away hiding in the church away from the world full of sinners. Just wasting our lives, keeping God to ourselves. The church is the body of believers doing the will of God. The church is OUT THERE! We make ourselves so sheltered and unaccustomed to the world and their culture, by shunning their habits, speech and lifestyle. clinging to the things of God and nothing else. Staying far away from the “sin” inside them. We are fishing in holy water looking to catch a lost soul. We must be willing to not COMPROMISE, but simply TOLERATE the things of this world to reach those in the world. Jesus went out of his way to talk to the Samaritan woman at the well when NO ONE would even talk to her, she was TRASH. but Jesus talked to her, simply talked to her and her life was forever changed from then because she had a life experience with the true savior. Today Jesus doesn’t walk around healing and reaching out and saving, and touching lives… He died so we can have salvation and to be with us far into the future. We are now taking up his mission. We are to talk to the diseased, the outcast, the forgotten. This world has a crappy view on God thanks to the “religious” people who followed the rules and the law too much to love the people who need that love of Christ so they can understand the law fully. Luckily, religion has destroyed all good aspects of Christians and put us in a good spot to make a real difference in this world. When we choose to put aside the rules and regulations religion has set before us and love people unconditionally and ALL inclusively we give those people hope that there is a God who loves them. You may be the only Jesus they see.