Greetings to all in the “cyber-world”.
This week’s post on my blog is being turned over to my oldest daughter, who recently put a very touching and sincere post on her Facebook site. A bit of background here. M.C. is most definitely her “own person.” She’s always been a bit of a rebel and non-conformist in an area where non-conformists aren’t exactly embraced by the general populace. Her hair is usually purple (or some other color usually not seen naturally in homo sapiens) and she’s got several piercings and tatoos. However, she’s active in two churches and is unashamedly a born-again Christian. I’m extremely proud that both of my daughters are confident enough to be themselves and to prove all the folks out there that think that born again Christians fit a particular “mold”.
I spent much of my afternoon scouring Youtube and iTunes for karaoke tracks for use in varous church services/performances/ect. And on my linking journey, YouTube directed me to some disturbing videos. Do you know how many anti-religious videos are out there?? MILLIONS!!!!
The first video I came across was recorded in December of ’08 and featured a gentleman discusiing his resolution fro 2009. Sounds safe enough right?? But alas, his rsolution was to “say buh-bye to Jesus” for a year. This young man spent about 5 minutes on a very well written, inteligent dirscourse on how religion will “undercut the abilities of our children and our society to compete…on an international level.” He also staes “…try to think outside the box that your family and society forced you into.” Another of is videos is set up like a Sci-Fi movie, in which he informs society on how to protect themselves from “Faith Zombies” aka Christians. There are surely thousands of similar videos, all of which really get under my skin. So, here’s my response:
Christians in Boxes?: Uhm no. Have you met me?? What about contemporary Christian rock bands, like Skillet, Sanctus Real, Flyleaf, adn Outrun the Gun? Christian society is just as vast and diverse as any other. Christians worldwide come from all backgrounds, all styles, and all races. Christians are goths, punks, skaters, upper class socialites, blue collar workers, butlers, maids, and in some countries-even slaves. You simply cannot stand there and say that our families have put us in “boxes”. It’s clearly untrue.
I suppose the point of all this is to stress that our God is an awesome God, through and through. he wants us to be free, creative, artistic, wacky, loud, wild, unusual, unique, silly, serious, contemplative, social, shy- WHOEVER WE WANT TO BE! Jesus loves me (yes, I know) just as much as He loves the uber conservative old folks at my church. Faith is NOT a box. God’s love has NO WALLS. Just look around you- the earth is filled with his creations! 😀 Would a god in a box be able to make a sunset as beutiful as ours? Or a critter as ugly as funny looking as an anteater? I think not.
In closing, I hope that you my brothers and sisters in Christ will remember that Jesus loves us ALL equally, no matter what we are, who we are, or where we are. His love is endless, His power is limitless, and no one can make me believe any differently.
Have a blessed week everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!