me at an old abandoned creepy church...
When trying to find a photo to use for this post, I typed in "christian" and "religion" on pinterest and the first hundred or so images were of "Christian Louboutin" shoes and "True Religion" jeans. That's saying something...
I believe in God. I am a Christian and I strive to raise my boys to know the true faith and acceptance of Jesus Christ. I try to make it to church on Sundays, however it usually averages about once a month.
I don't believe that I am any more a Christian if I attend church every Sunday. Just as much as I don't believe I am any less a Christian if I don't.
I cuss, I drink too much, and I do a few more things that I shouldn't mention and none of them makes me any less a child of God. None of them makes me any less a Christian.
I'm not sure where the idea came from that those who don't walk the straight and narrow are un-Christlike. Or that we are "hypo-christians." Tell me where does it state in the bible that all followers of God have to be perfect?
I have tattoos, I cuss here and there and *gasp* I had sex before wedlock. I hold grudges and I hate child molesters. HATE them. The bible says to "always forgive" but God help me, if anyone ever hurt one of my kids? There would be no forgiving on my part. Ever.
And I'm content with that. I know still without a shadow of a doubt that God will accept me into Heaven one day as His child, regardless of my un-forgiving heart. I know God doesn't judge me for my eight tattoos, even though it says in the old testament in Leviticus 19:28 "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you; I am the Lord."
I believe within the depths of my soul that God doesn't give a shit about my tattoos.
He also doesn't love me any less because I just said the word "shit."
I love my church. The one I make it to only once a month. The church that is always happy to see me. The church where it doesn't matter what I wear. The church that doesn't care if you are gay or straight. Doesn't care if you are wearing your "Sunday best."
All my church cares about is that you are there.
Just that you are there.
And if you aren't there? Like me most Sundays? They are just happy to see you when you can make it. No judging goes on at my church. My church doesn't care about your political stance or how many kids you have outside of wedlock...all my church cares about is just that you are there.
My church is open and accepting and judgement free.
And I think my church is exactly how God intended it to be.