1. When I tell someone I'm a Christian, I am immediately dismissed as a prude, goody-goody, and uber neo-con. (And this is a problem that many face, of all religions.) When I say I am a Christian, I mean I am a follower of Christ. I believe in Jesus. I have taken him as my Savior. I try to follow his teachings to the best of my ability. Being a Christian is like have a big neon sign attached to you that reads "Killjoy".

It makes me angry when people don't want to get to know me because I am a Christian.

2. When I quote the Bible as my source, I get the proverbial eye roll. You can use your spiritual book or science book to show your point. I may not believe it, and it may not apply to my life, but it does to you and I respect that. I would like to have that same consideration. You may not believe the Bible, but it's valid to me.

It makes me angry when my "argument" is blown off because my stance is rooted in the Bible.

3. When Believers bicker with each other, we undo any good we may have done. We like to argue over denominational details - baptism, drinking, tattoos, etc. It's a shame we forget that Jesus is the one true way to Salvation and all that other stuff is secondary.

It makes me angry when we, Christians collectively, don't conduct ourselves in a way that Christ would have us to do so.

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Roseb...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 6:17 PM

Wow!!! so true. I have seen many qluices in churches and very judgemental Christians.

I have a relationship with God that nnone can change. And if you want to judge me because I have tattoos or enjoy a glass of wine...then so be it. I don't have to answer to anyone except my one and only Saviour.

Very well written hun.

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1mama...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 7:25 PM Thanks for the comment sweetie. I have 2 tattoos. That's my "rocker" side that most people won't see because of my 'flashing neon sign'. LOL

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mamadita
Jun. 1, 2008 at 8:17 PM

1 Peter 4:13 

 

 13But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

2 Corinthians 1:5  

 

 5For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 

I understand your anger...but this is apart of being a Christian...we will suffer as Christians.

 

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momof...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 10:00 PM Thank you for saying what is so true. Our preacher has tatto's on his lower arms. He doesn't try to hide them. It gets old when we're constantly judged for our beliefs. It is a mamadita above me states."we will suffer as Christians"  Kudos to you.

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Cryst...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 10:58 PM This kind of reminds me of what my pastor was talking about today.  That we have to be adaptable.  One thing in particular as a church we have to adapt.  As the world changes we must keep up.  The last thing God is worried about is how we are dressed, if we have piercing or tattoos, or if we sing from a hymnal.  And as for being a killjoy, there are times going to church is like going to a rip roaring party or a comedy hour, and somehow we come out renewed and uplifted.

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