I Am A Christian, But I Support Others' Apparent ‘Sins’

I Am A Christian, But I Support Others' Apparent ‘Sins’

It's called equality, not sinning.

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I don't expect everyone to agree with my beliefs. And that's okay; in fact, it's good. If everyone agreed, we would have a much greater concern. But I think that, these days, people and their values are constantly being shamed and stereotyped by others. I want to express my opinion in hopes to break some of those stigmas, while extending support to those who may need it.

I am a Christian. I love being a Christian.

I am also liberal. I love being liberal.

And a large part of that is because I support many of the left-wing social ideologies. Not all Christians are the same; not all people are the same.

I was raised in a Christian household and I later chose to accept the faith. During my childhood, I attended church every Sunday. (Which was great, because we always went out to eat afterwards!) We prayed before every family meal. I attended a week-long overnight bible camp every summer for 10 years. I rode my bike three miles during the summer to attend, and later volunteer, at the VBS in my hometown. And I was a part of the food pantry at my church for over seven years. I was surrounded by those who dedicated their lives to the Lord, coming from all different backgrounds and stories.

After graduating and moving out of my parents' house, those habits slightly changed.

By traditional standards, I am by no means the "perfect Christian." I no longer attend a church service every Sunday morning, nor do I read the bible before going to bed or pray before every meal. But that does not degrade my faith. I wholeheartedly believe that there's a God. That has never been, nor will it ever be questioned. But, as I was taught, God is loving, God is caring and God is forgiving. And, if we are to follow His word, we should be too.

I am proud to believe in God; it is not something I hide. But it is not something I use as an excuse to judge others. In fact, it is quite the opposite; I support those whose decisions reflect the stereotypical and traditional definition of "sinning."

I support marrying whomever you love, regardless of gender. I support dressing in what makes you feel confident. I support expressing yourself, instead of hiding behind a mask. I support making mistakes, learning from them and then making that mistake again. I support being true to who you are. And, I support a lot more. As long as your happiness does not directly harm anyone else, then it should not be neglected. Because my God taught me to love others, and, to me, that means supporting others.

If someone is different than yourself, it does not make them wrong. Rather, it makes them human; it makes you human. Different beliefs, values, morals, races, ethnicities, abilities, genders, classes, etc.-- those are normal. And that endless mountain of differences, that is beauty.

As humans, we have no authority to judge or hurt those with whom we disagree. It is not your decision to regulate another's life, especially if it is not affecting yours. If someone's happiness is not harmful to another person's, then they should be free to live their life. It is called equality, not sinning.

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Growing up, we have all probably wondered about the man we will marry — what he looks like, what his voice sounds like, what color his eyes are, etc. We have all watched Disney's fairy tale movies like "Cinderella," "The Little Mermaid" and "Sleeping Beauty." The love stories that Disney creates can be merely fiction. Knowing this leads many people to believe that kind of love does not exist. As a kid, I always wanted to be Ariel and find my Prince Eric. The older I got, I realized that that kind of man does not exist without God. The Disney love story only exists through God. God writes a love story that we can not imagine. That is why we should be confident in His will for our lives. We should be confident in the love story God is writing for us.

I woke up this morning thinking about relationships and how hard it is to be in one at the age of 20. I'm not looking for a husband or a significant other right now, but I am praying for that special someone that God has planned for my life. Whether God places this special man in my life next week or in 20 years, I am going to be praying for him. I pray for the man that seeks God and His guidance. I just can't imagine being with someone who doesn't love God as much as I do. Honestly, I've decided that from this point on, I am going to let God guide my footsteps. I refuse to worry about all that is wrong with me when I should just be praying for the man God has in store for me.

Girls my age have been blinded to what a good boyfriend is and what a potential husband really looks like. I pray for the man who prays before each meal and thanks God for his simple blessings. I don't want to end up settling for less-I know what I deserve and I know that God has a plan. The husband I pray for is the man I want my daughters looking up to and being proud to have as a father. I want my children to know that their father loves Jesus and is not ashamed of it. A man who is ashamed of Jesus or only loves Jesus on Sundays is not husband material. I want my husband to be the man people associate Jesus with.

I pray that my husband is humble. I pray that my husband makes strangers feel his loving presence and know that Jesus is present in his life. I pray that my husband wants the same things I do, like 15 children — just kidding. But, I do pray that he has a sense of humor and that he understands my need for laughter and sunshine in my life. I pray that my husband seeks Jesus during hard times and understands when the answer to his prayers are no. I hope my husband understands that no matter what, God has a plan and an answer, even if it isn't what he wants. I want my husband to be understanding of my needs and what I want out of life. I want my husband to encourage me and my decisions. I want my husband to be the man that my children know is praying for them. I want my husband to be the man who cries the first time he sees me in my wedding dress walking down the aisle. I want my husband to be the man our kids can run to at 3:00 a.m because they had a bad dream and need him to hold them. I want my husband to have a loving and sincere heart. I pray that the man I am going to marry is praying for me, just like I'm praying for him.

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11 Bible Verses To Help When The Anxiety Is About To Get The Best Of You

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College can be a mixture of excitement, fun, definitely stressful, and full of anxiety. I know there are times when I am stressed and I feel like there is nothing I can do. Stress can be this giant weight that just wears you down no matter how hard you tried to get rid of it. These are a few bible verses that help me whenever I feel stressed or I am filled with anxiety.

1. Isaiah 41:10

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"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."


Whenever we have fear, just know that God is with you. Through him He will give you strength. He will be there to lift us in in our times of fear and your anxiety.

2. Psalms 56:3

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"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you."


I feel like this one is pretty self-explanatory. Whenever you feel afraid or are dealing with something that you are not quite sure will work out, then just give it over to God. It will definitely help. It can help take off that weight that you are dealing with.

3. Philippians 4:6

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"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."


Whenever you feel anxious about something then give it over to God. A way to give it over to God is through prayer. There is power in the persistence of prayer.

4. John 14:27

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"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you."


You cannot find peace in worldly things, but you find peace in God.

5. Psalms 94:19

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"When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul."


The world is very good at making people stressed and worried. In this verse, the "cares of my heart are many" is talking about the different worries that people have, but in God, we can still find joy in the midst of all those worries.

6. Proverbs 12:25

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"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad."


This verse goes to show that words can drastically effect a person's attitude and mood. Even when a person is going through something, kind words can make them feel better. If you read the Bible, I can guarantee that it will help you through anything. It is amazing what the Word can do.

7. Psalms 23:4

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"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."


This verse is an excellent reminder that through horrid things, God will be there to watch over you and protect you. There is nothing we cannot do if we have God there with us. We just have to remember that He will never leave us or forsake us.

8. Joshua 1:9

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"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."


The fact that God is with you seems to be a running theme in these verses. You would think that we would not forget it so easily since God has made it so clear. In God, we can be strong and courageous. We have nothing to worry about.

9. Matthew 6:34

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"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."


There are definitely things throughout the day that we can all worry about. It could be a test, a project due at work, or even friendship or relationship problems. However, worrying about it is not going to help. There is also no point in worrying about the next day because we will have no control over it. We do not know what the next day will bring so why worry about it? That is what this verse is trying to say.

10. Mark 5:36

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"But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, 'Do not fear, only believe.'"


As long as we believe in Jesus then we have no reason to fear. All it takes is for us to believe that He can help us through anything.

11. Deuteronomy 31:6

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"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you."


I referenced this verse earlier. It was sort of unintentional, but there is so much truth and power behind it. This verse relates to what it is saying in Joshua 1:9 (verse previously mentioned). That verse asks "Have I not commanded you?" This verse is telling us that we need to be strong.

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