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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To Everyone Who Hasn't Had Sex Yet, Wait For Marriage, It's The Right Move

If you have not had sex yet, wait.

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Premarital sex is not a new concept, no matter how much people like to pretend it is. You can trace scripture and historical texts back thousands of year to see that lust and fornication have been a problem since… well, since we humans have been problems.

They tell you in sex ed that sex causes you to form a bond with someone. They throw some big chemical names at you that are apparently in your body and cause that emotional attachment to happen, then you move on (or back to) how important condoms are and why STDs are so scary.

As a middle schooler or teenager, you can't understand what it means to become permanently connected to someone as a result of a quick, physical act.

If you haven't even had your first kiss, you really can't imagine what it's like to develop such a complex and intimate connection with someone because you have yet to feel the butterflies in your stomach from a kiss. So you really don't know what it's like to have a whole different type of feeling in your stomach.

You never forget your first love. It's one of the most cliche things you consistently hear, but it's true. Ask anyone. I guarantee your parents can still spurt out their first love's name in a few seconds. And most people never forget their first time. I know all my friends can recount that often awkward and slightly terrifying moment as if it happened an hour ago. When you mix those two, especially if you are in your teens, oh boy.

You never forget that. No matter how hard you try.

Everything you hear about sex is true: it's amazing, fantastic, life-changing, etc. There's a reason people have done it as frequently as they do, for as long as they have. But every time you sleep with someone, you leave a piece of yourself with them. Every time you choose to take that final physical step with someone, you cannot go back and collect that piece of your dignity and soul that you left with someone.

So, imagine what happens when you break up with someone you've slept with. Or that you just hooked up with. You have given someone a little slice of yourself forever. And you can never get it back. And imagine what happens when you do that multiple times. You give a piece of yourself to five, 10, 15, 20 or more people. Then you meet the person that you want to spend forever with. And you no longer have that whole part of you. You've given pieces away, and you can no longer give those to the love of your life.

So, save those pieces for your future spouse.

If you have not had sex yet, wait. If you have, consider not giving more pieces of yourself away to people who are not your spouse. Sex was created to be between two spouses, nobody else. So we need to try to maintain its integrity.

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I Wish GCU Cared About Faith As Much As They Cared About Basketball

Students at GCU come and go and it would be a shame if all they got was the hype of a basketball game instead of the hype of the Trinity.

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You see advertisements for them everywhere: Snap Chat, Instagram, posters around campus, billboards even, all telling you to go buy your HAVOCS pass or to make sure you secure your ticket for every single basketball game or for those in the surrounding community to get their season tickets. With countless of t-shirt, GCU swag, Purple Pre-Game Parties, Grand Canyon University spends a lot of time, energy, and money making sure their arena is filled for every single basketball game, but not Chapel.

For a missionary school, GCU lacks in reaching out in ministry to their students. The only time a student hears about Chapel that is not a student leader is the first day of classes and at Chapel itself. For how mundane a basketball game is compared to eternal salvation, GCU is missing what is really important at a Christian University.

Why is there no advertising for Chapel, t-shirts giveaways, or any hype for the event that happens every single Monday? Is not praising the one who delivered us from eternal damnation, who gives us peace in the midst of the chaos, who gives us our identity, who created us, who gives us purpose, not worth the same amount, or even more hype than a basketball season that will always come and go? Is not sharing the good news of the Gospel more important than basketball?

If GCU wants to truly be private, Christian, and affordable, they need to step it up in their spiritual life and give equal attention, if not more, to the amount of attention they give to Basketball. GCU needs to approach Chapel attendance in the same urgency they approach basketball attendance. Make the Instagram stories, make the posters, make the facebook events, make the Snap Chat stories, make more of an effort.

Do not get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with attending a basketball and there is nothing wrong with GCU creating a strong sports-fan community. There is something wrong when a sporting event is placed on a higher priority than a ministry opportunity to reach out to students who may not know the Gospel.

To be fair, this past semester, GCU has attempted to make Chapel more intriguing by having outstanding speakers come and talk to the students like Jodi and Friends, Scott MacIntyre, and so on. However, these guest speakers included more plugs for their mission organizations rather than plugs for how the miraculous power of Christ helped them in their journeys.

For a time that is supposed to be set aside to biblical teaching, plug-ins for organizations are not appropriate for the Chapel hour. Save it for another time GCU. Getting students in the door and teaching the true gospel message is more important than having extravagant guest speakers who are going to put more emphasis on their organization than sharing the good news of Christ in that allotted time.

Do not get me wrong, the organizations that have been mentioned at Chapel are fabulous organizations, that do wonderful work for the continuation of the kingdom. However, Chapel is for biblical teaching, not what organizations do.

GCU needs to rethink in what areas may be overlooking the One above and focusing more on worldly things. Basketball comes and goes, guest speakers and organizations comes and goes, but more importantly, students at GCU come and go and it would be a shame that all they got was the hype of a basketball game instead of the hype of the Trinity.


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