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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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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5 Bible Quotes Hate Preachers Must Have Skipped

A lot of people preach a lot of things about who is going to heaven and who is going to hell. They spit out a lot of Bible Verses to back there claims. I just want to show them some that they may have forgotten about.

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A "pastor" came to Villanova last week with some signs that essentially said only perfect people get to Heaven and everybody else hates God. This, quite frankly, pissed me off. He said women are only good for the kitchen. He said eating disorders are nothing more than a choice. He said all gay people are rapists. He said such outlandish, and often contradictory things that I've concluded he doesn't even really believe that stuff but just wants to get people mad so they hit him and he can file a lawsuit, but that's just my guess. Regardless, after all the stuff he said about God how God thinks and judges, after he essentially claimed himself as perfect as God, I just thought I would highlight some parts of the Bible he must have missed.

1. "For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Mt 7:2

I don't want to call the guy out or anything, but if he wants to preach the Word of God I feel like he should know ALL of it. Ya know?

2. "There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?"  James 4:12

3. "For God shows no favoritism" Romans 2:11

God loves everyone equally, I just want the guy to know that. God loves me, and him, and ALL people just the same.

4. "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:18

I'm all for people saying what they believe, that's great. I just want to remind this guy that service might be a tad but more productive than yelling "WHORE" at girls with yoga pants. I might be wrong, I can't be sure what God really wants but we can agree to disagree I guess.

5. "Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." Romans 13:10

I'm not saying this guy was doing harm per se, but something about screaming "You're going to hell" to a group of college students trying to get to class just doesn't seem like love to me. Maybe that's just me though. Again, not judging, just giving my opinion.

Well, I hope that this pastor sees this because I really do just want to make sure he reads all of God's word before he preaches it. I'm really just looking out for him. There are certainly more than he must of missed, but I just thought these would be a good start. Anybody who has been judged or condemned by an "evangelist" like this, please excuse the fact that they forgot about quite a few Bible verses in their preaching. I just want you all to know that no matter who you are, no matter what you believe, no matter how others want to make you feel, God loves you, and so do I.

Peace<3

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