Christianity Isn't About Condemnation; It's About Love

Christianity Isn't About Condemnation; It's About Love

Jesus was in the business of loving people.
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At the first of the year I wrote about how I was focusing on all the positives for the year. I was going to write something positive out of every day and put it in a jar, so at the end of the year I could have 365 positive things to reflect on. I’m not going to lie, I gave up about a month and a half in. With the memory of a goldfish, it’s kind of a challenge to remember. It wasn’t a resolution because I don’t believe in resolutions, but rather a goal I set for myself. Well, since I fell off the positivity jar, I have created a new goal: being a better Christian.

I feel like Christians have a bad rep. We judge too much. We condemn everyone to Hell if they don’t follow certain rules set out in the Bible. We hate the gays, transgenders, Muslims and women who have children out of wedlock. We pass judgement before knowing an individual. One of our biggest downfalls is that we seem like hypocrites. Disclaimer – these are reasons I’ve seen in my social media feeds about how Christians are a joke. I’m going to let you in on a little secret, Christians sin just the same and we definitely aren’t perfect. We are guilty of pushing our religion instead of pushing our faith and love.

Being a Christian is more than reading a Bible and attending a church. Being a Christian is a way of life. It’s not only having faith that Jesus was the son of God, but it’s about having a relationship Jesus. It’s about having daily talks with him. It’s about praying regularly. It’s about being able to walk the fine line between right and wrong. It’s about repenting on a regular basis. It’s about being a sinner and knowing that someone else paid the price for it. But most importantly, it’s about the greatest love story of all time.

You see, Jesus didn’t have to die on the cross. He didn’t have to wander the desert, spreading the Word. God chose him to. God chose for his son to suffer and live a life of purity in a world of sin. God chose to sacrifice his one and only Son, just so that we could be forgiven two millennia later when we live in a life where with enough money, anything is possible. Would you be willing to sacrifice your only child in order to free a multitude of people from sin years later? Doubt it, but the good news is that you don’t have to all. God and Jesus loved us enough to make that sacrifice for us.

I don't know much, but I do know one thing. Jesus was in the business of loving people. And if a simple man from Bethlehem can forgive and love the people who were physically crucifying him, then the least I can do is love. No questions asked, no judgements passed, just pure unrequited love. That's what being a Christian is about. Not how big your church is, not what version of the bible you're reading out of or what your Sunday dress is, but having the right faith to love everyone equally with no stipulations or guidelines. It's not our jobs as Christians to condemn or judge, it’s simply our job to “love one another” (John 13:34) and spread the love of the one almighty.

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Christian Women And Modern Feminism Cannot Coexist

Women who hold the truths of the Bible cannot also hold the ideas of modern feminism.

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Feminism, as it is defined, is the "advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes," according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. This is NOT where the problem lies.

Eve was made from the rib of Adam, not from the foot to be below him, or the head to be above him, but the rib to stand beside him. The problem does not stand with the ideology that women and men are equal as humans, as this is a Biblical truth.

The problem lies within what feminism has become.

For Christian women, our calling is outlined directly in Titus 2. It states, "(women) are to love their husbands and children, be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands."

This seems to fly directly in the face of modern feminism, doesn't it? Working at home?! How dare you say that! Notably, this verse never says women cannot have a career outside of the home; it simply says that the home is a priority when a woman has a husband and children.

Submissive to their husbands?! That sounds like slavery!

The church is to submit to Christ's word and will, and the husband is to be the spiritual leader of his home. Similarly, the wife is ideally like the church in which she allows her husband to lead the family. It never says that a woman is a servant and can be abused by her husband.

Modern feminism teaches that women are not just similar to men, but that they should be better.

They constantly focus on what they can do that men can't, and what they can do better than men. Why is this a problem for Christian women? Men and women are meant to complement each other in their personalities and physicalities, they are not meant to try and outdo each other.

God made both man and woman to bind together and live life together, as humans are made for companionship. Modern feminism also teaches that you have every right to abort a child within you, even if it's a result of your own irresponsibilities.

Jeremiah 1:5 states, "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart..." As a Christian woman, how could you support an ideology that completely disregards the sanctity of human life?

Modern feminism attacks the core of Christian womanhood and effectively destroys the special qualities of women created by God.

We are made differently than men and that is OK. If you are a Christian woman, and you hold the truths of the Bible as law in your heart, there is absolutely no logical way that modern feminist ideologies can coexist.

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Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Encouragement for when you're down.

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You are Loved.

"But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush, and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west, I will gather you. I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made." - Isaiah 43:1-10

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16

"The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." - Jeremiah 31:3

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8

You were Created for a Purpose.

"See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me." - Isaiah 49:16

"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11

"So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." - Genesis 1:27

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." - Psalm 139:13

You are Cared for.

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." - 1 Peter 5:6-7

"So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." - Matthew 6:31-33

"For I am the Lord, who heals you." - Exodus 15:26

"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken." - Psalm 55:22

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