19 Signs You Grew Up Lutheran

19 Signs You Grew Up Lutheran

Confirmation 2013, what a time.

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Switching from the blue to the maroon hymnal was a BIG deal and we love our beer. What else do you really need to know about growing up Lutheran?

1. You remember switching from the blue to the maroon hymnal. 

And it was a biiiiigggggg deal. I know that those older Lutherans even remember the red hymnal.

2. You have a family member that  has probably been drinking beer for your entire life. 

We're German, we're Lutheran. We love our beer. My dad even brews it.

3. You had to go through all of the stages of Confirmation. 

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Ah yes, whether it was memorizing the Small Catechism or trying to explain to your friends that you're not Catholic, confirmation is something that every good Lutheran remembers. And have you ever tried explaining the concept to a non-Lutheran? "It's like baptism... but it's not"

4. The Chilli Cook-off. 

I don't know if this is solely a Lutheran thing, but in every church I've been to, there's a chili cook-off.

5. You have memorized all of the liturgy. 

So much to the point that other denominations believe that you are a cult.

6. You're obsessed with Martin Luther.

And you probably know all 95 Theses.

7. And also with you. 

If you know, you know.

8. Old hymns are the best thing since sliced bread.

We're Lutheran, we love our hymns. And we love the old woman who belts out all of them out of key even MORE.

9. No singing of "Hallelujah" until Easter. 

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You ever been through lent? What a depressing time.

10. If there's a meeting, there's a potluck. 

11. You're used to sitting down and singing. 

"Stand up, stand up for Jesus"... We're singing... while sitting down.

12. You get a workout in during the service. 

Up, down, up, down, up, down.

13. The triangle is a secret symbol.

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"Why is everyone standing except for me? Oh, the triangle... the triangle.."

14. You get to drink at communion.

"That ain't no grape juice, girl" - my mom.

15. "HE IS RISEN INDEED HALLELUJAH!" 

Easter Sunday is truly a beautiful thing and somehow everybody already knows what to say.

16. You know what the LWML is.

Gotta love those LWML ladies.

17. You can identify the church season the characters are in when you're watching movies. 

18. Hymnal ribbons are toys. 

They're fun for braiding.

19. The big white dress. 

Technically it's called an Alb, but If you know, you also know. And no, it's not a wedding.

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I'm A Christian Girl And I'm Not A Feminist, Because God Did Not Intend For Women To Be Equals

It is OK for me to not want to be equivalent with a man.

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To start off, I am not writing this to bash feminists or get hate messages. I am simply writing this to state why I do not perceive myself as a feminist.

March is International Women's Month and that is what has got me thinking about how I view myself as a young woman in the 21st century. I enjoy every day getting to soak up the world as a young lady, particularly in the South.

If you know me, then you know that I love and utterly adore Jesus. He is so perfect. He is everything. He is my whole life. Some people might say that I am a "Bible-thumper" or someone who has had too much Kool-aid and maybe I am, but I know who my Creator is and that He died for me, and that is all that matters.

In my young age, I loved to just sit in church with my parents and absorb all that God would deliver. As I have grown up, I have ventured off and joined a church that is different than my parents, so the responsibility falls more on me, but I love that. Since this era of independence began, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking ownership of my faith.

I spend a lot of time chatting with God, worshipping Him in all kinds of ways, and just diving deeper into His Word. Through all of this growth as a Christian, I have learned a lot, but something I have learned is a concept that some may not agree with, which does not surprise me.

I do not believe God meant for women and men to be equal.

There, I acknowledged the elephant in the room.

It is a shocker, I know, but I have some Biblical evidence to back up this belief that I have.

Let us begin in Genesis. God created man and then he created woman. This was two separate occurrences and order is key. He created Adam and then Eve.

Jesus treated women with grace and kindness, do not get me wrong. I mean just look at how He treated the woman at the well, the one who used all of her expensive perfume to cleanse His feet and not to mention His own biological mother! He has a truly unique place in his heart for women, but He also has special intentions for us in the world and in the family setting.

We are to submit to our husbands.

We are to be energetic, strong, and a hard worker.

We are to be busy and helpful to those in need.

We are to be fearless.

All of this is explicitly laid out by God in Proverbs 31.

We are not to be equal to our male counterparts. Jesus does not lay out the Proverbs 31 man, but He rather lays out the Proverbs 31 woman.

A husband or man is to be the head of the household as Christ is to the church.

A man is to love a woman so deeply that represents how he loves himself.

A man is to leave his father and mother.

Women and men are not equal in God's eyes, but they each represent Him in their own ways that the other needs.

If we were all equal, we would not need one another and therefore we would not need God. I am so thankful that we were not created equal. I am so thankful that God is so great that He could not just create only man or woman to represent His image. He is so perfect.

So, you see I am not a feminist, and it is OK.

It is acceptable for me to have this belief that God intended for men to lead women. It is also okay for people to have differing opinions. Writing this was not easy, but I know that not all people agree.

To feminists and those that are not, you are allowed to believe whatever you wish but have evidence to back it up.

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My Relationship With Religion Will Never Be Black And White

and that's okay!

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I was raised Christian let's get that out the way. Growing up in a small town I went to Awana (a children's church group Wednesday nights) and then once I was in middle school started youth group that night instead as well as a normal church on Sundays. If you would ask me from me being really young to probably around 15 I was all about church and building a relationship with God.

After leaving public school and growing my presence online and meeting so many people from all walks of life, I started questioning things.

Suddenly, I was immersed in this community with the best people who just loved everyone regardless of gender or sexuality or race and it was the place I was able to come to terms with something I had always repressed, my feelings towards girls.

I knew the moment I started talking to a girl named Laura that I had feelings for her I would normally have for a boy and because of the people I now had around me I just didn't suppress it. I identified online and eventually to family and friends as bisexual.

My questions started with wondering how my god this loving all knowing entity I had always known was un-accepting and promoted the exclusion of the LGBTQ+ community from the Christian faith. I knew that this community was full of the most loving and creative and beautiful people I have ever met and that was the start of me knowing my relationship with God would never be the same.

As I grew up and have become an activist for the things that mean a lot to me I have stopped attending church and have begun to see that I do not want any part in ANY religion that takes part in shunning anyone based on how they identify. I have been vocal about this to many people some more excepting then others but regardless I will never again take part in something that I myself am not 100% accepted within

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