After much thought about what and how to write this, I have decided to just sit down and start writing. This has been weighing on my mind for quite some time, and really hit home a few days ago.
I've written before about how frustrating it is at times to see people fighting for equality, yet in their battle for equality they become the oppressor. This specifically comes to mind regarding religion.
Please note, I am not picking on any one belief whatsoever. I'd be doing exactly what I'm annoyed with! Rather, I'm just using examples I have seen lately in my own personal life. Please don't think I am singling out any one religion or belief system!
Recently, I have read numerous facebook posts, news articles, and more regarding Christianity - mostly posted by atheists. I only point out that they are atheists for one reason: that they do not believe there is a god. If that is truly the case, then why are they offended so by only Christianity? Why are we not reading posts by them to also rid the world of all other religions with a god? I was told by one atheist friend that it was because all religions needed to be accepted.
If all religions are to be accepted, then why not also Christianity?!
Many of those news articles were also full of half-truths regarding Christianity. Either they did not do very good research, or they didn't care. It really did hurt me that not only were they bad-mouthing people who believe as I do, but they were also using information that we as Christians do not even believe!
Now, for the other side of the story. Far too many times have I seen Christians acting absolutely no different. I like to sit back often, and watch how so many Christians behave, and, frankly, it is no wonder we are hated so. We can be judgmental. We can be condescending. We can be....you get the picture.
One of my dearest friends, who I have known for a couple of years, recently opened up to me that she was not a Christian, rather, she was a Buddhist. I had already gathered this, just from knowing her, but my first reaction when she told me was sadness. NOT sadness because I was bummed that she wasn't a Christian, but sadness because she felt that she couldn't tell me because I was a Christian. Had I done something to make her wonder if she could tell me? No, not I, but others. I knew she trusted me to open up like that, but it truly broke my heart that too many Christians would have flown off the handle, and tried to make her change.
Since I have known her, I've always told her I would pray for her if she had a prickly situation in her life. Her response has always been "Thank you!". She very easily could have said "Yeah, no thanks. I don't like that, and I am not a Christian so stop shoving it down my throat!!!!" But she never did. Instead, she understands that is just one way I, as a Christian, show people I love and care for them. I could have walked away from our friendship, because she doesn't believe in Jesus the same way I do. I could have told her why I thought she was wrong. Instead, I realize that she is still one of the closest friends I have, and regardless, I love her. Simply, I accept her for who she is. I feel certain she knows I will pray for her, just like I have always done, but I think she also knows I'm not going to attempt to change her!
Where is the mutual respect? I know it can happen, because I saw it happen in my own personal life. (Maybe she and I are just that awesome...hehe!)
What if atheists realized that when Christians say they will pray for them, it is just a kind act rather than an attempt to change them?
What if Christians spent more time silently praying for those around them, in love, rather than acting like vigilantes, and running out on people who disagree with them?
What if an atheist ignored the words "God bless", instead of wanting it removed from everything?
What if Christians stopped treating non-Christians like the plague, and truly showed the love that Jesus taught us too?
Just my two cents worth.
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