September 30, 2023

Sharing my religion has by no means been “in your face”.

I share occasions like Christingle or William’s Harvest “Chef” providing; I don’t, nonetheless, preach and attempt to convert these round me.

Through the years its stunned many who I’m a training Christian. My religion is centred in each facet of my everyday life.

Nonetheless, I am not a “regular Christian”. Not as a result of I’m a part of some “cult” department of Christianity however due to how I act.

Many Christians have the “holier than thou” perspective. Those that preach and push their beliefs on others. They make standardised statements within the pretence of “saving these from everlasting judgement” however in actuality they ostracise and condemn as a substitute.

For instance, being homosexual. I’ve seen many inform those that are homosexual that they’re “sinning”, an “abomination of society” and “hideous” within the eyes of God.

Nope. By no means. The Bible may be very clear on a couple of issues however it doesn’t say that. Anybody who would have learn the actual context would know that. As an alternative many misquote and use it as a weapon of condemnation.

These individuals do NOT signify me, my religion or my God.

These closest to me know this. They’ve had conversations with me and seen me defend these minorities.

For a lot of Christians I’m not “regular”.

At church I’m identified for singing loudly on the again, ‘being on my telephone,’ being ‘controversial’ and ‘argumentative’. Stunned proper?

Though they see me on my telephone they assume I’m not listening. What I’m really doing is checking my bible app, making notes or Googling factors of curiosity however, sure, generally I’m on social media however that doesn’t imply I’m not listening. I, like many, have the flexibility of seeing AND listening to. I subsequently hear to each phrase and mirror on what is alleged.

Sure, I’m controversial. I put on partaking t-shirts like those under.


This isn’t to mock however to interact.

These with out religion discover them humorous however in addition they do 2 issues; 1. They present I’m approachable and never a stereotypical Christian and a couple of. They get them speaking.

This generally creates a pre-judgement by those that share my religion; “We needs to be critical and never make gentle of Jesus’ existence”.

The argumentative facet isn’t to trigger hassle however to point out my ethical conviction.

I do NOT agree with all the pieces the church, or these in it, do or say. If I believe it’s improper then I communicate out. The bible really says to try this very factor: Matthew 18:15-17 and Galatians 6:1 however like most of us, nobody likes listening to criticism.

My behaviour, perspective and even my clothes has allowed others to make assumptions from those that shouldn’t be judging in any respect (Examine Matthem 7)
In distinction nonetheless I’m the person who listens to worship music, has bookshelves filled with Christian books which strengthen, query and guides. I’m the person who has a household designated prayer wall and who does all the pieces by way of prayer and biblical steering. I’m somebody who listens and watches “every day devotionals” and reads the bible on daily basis. I’m the person who serves by doing bible readings, main the older youth group, working a small bible research/home group, creating and internet hosting a quiz and serving to people by way of prayer and understanding.

I don’t checklist this as proof that I’m an “wonderful Christian” as a result of I’m not. I’ve already listed why I’m not. Nonetheless, it reveals that what individuals see doesn’t signify the interior reality.

So why is that this an issue?

9.5 years in the past I had a religious second. I felt that I used to be known as to coach, serve and work in religion.

It was a sense that’s by no means left or modified.

But, I’m not precisely the mannequin stereotype of a Vicar (or no matter position I undertake additional).

I didn’t begin my path early on as a result of I ended up separating from the boys mum, then I obtained a divorce and different issues sadly occurred in my life which are frowned upon.

For instance, I’ve ended up in a relationship with a ‘married lady’, we dwell collectively and have a “sinful relationship” by way of our private actions. The truth that Hannah was separated from her husband on the time doesn’t rely as her divorce hadn’t gone by way of so “technically” she was nonetheless married.

These level aren’t precisely met with glee inside Church tips!

From my standpoint I’m a very good instance of a Christian. All of the issues that I’m not meant to be like (talked about on this complete submit) are issues that make me human, approachable and just like the world round me.

Having religion, exhibiting it so others can fortunately flip to you and focus on issues with out feeling judged is vital to me.

I’m simply unsure these Christians round me or the Diocese will ever see me in another way to the “Controversial and argumentative man” picture with out me morally compromising myself and pretending to be somebody I’m not.

I might simply hope that the steadiness that my family and friends like about me could be one thing that’s deemed worthy to pursue.