I’m A Christian, Is That Okay?

 

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I’m kind of a hippie/hipster. I love yoga, indie music, loving people, and anything that has to do with freedom. And so I frequent websites and web mags that cater to this audience. I tumbled across a dating/community website for the “hippie” community and it intrigued me. The about me page stated:

Imagine a place where you can feel confident knowing you’re amongst your tribe and the odds of finding love are much higher because you’re surrounded by people who share the same values and lifestyle as you—a place full of positivity, inspiration, authenticity and people who naturally “get” you.

Sounds great right? Positivity, inspiration, and
authenticity. Yes, yes, yes, all of that is right up my alley.  There was also an ad box that said:

“Spiritual not religious”

Okay still good so far, I wouldn’t call myself religious. Religion is more so following rules just because that’s what you’re told to do. Rather I am in a relationship with God and He’s called me to live a certain way and I do it out of love and reverence for Him.

But here’s the thing Christians today are perceived as conservative, harsh, offensive and tell people they’re “going to hell.” So I thought to myself would the people on this website reject me when they see in my profile that I’m a Christian? Would they question my “spirituality” because they assume I have hardened, right-winged politics?

I had nearly made up in my mind that attempting to join this community would be mistake when a wise friend gave me a new perspective. They might make assumptions about me but I could be a light to them and show them God’s love in a new way. Thank God for wise counsel!

I haven’t joined just yet but I’m taking it under serious consideration now that my  anxieties have gone away. I wonder though, how many of my brothers and sisters in Christ have ever have these same fears? Have you ever felt afraid to reveal your faith because of potential backlash?
How do you feel about the image of Christians in media? Let’s talk.

 

*photo by Shelly Hoffman

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5 thoughts on “I’m A Christian, Is That Okay?

  1. Hi
    I will answer your last question. The media has gone to great lengths to discredit Christians. We have such a bad reputation and it just keeps getting worse. They have left out the love that guides us, the mercy and selflessness. But that’s media for you. We have a huge responsibility of proving them wrong through our actions. But it can’t be done alone, we need the power of God…..

    Rolain

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  2. This resonates with me, but on the opposite end of the spectrum. I consider myself a hippie at heart, but I’m usually hesitant to tell people that I don’t believe in a god, that I’m not a Christian. My family is very religious and very Christian. I know for a fact, because I’ve seen it happen, that if I told certain members of my family that I’m not a Christian they would disown me. They would cut me out of their lives. They did it to my mother, and I know they’d do it to me. It’s created this fear of rejection in me that’s quite hard to shake. Good on you, though, for owning who you are!

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    1. Tawni

      I’m sorry that your family is like that. Disowning a family member is never the right way to go especially since Jesus would never disown anyone. He wants to be in relationship with everyone. And he himself was disowned by his people. It’s interesting though we are going through the same thing but in different ways. Thanks for reading 😊

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