The hastag #ImAChristianBut, has been floating around a lot lately with the Buzzfeed video coming out and being super controversial. And I really actually like it. So instead of spamming my Twitter followers all day, I decided to compile them into a giant list on here. Now, this isn't a "oh look at me I'm a cool Christian." or a "laugh at Christian culture" or a "I have an excuse to sin" thread, it's just honest truths about me. Because I know that I've always (and especially as of late) sort of struggled with Christianity; not my love for Jesus, because that's been a thing, but my love for the church and for the whole organized religion. I've always felt like the worlds worst follower of Jesus because I can never seem to get even the simplest things right. But now, let me be real with you. I'm not going to pretend to be someone I'm not, and maybe this post will surprise some of you. Oh well. Here we go.
I'm A Christian But...
...I don't listen to KLove
...Sometimes church freaks me out
...I screw up. A lot.
...I feel like Jesus would call Caitlyn Jenner a she
...Side hugs can go die
...I hate the way we watch out for ourselves first
...I watch How I Met Your Mother
...I'm always afraid I'm doing it wrong
...Me and theology don't mesh well
...I went to Warped Tour
...I want to see the Deadpool movie
...I think crop tops are super cute
...I kinda want to have my first kiss before I get married
...I disagree with a lot of teachings and concepts in the church
...I believe God speaks in more ways than just the Bible (although He will never contradict Himself.)
...I love going to secular school
...Sometimes I don't act like it
...I like old school feminism
...I love people. Gay, straight, black, trans, nerd, hipster, whatever
...I don't really want Jesus to come back
...I wear leggings as pants
...I freaking love tattoos and piercings
...Sometimes Christians (myself included) make me want to smash my head into a wall
...I talk about sex
...I can't ever see myself marrying your typical, nice Christian boy
...Sometimes I don't know what I believe
...I don't like it when we push evangelism/apologetics. It should be natural not forced
And with all those things that lowkey suck about me or the things that are controversial about me or frowned upon in church or whatever, But just because I'm the things above, doesn't mean I'm not a Christian, because down here I'm going to put more truths; some may seem contradictory to the ones above, but I think they go hand in hand.
I'm A Christian SO...
...I take God's word very seriously
...I do believe homosexuality is a sin
...I think you should go to church
...I do believe you should be careful of what you watch/listen to
...I know a lot of what I do is wrong and I'm trying to correct it
...I would rather be labeled the "Jesus freak" than hide my beliefs
...I read my Bible every day
...I believe premarital sex is wrong
...I don't believe in compromises
...I need you to have patience with me when I fail
...I'm not going to see the Deadpool movie (even though I really want to.)
...I believe in total forgiveness
...I'm not finished yet
...Jesus is my life
...I'm not a fan, I'm a follower
So there we have it. The uncut version of my faith. Let me end this post by saying something to you: The Bible should be taken very seriously and handled with all diligence and care and wisdom, but we are all still sinners. You can't use the "I'm a Christian so whatever" excuse. Because that isn't gonna cut it. Yes, you're saved by grace, but don't use that as an excuse to sin.
And if you don't know about Christianity or have doubts or questions, email me or a pastor or a believing and knowledgeable friend, or just talk it out with someone. I promise we're not all hypocrites and selfish and all that. We're sinners just like everyone else.
If you are a Christian and looking to get real about your faith and to stop living like you're not saved, I would highly recommend reading Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman. And even if you're not even a believer, read this book. I just finished it and basically I'm in love with it so everyone go read it.
Feel free to add comments as well or your own "I'm A Christian But..." confessions.
God bless you.