No, I’m Not A Freak.
Most things are unexplainable. Humanity is unexplainable, and our brains are unexplainable. In a world that craves explanation, we have resorted to creating excuses to explain the reason we can’t explain things, like; disorders, religion and stereotypes. These three things are crap. You are who you are, and I am who I am for whatever reason that is. People are different, there is no such thing as normal; only expectations and appropriateness.
I am now quite boldly going to state (and to many people’s probable confusion) that I am a Christian. Christianity is not a religion, a stereotype or a disorder; it is a relationship. I believe that one God created the world and the universe for his own glory, and as he loved the world immensely, he gave all of his glorious creation free-will, knowing full well that many of his creations will not accept him. How could he force something he loves so much to do what they don’t want to do; how would his glory be depicted if he was to force us? Also, how could he accept them if they could not accept him? A relationship works two ways. From the beginning of time, God’s creation (us and the world) abandoned him and walked away from him and made a choice not to accept him, however he loved his creation so much that he gave us a second chance in Jesus. Through the death of Jesus, those who have accepted God can have a personal relationship with God; a personal relationship with the God who created the entire universe only for us.
God does not stereotype. God loves unconditionally. God does not explain, but instead encourages us to ‘rest in him’ and accept that even though we do not understand everything, he does, and that he is in control. The death of Jesus is a demonstration of God’s love for his creation, and God’s love is freely given.
Many people look at Christianity and see a whole bunch of rules and restrictions; this is totally not the case. Everything God asks of you is life-giving; it is for your protection and wellbeing mentally, emotionally and physically. He wants you to live life to the fullest (as it says in Ephesians). He wants you to have the best of everything, but he also knows and asks us to be prepared to be discriminated against.
The world’s legal idea of freedom is ‘being able to do anything you want, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else’, yet we use people and we lie to people; both of which are legal. The world cannot save us from itself, but God can save us from the world. God uses the life of Jesus to show us how to live so that we might be an example of how things should be.
Even though God asks us to do things that seem impossible, he knows that we aren’t perfect but he loves to see us put in the effort. Even though we as humans desire to do things that God asks us not to, he can actually remove our desire for those things.
Being a Christian is like any relationship! There has to be at least a certain level of selflessness; it can’t just always be about you – or at least not for a relationship that is going to last. God knows we’re not going to get it right, but what counts is that we try. You show your love for God by trying, and this love is evidence of your relationship with God. God even sent Jesus who was perfection in human form to die as a sacrifice to atone for the things we get wrong. Jesus was perfect, and gave up his perfect life so that our sinful lives can be forgiven over and over again.
Basically, Christianity is not a bunch of rules and restrictions; it is a two-way street relationship. God actually does want the best for us and wants to keep us from experiencing the crappy things in the world that damage us. He doesn’t want to wrap us in cotton wool as such, but he does want the best for us just like parents want the best for their child. I definitely do not always get it right, in fact I never get it right, but I do try to do what God asks.
The best love in the world asks a lot, but in turn also gives a lot. God asks for things that are almost impossible, but when he sees us try, he blesses us in ways that we as mere humans could never imagine. God loves to spoil us.
I’m not saying that Christianity is smooth-sailing, because being a Christian is the hardest thing in the world to do. You are living in the world, and trying to be different to the world, but I would really encourage you to give this a think. God will not necessarily make you wealthier or healthier, but he enriches your life. As a Christian, we are not focused on the life we are living right now, because we know that there is another life ahead of us after this one; a perfect life with God. God sees everything we do in this life, the good, the bad and the ugly, and whilst he blesses us in this life, he also stores up our rewards for us in heaven.
However, I am not a Christian because of what I can get out of it, but I am a Christian because of what God put into it.