This post is for those who hate Christians. For those who despise even the word. This post is for those who have been Christians their whole lives and are proud of it. It's for those who are new believers. It's for those who have believed for so long that they're burnt out and tired. Maybe it's time to step back and look at this whole thing from a different view. It's also for those who are really bored and obviously have nothing better to do with their time than read a horrible blog by a half-crazed lunatic.
I was born and raised to a Christian family. My dad was a pastor when I was 5 but has always been heavily involved in church, never missing a Sunday in our lives. I was also homeschooled, using Christian curriculum where memorizing Scripture was apart of my test score, and where I learned to debate Creation vs. Evolution to people 3X my age on the internet (and win) and then floor them when I told them I was a 12 year old girl. My parents have always been married and I've never struggled with my belief in God. But that doesn't mean life was perfect.
I struggled with depression biannually from ages 8-18, and suffered a major depression for a month when I was 16, went emo and the whole 9 yards. I was mostly a happy kid and teenager and definitely a goody-two shoes, which made it difficult for most kids my age to relate and made it easy for them to reject me. I remember going to Church of the Highlands where I found a new Gospel, or rather, the real Gospel. No more pride, no more earning God's favor, no more rejection either. It turns out when others truly fall in love with God and don't just live to appease Him, they become happy and excited about life and their excitement and love spills over to everyone: even the little 18 year old reject with spiky, short hair dressed in all black and studded belts who smiles way too much for her clothes. This gave me a whole new perspective. What is it like to be a Christian? Well, obviously to follow Christ, but not only that but to be LIKE Him. What does that look like? We don't get a whole lot of sneak previews into His personality in the Bible, but we can try to read between the lines. Jesus loved kids. A lot. Which is more than I can say. And kids loved Jesus, too. His disciples had to restrain them... to which they were rebuked by Jesus. So obviously Jesus was a fun dude. He loved to play and get on their level and act goofy and tell stories and make them laugh. If He was some somber guy who spoke in old King James English and told everyone to sit still and behave and listen for 8 hours while He preached, I'm pretty sure He wouldn't have been a kid magnate. Also, you have to think about it... Who made humor? Who made laughter? Who made sarcasm and jokes? It certainly wasn't Satan.
So armed with this knowledge, how do we view God? Our view of Him determines our relationship with Him and as He pointed out in Matthew 7:22-23:
“On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your