God’s been working in some pretty crazy ways in my life recently. I won’t get into detail, because really, I don’t think it would be much too interesting to anyone else, other than myself.
Recently I posted on Facebook a pretty controversial topic that I recently blogged about. Long story short, there was some backlash. Some people commented outwardly on Facebook of their views. Which is totally fine, and I am definitely open to hearing opinions of others. I think we, as Christians, need to strike a chord with each other every once in awhile. I think we need to debate things, mainly to help educate ourselves. To learn more, about our God, about ourselves. To decide the best way to handle controversial topics.
There were MANY people who reached out to me in a more private way, commending me on my writing, on my ability to bring something to light and to take the heat of it. And although, that truly is not what I was looking for in any of this, I was enlightened, to know that I am not the only one questioning if we are REALLY truly practicing what we preach.
We went to church this past weekend. And it was one of those messages that hits you, smack upside the face. One that strikes a chord (a good one). One that you can tell God was directing towards you, when the goosebumps start crawling up your arms….
Confession: we have been terrible about going to church since A was born. We’re getting better, but this was the first we had gone since Easter. So, know that we had no clue what was going on at church, sermon series-wise.
The main focus was on Acts, and how we should be more BOLD about our religion. Basically bring it up, don’t be afraid to have people a little peeved at you, practice what you preach, even when others may not want to hear it.
A verse that was referenced was Acts 4:13:
The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.
I strongly feel like God was trying to tell me something. Maybe I don’t always go about bringing things up the right way. I know there were certain people (friends and family) that were likely rolling their eyes at me and saying “Here she goes again”. But I think this is written proof that I need to stand up for things that I know to be true.
I would like to clarify from my previous post that I don’t necessarily think the Bible is completely backwards. But I do like to add in that for me, personally, since my Bible knowledge is so limited, I fall back to the basics. When something gets a little complicated, I revert back (which, ya’ll can admit, it is hard trying to figure out what God wants us to get out of scripture sometimes). I go to the basics that I know, and try to go forward from there. Which, to me anyhow, sounds like thats sort of what Peter and John are doing.
I love love LOVED the message last weekend, and it gives me hope that we can all stand up and share, even if we have limited knowledge. We need to bring the Word to those who, we may not feel comfortable bringing it to. We need to stand up to fellow Christians too, and challenge each other to practice what we are preaching. I know this isn’t very comfortable for many people. In my life, I’ve been through enough judgement, that really, at this point I don’t care too much what others think of me anymore. I can only say that I care what God thinks. I love my husband, but in the end, it doesn’t matter if he thinks I was a good enough Christian or not. I love my friends and my family, but the same thing goes for ya’ll.
In the end, there is no physical being that I have to answer to. But I know a guy, his names Jesus. His dad? God? He’s pretty cool too. They’re friends of mine. Seriously, if I could text them? Well…. I don’t know if C would love me so much after seeing the phone bill, because I talk to these guys ALL. DAY. LONG. If you haven’t met them yet, I would love to introduce you. Just ask. They’re friends who I LIVE for. Their opinion matters to me. I don’t understand their book very well yet. But I get the general story line of it. Maybe we can read it together?