Are Christians Misunderstood?

I’ve come across people who have issues with Christians. Numerous Facebook posts asking people how they feel about church…discussions with friends about Christian beliefs.

I honestly think Christians are misunderstood. People expect us to know every single word in the Bible. People often call church-goers hypocrites. People expect us not to listen to certain music. People expect us not to talk a certain way and go to certain places. People believe that we think we are better than others. BUT, We are not “better” than the next person…we simply want to get better ourselves.

My parents are Christian. I remember when I was about four or five years old, my mother taught me to kneel down on my knees, put my hands together and start with the prayer, “Now I Lay me down to sleep…” Years later she taught me more about the Bible and even bought me my own Bible years after that. I was saved and baptized when I was 15-years-old. She and I currently go to church together and she still gives me scriptures to read when I’m going through different situations.  I’m saying this to illustrate how Christianity has always been a part of my life. Since then, I’ve read up on different religions BUT  “there’s something special, supernatural about the name Jesus…something happens when I mention HIS name” 😉

I go to church to fellowship with other Christians and worship the Lord. When I go to church and/or read my Bible I feel more of a connection with God and feel uplifted. But I’m not perfect at all…I have my shortcomings.

People should not generalize. Some Christians may have the “I’m better than thou” attitude,  but don’t assume that ALL Christians are the same. Christians are HUMAN…WE ARE ALL HUMAN…and We ALL make mistakes.

I’M A CHRISTIAN By Maya Angelou

When I say… “I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting “I’m clean livin.”
I’m whispering “I was lost,”
Now I’m found and forgiven.

When I say…”I am a Christian”
I don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble
and need CHRIST to be my guide.

When I say… “I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I’m weak
and need HIS strength to carry on.

When I say… “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting I have failed
and need God to clean my mess.

When I say… “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
but, God believes I am worth it.

When I say… “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain,
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say… “I am a Christian”
I’m not holier than thou,
I’m just a simple sinner
who received God’s good grace, somehow.

~Maya Angelou~

“We fall down but we get up. For a saint is just a sinner who fell down…and got up” We Fall Down, Donnie McClurkin

What is your religion, if any? What are some misconceptions people have about your religion? Or, what are your thoughts about Christians? And if you are a Christian, tell me what you love most about your religion.

~Ashley Caprice

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  1. Cynthia Thompson

    You MUST first Believe in God, the Almighty, Magnificent, Wonderful God. You MUST trust in Him and learn to lean on Him. I have always been mesmerized by God, always wanting to know as much about Him as I could. My grandfather gave me a Bible Study book (with pictures) when I was 5 yrs old and from that point I questioned my parents, some preachers, other Christians and anyone else willing to discuss Him, and continue to study my Bible to seek Him all the time. I want to make sure He knows me as much as I know Him. I call myself a survivor but I could never have survived without Him. My parents raised me in church and my Dad taught me the “Golden Rule.” I’ve always applied that lesson towards others in my life, so much so I sometimes get taken for granted. Nonetheless, my favorite scripture is “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” (Matt 5:8) I haven’t been the most committed Christian nor the most consistent but I’ll always be a Christian and strive to be the best me I can be, loving, considerate, honest and forgiving. 2 Peter 1:5-8 teaches you these traits and how important they are while throughout the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (a/k/a the Bible) it reveals all the miracles God performed and how he loves all of us. I go to church to surround myself with others who believe in Him too, as there are so many people who don’t (dummies). I go to worship and praise Him, love a good singing choir and a knowledgeable pastor who motivates me. I can give of myself by either providing a service, offering or tithe (can’t always do them all) and pray that my efforts will be recognized by God. I love and thank God for my beautiful children, family and countless experiences. If you Don’t believe, I hope you will before you leave this earth. I would rather believe and find out there was no God than to not believe and find out that there is, be smart about it.

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