for real sold out

the word christian is misused.

christian used to mean a follower of Christ.

in today’s culture christian means people who try to behave and sometimes go to church.

the world is full of people who CLAIM to be christians but who are not true followers of Christ.

lots of people SAY they are a christian (meaning they celebrate christmas and easter), don’t go to church, and claim they are lutheran or catholic or baptist or presbyterian or what have you.

a follower of Christ is much more than claiming a title (or even going to church for that matter).

i can say i am swedish, german, english, norwegian, irish, scottish, etc. but i know nothing about that culture. my lineage is such, but i am an american when it comes right down to it. there are people who claim they are christians because they grew up living in a home where they went to church. their parents may well be (so their lineage has christians in it), but unless they have claimed Jesus as their personal savior, they are not followers of Jesus. unless they have been personally transformed by accepting the power of the cross in their lives, they can’t say they are followers of Jesus.

i am not trying to be condemning and if i sound like i am, i apologize. it is NOT my role in this world to condemn others. Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead. what i am trying to do is to be real. i don’t want to be counterfeit.

it’s not that i’m intolerant. people have the right to believe whatever they want to. and i have the right to align my beliefs with the Bible; many people will see that as intolerant (even if it technically is NOT). no matter what the case, i am not doing anyone any favors if i am not real. for myself (not for anyone else), i need to test my own actions (Galatians 6:4) and i need to examine myself (1 Corinthians 1:28). it is not loving for me to watch something running full speed ahead blinded by the wind in their face and the exhilirating feeling of running fast toward a cliff and say, “oh, well. they would stop if it mattered to them” and then watch them fall to their deaths.

no, not at all.

i want to love my friends and at the very least say, “hey, there is a cliff over there. you don’t have to believe me, but i wanted to warn you.”

and then from there, they can decide. i can’t FORCE them to follow Jesus. I can’t MAKE them do anything they don’t want to do (believe me, i try this with my kids DAILY).

i just can’t be scared anymore.

if someone is running toward that cliff and i have been put in their path, i gotta at least say something. if i don’t, i’m a fake.

and i want to be real.

About giannarae

I am a child of God who has been given the humbling job of being a wife and a mother to 4. Those whom He has given to me are my Sweet Peas and Buddies and one Honey.
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6 Responses to for real sold out

  1. Jen says:

    Good for you for being real! I think in today's society we have become overwhelmed with being politically correct or polite. I am guilty of it!! God calls us to be Real and live for Him, proclaiming His name!!

    Thanks for keeping it real!!

    Jen

  2. Amanda says:

    Girl… you are just blowing me away with TRUTH!!! YES!!

    I loath that satan has gotten away with shutting Christians up with those words… intolerant… judgemental… close minded… when in reality, whne you live for and through Christ it is the farthest thing from the Truth!! I love that you are standing up FOR HIM and in doing so, you are going to be REWARDED in His kingdom.

    You are furthering His Kingdom Gianna!!

    You Rock!!

    I can't wait to do another installment of commentors appreication… I would love to send a bunch of people over to your blog!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

  3. Christ was tolerant of absolutely everybody. I agree with you about the majority of people who call themselves christian are not Christ followers.

  4. Dana says:

    Keep it up, Gianna!
    Yes … you MUST tell those around you about the “cliff”. The most loving thing you can do for another is to tell them the Good News.

  5. shawna b says:

    that was the thing about Jesus' message, was that it was good news for everyone. not just a few elite or exception. the good news is good news for everyone.

  6. librariane says:

    1 Thessalonians 2:14

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