If we emphasize this gray area of commonalities, we can really bond and accept denominational differences without letting them alienate us from eachother.
Lets unite online and offline, share and grow. Liberal Christians welcome new ideas, possibilities, ways of thinking and learning how God reaches others. That is YOU and ME!We are the same person.
Through comments, emails and ideas and submissions for the site, we no longer have to feel isolated. You look in the mirror and all of us look back. We can unite as fundamentalists have and do, taking our faith and faith community seriously as we grow as friends and religiously liberal Christians.
If u could find your “passion,” you might have more energy and be doing what you are here to do. I have read that many people wait to get some sign from God in the way of an opportunity, feedback from others or a strong feeling they should do something.
Recently, I read that the way you find your passion is by trying things and see how you feel. You might feel “this really fits,” or a sense you should be doing it or in that environment.
I also read that there are things God wants each person to do..BUT recently read that God helps people do things once THEY pick the direction (obviously not bad stuff..lol). So if this is true, God lets us determine through our free will, then helps us.
To my way of thinking whatever it is should be done for the right reasons, and not out of ego. I mean if I felt I want to go into acting, and did it to get women, or for people to tell me how wonderful I am, that would probably be something God would not bless. However, if my motivations were simply to use my gift to entertain others…
The interesting thing is do many of us have pure motives? Being how humans (including Christians) are in this world, how probable is it that we will be motivated by things God would approve of? For instance, on a personal level, do we want to help the world or gratify our own desires that might be personal pleasure or ego?
Could we start with the wrong motivations because they get us moving, then switch to the God-oriented ones later? Do we end up doing what some do and live the sinful life and find it doesn’t satisfy THEN use our gifts the right way? The problem is we don’t have an excuse since we are Christians who know better.
Somehow we have to dig deep, pray for character beyond that of mortal man and bite the bullet, hoping we will change so when God rewards us, we like the reward, which will leave our sinful or the side of us not oriented to God (carnal side) unsatisfied. We know we made the right decision. Man, I hope that would satisfy us enough..lol.
This is You ..and me
So you think you are wasting your life? You wonder why you have to go to that stupid job tomorrow. You wonder if your jerk boss will ever get a clue. You know why that guy/woman got promoted and it all has to do with sucking up. You wonder how people can be so incompetent knowing you could do better in that job. The political correctness at work is driving you nuts and you wonder when someone will finally talk normally, say something, and tell the truth.
How long will it be till you find another job? You hate the interview process and know its either predetermined or they are not really hiring anyone. Who are you fooling..u won’t do anything cuz ur too lazy and you know it. You are too tired when you get home, and who likes to think of work on your day off?
Its easier to do what I do. Ignore God till you go to bed, then mumble something about wanting a new job. Oh, u do that already? Sorry to bother you.
Rock Music and Christian Lyrics
Did u ever listen to AC/DC or Arrow Smith or Doobie Brothers or my favorite Kid Rock?
Now, have you ever listened to Christian Rock?
I hope you know what I am about to say. While I am a Christian, the idea of Christian Rock, while clever I suppose, just doesn’t fit together. Our conditioning has caused us to associate rock music with the things you have heard in popular secular songs. When I heard Christian rock, I wondered, and STILL wonder how can the lyrics be “bad enough” for me to get into the songs without being distracted by the “good” or “heavenly” lyrics.
Rock music and Christian lyrics I have heard seem mutually exclusive and don’t work because they can;t compliment eachother. BUT if it works for you, I am happy you miss my point!!
Mentally Leave Your Job WHILE working
When you are at work, concentrating and locked into your deadline or a jerk you have to deal with (being honest), or maybe just stressed, TRY to think outside the cubicle and the four walls. Your boss doesn’t want you to think of the outside world…so do it! This job is important but not life/death that they are making you kill yourself over.
Think of important things like people who are struggling for survival in Africa (or here), people who are hanging onto life in a hospice or hospital, people you know or read about who are dealing with personal issues like divorce or a legal problem. Think about people who don’t have it as good as you, even if you think your life sucks.
I am not trying to depress you! I just want you to get back to your center. Don’t allow the job to control your freedom of thought! Think of colorful rainbows, relax with images of fall leaves, and think of your dog or pet and how much you love them. The site of hot air balloons going up or a lake could relax you as u take a deep breath and breath the boss away. Think of birds, and the way people express the human spirit through art, music and even in sports.
We don’t define ourselves through our jobs, but by the term Christian. God is our reason and He says we are much more than our feelings or our job! Life is much bigger than your job..too bad for the people who get tunnel vision.
Remember too that God says we are worthy of respect! We are as worthy as the boss is!! We are not equals on the job but we need to always demand respect as equal human beings..the kind of respect that is worth getting fired over if u get fired demanding it. I do this personally in my peon job. I don’t accept treatment (I notice) that contradicts the worth we get from God, because that would dishonor God and let the world decide my worth.
When we are stressed at work, remember the self help mantra that we came to believe God can restore us to sanity..if we take the time to stop working, relax, step out of what we are doing for the moment and get realigned with TRUE REALITY..not the one within those walls.
now stop daydreaming and get back to reality according to your paycheck before you get fired. Be sure to return later.
Mainline Christian churches don’t seem serious
I just looked at some statistics from a site called thearda.com. As a mainline Christian, I was disappointed that so few United Methodists, Pres USA and the more liberal denominations don’t have habits that imply The Bible and the Truth they claim to believe, makes a difference. Many don’t pray daily or read the Bible outside of church.
I have posted before that I find it impossible to find mainline or non-literal non-fundamentalists who take the Bible seriously to the point where it makes a daily impact. Baptists I have known lean on God by memorizing scripture, they read The Bible to counteract the world, and have faith building habits and Bible studies during the week.
Am I missing a denomination I should look into?
Variety in Christianity
When a Christian moves, you sometimes hear the cliche that their new place is Heaven. Then, of course, you call people and tell them the person had died. When you discover they are still alive, and call these people back (some are disappointed), you cheer them up by telling them the guy who moved, discovered the location of Heaven!
So you ask someone where he moved to. You are told he moved to a fundamentalist area. You think..outloud so I can use quotes, “this guy must be taking God more seriously.” Someone hears you say that and tells you that you have a misconception that only fundamentalist churches and people take God seriously.
We take God seriously, but it differs with the person (I believe). I continue to search for a liberal Christian church or denomination that walks the find line between serious about growing and being more as God wants us to be, yet is not ultra conservative or overboard. I think you know what I mean. I think there are Christians who are not of the world but they function as normal people instead of being evangelistic to the point of annoying, smug, Bible know-it-all, judging other Christians or defensive about their beliefs because they feel everyone around them must agree with them because deep down they either don’t believe in freedom of or from religion or because they are insecure in their beliefs and can’t tolerate being questioned, which is the same reason for thinking in black and white. My best friend often says “you might not like it but that is what GOD SAYS!” I laugh to myself because she knows The Bible much better than I do but I see several interpretations to things she knows mean one specific thing. She might be right but I think God speaks to people differently.
I am waiting for the day when a literalist Christian is told they should wrestle with a problem till God gives them the answer. They grab their spouse and wrestle till God give them a baby and they name him Jesus (they are Spanish). They obeyed and were rewarded. In other words I think we listen to God the best we can, move in a direction and look for confirmation it was the right choice, that we heard Him correctly.
Earlier I said a Christian moved to “Heaven.” My Heaven has lots of dogs and you don’t have to pick up after them. All the women are beautiful..wait, no bodies? I guess I mean inside. I would like to point out I would no longer be a natural or sinful person unless u can lust after a spirit. So if the guy in our story did move to his own Heaven, and it wasn’t my Heaven, I suppose u could extrapolate that one man’s Heaven is another man’s fundamentalist area.
R U also dealing with laziness?
R U lazy with praying and reading The Bible? Join the club. I want to do what we are “suppose to do” and b a goodie goodie to be the person God meant me to be, but..life gets in the way? no…I am in a hurry? no…Outside of this, I am generally not lazy, but when it comes to this stuff, its like something good or bad has to happen to get me to focus on it. Obviously unless ur a drama queen, most life events are in the middle.
It probably helps to have people who are doing that stuff, cause you might be positively influenced to do it too. I don’t even have any idea how many times I put on my list: find church, pray regularly and read Bible.
I consider that we are Christians, but in the way we operate, humans first. As humans, we have enemies like laziness and things that take us off course and keep us there. I hate fundamentalist cliches, but I guess I think about these things as they do..the “enemy” or Satan keeping us stuck.
Don’t u wonder how your life would be and the person you would be if you were self disciplined in the basics or “fundamentals” that we are suppose to be doing to keep focused thinking as The Bible instructs?
Try it! It probably makes a difference. Just don’t get too enthusiastic or the liberal Christian circle will disown u :)
your little comments to God
Sometimes our tt God is just saying something like “God, please don’t let it be them,” or “God, Please don’t let them pick me,” or “God, I am going to need help here.” I mean these throw away hope thoughts mean alot to us at the time and are sincere, but don’t forget about them later. If u believe, u also believe God hears you and answers u. I am not telling u that God is going to punish you for not thanking Him, but whether or not we got what we wanted, He did hear u. We r suppose to come to the belief that our prayers ARE answered..those were prayers or requests to God and as we say we believe, were heard and answered by God. Remember to THANK HIM..if nothing else, for listening and doing what is in your best interest as far as your development as a Christian..being the person He wants us to be.
If you don’t thank Him, He won’t put it in your head that he is saying “where were u raised anyway..no manners!” or seek revenge on you by having the most annoying person in your life call or visit u and not leave, but alot of our talk to God seem to be these little things.
The reason I thank God for these is that they are so huge to me at the time. Honestly, if a non-believer heard the things I express appreciation to God for, they would think I was completely insane for thinking God had ANYTHING to do with these little details!!!!! I can live with that.
Careers and Doing Good in your life
So you are sitting there thinking..what am I doing with my life? I feel like such a waste! You see people around you who either nag you or depress you cuz they seem to know what they want to do and (of course) what you should do.
You think that you are okay at some stuff but its not even stuff that people would pay you to do. You think feel like you are just going through motions and don’t even know why.
By now women are feeling its good at least someone gets me, or understands a little bit. The guys are going to be swearing at me because they don’t give a crap about understanding..they are saying “so if u r not going to help us, why even bring it up u jerk?”
I believe I am pointing out one of those things in life that sucks. Us religious people wait for and maybe miss answers from God as to what direction to take. Even without the religious slant, it is SO frustrating to figure out what to do..beyond something you fall into cause u have to survive or are suppose to get a job.
I can speak to the fact that as we age, it gets worse, with people not wanting to hire older people and u look back and wonder if the stuff u did do for a job has ANY value to God or if u wasted your life. The answer or coping mechanism I use is that maybe the job is not the emphasis with God. Maybe its the people u influenced or somehow had some unknown positive effect on…I don’t know. To some extent we end up settling for our most comfortable rationalization.
So if u feel u wasted your life or continue to sleepwalk through life, you will meet other zombies along the way (hi!). If u feel you have helped absolutely no one and done nothing important at all, well, I submit that that hope that there is more than meets the eye, or picking out little or seemingly insignificant encounters or conversations with people from your workplaces might be your best bet to silence that voice we fear is truth.
LOL..we never want to silence truth on this blog! I want to address it, question it and deal with it if possible. The truth is that for religious people, we don’t always know the answers 100%. That is extremely uncomfortable but we have hope and belief that if we follow God the best we can (prayer, learning and trying to be more Christlike), God will either tell us we have done some earthly good, direct us on how to do good in His timing, or clarify how to view this career quandary through His eyes and not through the eyes of the world.
For purists, its a bit easier. Firefighters, social workers, psychologists, doctors, nurses, and helping professions might provide a clear conscious u have done something. Police officers wear white hats for many people. Maybe the understanding that we can’t all have the same gifts, and every role is needed might be another way to see it.
Or u might be okay thinking you are great at something like acting and so on, but (in my humble opinion) we enter the world of the ego and false values when the world applauds u to the extreme that we seem to create false gods and values in Hollywood.
I bet many people die wondering if they even did any good. That is why I thank and show appreciation to others in lower positions who might not get it that much (hope u do too). Anyway, I wish u luck if this career thing is an issue for you, and welcome any thoughts u have because its one of mine as well.
Oh, pls don’t write a smaltzy thing like “I try to make people’s world a little brighter every day.” This blog discourages overly happy churchy talk.
Be real, be politically incorrect if u must get your point across that way, be vulgar if need be..but please don’t be fake or revolting.