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Christians and Secular America
9 Things Christians must Change in order to remain Influential in America Today.
Normally I’m the person who defends Christians, not critiques them. But as a Christian who sees my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ get obliterated on the internet almost every day for mostly stupid stuff, there’s no way I can just sit back and watch it happen when I know something can be done.
I realize that many of you who read this may find yourselves offended by what you’re about to see on your monitor, but I am pleading with you to lend me your ear with an open mind. You see, more and more is our society viewing Christianity with negative stereotypes that only serve to hinder our task of furthering His Kingdom. I’ve seen fellow Christians jump the gun and say, “Oh, well, this is obviously the spirit of the anti-Christ becoming more and more potent. It’s just a sign of our times – you know, becaus
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Christianity and its Stupid Boring Rules
What is perhaps the most mainstream stereotype that secular America has applied to Christianity today? Rules, rules, rules, and a passionate devotion to holy boredom. Christians don't know how to have fun because their lives are bogged down with about a million do's and don'ts and traditions. Oh, no! Don't you dare touch that alcohol. Oh, my, that person is a partying heathen. I'd better stay away from him.
This is a two-part essay, half meant to address believers, and the other half meant to address non-believers. If you choose to continue reading this, I ask that you have an open heart and mind, because the successful exchange of ideas is impossible without it. If your opinion differs from mine, I urge you to leave a comment so that I can respond to it. I will have an open mind to what you say because I do not claim to be perfect in my ideas, including those which are presented in this essay. I do also request that if you comment, you demonstrate re
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Right of Way
All in a suave voice:
I approach a stop sign. A different car arrives from the street on my left only a moment before I do.
He clearly has the right of way.
Impatience is my favorite game.
I look him in the eye and mouth as distinctly as I possibly can, "Your existence is irrelevant."
Half a second later, with every ounce of acceleration my car can muster, I steal his right of way. Sucker.
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What's Wrong with Science?
Dear Lord, what have Christians come to?
I've recently had the misfortune of stumbling across a fundamental Christian website, claiming to be "the trustworthy encyclopedia".  It offers information on all manner of hot topics related preserving the truth of Christianity, such as how the NIV Bible was written to support abortion, how college professors support bestiality, that pursuing a career in the arts is unhealthy, and that the story of the adulteress in John 8 is fabricated to support a liberal agenda.
Wait, what?
As a Christian myself, this sort of wacko far-right propaganda brings me no end of embarrassment.  I could spend years tearing apart nearly every single article on this site, but fortunately, I have a life and will likely only pick one or two to dissect.
However, there was on article that irritated me more than all the rest; it irritated me even more than the articles trying to suggest that a large percentage of all murders ar
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The tools for victory
When I created you, I knew your purpose, and I provided you with skills and gifts unique to you. David was meant to be a giant-slayer. Some felt he couldn't accomplish that purpose without certain tools-Saul even tried to place his tool in David's hands. But David knew that I had provided him with exactly what he needed to get the job done: five smooth stones, a slingshot, and a whole lot of faith. He was victorious, and I was glorified.
Likewise, I have equipped you to accomplish your purpose. Beloved, I wouldn't send you into the world without what you need to succeed. Not only have I given you the right tools, but I promise to be right beside you every step of the way.
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  • Listening to: Some awesome dubstep mix
  • Reading: Ghost -- Spectres
  • Watching: Family Guy
  • Playing: Halo 3: ODST
  • Eating: New Years leftovers
  • Drinking: Coffee
There is a profound difference between true righteousness and goody-goodyness. True righteousness is objective, reasonable, open-minded, and exhibits the definition of love that Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." (emphasis added)

Goody-goody "righteousness" is subjective, emotional, often unreasonable, unwilling to listen and close-minded - not at all befitting of Paul's definition of love. I see both kinds of Christians. It seems to me like the legalistic "religious" types are the goody-goodies, whereas I have also met many thinking intellectual Christians who truly are righteous and utilize an exorbitant amount of Godly wisdom, particularly in their interactions with other people.

Since this is only a short journal entry and not a full scale essay (lol), I'll give a few examples to differentiate between true righteousness and goody-goodyness.

-Goody-goody Christians often enjoy calling out others when they make a mistake. Like if I accidentally say a curse-word, many of these goody-goodies wouldn't even hesitate to call me out for it, even in front of other people, letting me know that it offends them or is a bad witness. See above: "[Love] does not dishonor others." I know I shouldn't use bad language, and I certainly try not to. It's a bad habit that I don't like, and for someone to remind me of this in front of others only embarrasses me unnecessarily when I'm already aware and ashamed of my mistake. A truly righteous Christian would, if they knew I was already trying not to curse, not say anything about it, especially in front of other people. And even if they did feel the need to say something to me about it, they'd take me aside and say something in private using love, tact, and gentleness.

-A goody-goody Christian once called my dad out at work for smoking (this was in the early 70s), saying he wasn't being a good witness. Not only was this Bible prodigy rude about it, but his position on smoking turning away unbelievers was purely emotional and irrational. Smoking doesn't make you a bad person - it's just bad for your body. Most non-believers don't know anything about the concept of the body being a Temple of the Holy Spirit, and thus wouldn't be turned away, especially if they understand how difficult of a habit smoking is to break.

-More than one goody-goody Christian has informed me that it is wrong for my writing to contain bad language. Now, allow me to clarify something. They were not talking about this kind of writing - that is, the kind where it's me talking to you. No, they were talking about fiction writing, in which one of my characters used bad language or did something rather scandalous. When I am writing fiction, I try to make my characters as realistic as possible. As an author, it is often my job to invent characters who don't necessarily exhibit the same personality and beliefs that I have, and therefore it isn't uncommon for them to act in ways that I personally think are wrong. Sometimes my characters curse. Yeah, well sometimes they also commit murder. Sometimes they have sex outside of marriage (usually I only imply this occurrence in my writing), and sometimes they tell dirty jokes or make chauvinistic comments about or to other characters. This isn't meant to be a depiction of me, and these goody-goodies are totally incapable of grasping that concept. Granted, they pointed out that I could simply imply that they used bad language, much like I do when my characters have sex. But I have to ask - which is the better and more interesting writing?

Jon cursed as he realized what an awful stench he had made putting out the campfire by urinating on it. Just as he expected, others in nearby campsites began to freak out when the toxic fumes reached them and their now not-so-delicious s'mores.

Or, why not this?

As Jon peed on the flames to put out the campfire for the night, he quickly realized what a terrible mistake that was. The steam from his urine punched him square in the nose. "Dammit, no!" he yelled as he did his best to cut off his pee-stream. Just as he expected, others in nearby campsites began to freak out when the toxic fumes reached them and their now not-so-delicious s'mores.

I think the second is higher quality writing because it better emphasized how frantic Jon was.

Look at this different type of example:

Jon stubbed his toe. "Ah shoot! Oh my goodness, that sure did hurt!"

Yeah, okay, if you liked that then please go put on some granny-panties and sing soprano in the choir. This option is far better and more realistic to how people act:

Jon stubbed his toe. "Ah shit! Ow! Ow! Ow! Dammit! Shit!"

This is how many people talk. Granted, some characters I produce wouldn't have cursed in this situation. But if this is something that you can't handle, you might consider never reading books or watching TV ever again. Consider reading another deviant I posted, Primoris - Sample.

-Up until recently, there was a "blue law" here in Georgia that prohibited the sale of alcohol on Sundays. The overwhelming majority of Georgians (about 80% of them) wanted this law abolished, and instead of passing legislation in the state Congress, our leaders decided to just let the entire population vote on it. I personally voted to get rid of this outrageous law, and everyone else I know did the same thing. Even the more rural areas overwhelmingly voted to get rid of it. Well, I know a goody-goody Christian who decided it would be better to keep the law. When I asked her why, her answer (and I kidd you not) was "Because people already buy enough alcohol as it is." Okay, so you don't like alcohol. Therefore, you feel the need to impose your beliefs on others? The philosophical brilliance here must be beyond my understanding.

-My sister knows a goody-goody who wont eat raspberries or cranberries or plumbs because she thinks, since these particular fruits (supposedly) didn't exist until after the fall of man, they are evil. She also feels this way about snow. She thinks snow is evil. Probably rain too if she has even a shred of consistency about her beliefs. I want to tie her to a tree and force-feed her evil fruit and throw evil snowballs at her. Who is with me?

-I used to date a goody-goody who wanted to "change" me (at the time I thought dating a strong Christian from my church would be good for me and my relationship with God). She was also one of the goody-goodies I mentioned earlier who opposed cursing in my fictional writing. I know this might be wrong on my part, but I almost enjoyed breaking up with her. Things are much better now, though, since God has blessed me with a smart Christian girlfriend.

Spiritual maturity greatly involves a flow of evolution that goes something like this:

1) The new believer comes under the conviction of the Holy Spirit to follow what the Bible says and do what is right, often hungering for more and more.

2) This Christian then, in the fresh excitement of experiencing God, begins to make rash decisions about life "in the Name of the Lord" and then applies these beliefs to others who they know disagree (often both believers and non-believers) under the delusion that they are being a good witness.

3) Unfortunately many believers grow old and die without ever evolving to this step, but if knowledge of the Lord continues to be hungered and He becomes more known to them through their experiences and from spending time in God's Word, they eventually take a much more thorough look at what is truly right and wrong in God's eyes and how these things relate to them as a Christian.

Don't be a goody-goody! Study God's word and discover for yourself that He is not some policeman in the sky watching your every move for mistakes. Contrary to what most goody-goodies think, they are typically not good witnesses to non-believers. Why on Earth would a non-believer, having witnessed someone having invented absurd rules for themselves and claiming them to be Biblical, want to become a Christian?

Well, I didn't think this was going to end up being an essay. I'm hungry and want wings. Goodbye ;-)


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EternalGeekExposed Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Hi there! Miss you and your insightful comments! Hope life is living well!
GideonAdams Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student Writer
Hey! Yeah, I've sort of been lazy with DA for a while now. Been distracted with school and stuff haha. You're certainly my favorite friend here on DA, and I miss your insightful (and absolutely brain-burning) comments as well :-) How are you?
EternalGeekExposed Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Awww, I appreciate the compliment.  I'm pretty lazy on here too, although I still post ever so often... maybe once or twice a month.  I've been doing pretty well lately!  My tutoring is picking back up now that Summer is ending, and I have a job teaching math at a career college as well.  This means I can actually afford to pay my half of the rent, haha!  Still working on trying to save up enough that I can get new glasses (I'm going blind!) and an inhaler (I can't breathe!) and a ring (I'm... getting married... maybe?  If she says yes?)  Trying to decide the order of these things is a bit frustrating, but I can't be too bothered by it.  I'm going to propose!  And I'm so excited and nervous... and also rather baffled about how to design a ring for her, since Chels is a JEWELRY DESIGNER so nothing that I make is going to be half as good!  Argh!  =P

How are things in your neck of the woods?
Reshiramu Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave!
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MaliciaRoseNoire Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch :hug: !
GideonAdams Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Writer
of course!
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Thanks for the :+fav: on Space :glomp:!!
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of course!
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