Yes, hello there fOLKS. My Smaugettes. Me and the boys. Welcome to my haunt. Well, if you read that little ‘about me’ page or you know me in real life (all three of you xD) (unless one of you dIDN’T TELL ME YOU READ MY BLOG.. or don’t know that you know me. oOOoh) then you’d know I’m a Christian, boiS!
Yeah um I hope I’ve been a *good* example of what a Christian *sHOULD BE* *coughs* we’re not supposed to be racist, homophobic, or judgemental, yet sO mANY aRE *cough*
On the judgment thing, it’s not right for Christians to degrade others for their sin (or their not sin) when um, Christians sin too?? Like, I get that people do things that are wrong, but Christians have no right to look down upon others for their wrongdoings when said Christian does wrong things too?? Like it’s one thing recognizing that someone’s choices are wrong (like doing drugs or something, idk) but when said Christian sees that it’s wrong and discriminates against that person for making a mistake, that’s when it’s a problem.
Our job isn’t to judge those who do wrong and decide their fate. That’s God’s job. Our job is to tell everyone about salvation and *hopefully* help them form a relationship with Jesus.
ANyyyyyWAY I am here to list some things I found interesting in Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman, which is my fAvOriTe nonfiction book!
(maybe because of the never ending snark and jokes….)
- (referring to the og fans of Jesus- the Pharisees) These people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
- you can have knowledge without having intimacy.
- I am not asking if you know about him, I am asking if you know him.
- (this is a long one, sorry) Let me take you back to a D.T.R. you’ve had at some point with someone special … you are all in. You say, “I am giving you my heart and want nothing more than to spend the rest of my life with you. Now imagine your significant other says something like this to you: “I love you too. I am willing to commit to you for the rest of my life. Let’s take this to the next level. I just have one condition; I still want to be able to see other people.” That is essentially what a fan says to Jesus. A fan says, “I love you. I am committed to you. But let’s not be exclusive.”
- The pain he experienced created an honest moment where his true affection was revealed.
- Jesus won’t share you with another lover.
- Instead of following Jesus, they [Pharisees, fans of God] are following religious rules and rituals.
- That’s what Christ wants in a follower- someone who isn’t pretending on the outside to have it all together.
- So a fan might say “Lord, Lord,” but a fan doesn’t live “Lord, Lord.”
- A belief, no matter how sincere, if not reflected in reality isn’t a belief; it’s a delusion.
- Because a stain that once represented shame and guilt and fear of rejection, now represents love, grace, and acceptance.
- “I don’t know if I’m allowed to respond to the invitation. I went through a divorce a number of years ago and my old church wouldn’t have me.” … the cushion got flipped and someone decided her stain was too big.
- following Jesus a pursuit that may cost them everything… followers will do some crazy things for love, but fans want to play it safe.
- The problem is they wanted to be called Christians without actually making an effort to follow Christ.
- We think that by denying ourselves we will miss out, but just the opposite is true.
- You can’t carry a cross without suffering.
- Unfortunately, many churches have developed Snuggie Theology, where they try and make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible.
- it’s a daily death.
- When Jesus calls us to follow, he means right now. He means today.
- Jesus points to what you most value and are most concerned about and says, “What about that?”