Christianity, in general, is often given a bad rap by secular society. The "unbelievers" site instances of hypocrisy, or judgmental attitudes that seem to undermine the very fabric of what the Christian faith is all about.
I currently have views on God that don't fit into any organized religion. However, throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to study the Bible extensively, and many of the various doctrines concerning it.
The people on this page exemplify to me what true Christianity is all about
May 20th, 2013 was a day many churches in our city and around the world began pooling their support to help our community following the devastation of the F5 tornado's path.
This video was my attempt to show some of the terror, but like all of us who've been through something like that understand, videos can never do it justice.
The financial, material, emotional, and logistical support from the Christian community was vital to helping our city recover.
The downed power lines and other debris from the storms made it impossible for me to go out in my wheelchair and see the worst damage to the city I was growing to love.
As navigation slowly became possible, our backyard was cleaned of tornado debris, by a Christian group from Texas, and our town was quickly immersed in a world of people who put their beliefs into action. Never during that time did I feel judged or preached at.
One day while near the pond at my house, a stranger gave me the sign to the left, and while out around town with my kids, each was given a handmade quilt by some lovely Christians who, even when told "we were doing okay", wanted to help.
Christianity was wrapped in love, and it was beautiful.
Then there are the sewing sisters (although there might be a few men involved). They are members of a local church who donate their time, talents, and material to sew bags, blankets, and other accessories for wheelchairs users, to hang on walkers, for mothers of new babies and other people who need them. They made and gave me one, but apparently, my crazy wheelchair dance moves lost it.
These sewing sisters give these items away to people in need. Using the skills and talents God gave you to help people in need is a pivotal teaching in Christianity.
One of my friends rides some hand modified bicycles around town with a flag on the back declaring "Jesus saves". I guarantee he has done more for spreading the Gospel, than if he spent all his time in a church building.
One day a young man pulled over and said God put me on his heart. He gave me some cash he had on hand. Both the cash and the fact that he stopped and told me that, were very important that day. sometimes I just need to be reminded that I am surrounded by thoughts and prayers.
I also was recently moved by a group from another church. They came together on a very short notice, moved everything in what seemed like 20 minutes. A different church group came together to move my junk when a handicapped accessible unit opened up in the complex. They even threw a playground party that day, and have a Bible club that meets with kids at the complex every Thursday.
I had the privilege of being raised by Godly parents who believe what they said and lived what they believe. My sisters and many family members and friends fit into this category as well. Their Christianity is wrapped in love, as all Christianity should be.
Christianity, at least the credible type, isn't about going to church every week, or judging others and condemning people who are different from you.
There is a way to approach subjects like sexuality, drug use, past crimes, and current situations, but a true Christian can approach any subject with love.
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. -1 Corinthians 13:4-5
No one is perfect. Not you reading this, obviously not me, and not even the most credible Christian.
Regardless of how you relate to Christianity, I hope these stories and the millions of other stories around the world of true believers will help you not to judge "Christians" because of the term.
Some Christians live up to their name, and they are my heroes
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