There will be a Day

Hey everybody! Thank you to all my new followers and all the people who liked the last post. Seeing all the emails about likes and followers kind of gave me a blogger’s high post last Friday… Sorry for not posting since then. I would have blogged more over the weekend, except that I was busy and didn’t know exactly what I wanted to talk about. And yesterday, I was so uninspired that I wanted to write about writer’s block. But for your sake, I decided not to. But I am inspired today! Yay! Okay, here we go…

I am a devoted Christian. I’m not going to hide it, and I really hope that fact doesn’t drive anybody away. That would be kind of sad, especially considering what I want to talk about today. Anyway, I am a follower of Jesus Christ, but I still have friends of different religions and philosophies: Muslims, Sikhs, Atheists, etc. I find it quite exciting, because I’ve always loved learning about cultures and religions that I’m not familiar with. But not everybody’s like that. Clashes over opposing philosophies occur frequently. There are so many egotistical hotheads who like to get into religious debates just for the heck of it. And then there were the Crusades. And nowadays, when religion comes into play with issues like abortion and gay rights, it just gets ugly. 

It’s so sad. And the worst part is when the so called “religious people” are just going through the motions. For example, it’s not uncommon to find nominal Christians in the US. What’s uncommon is finding real, Christ-following Christians. And when people of other religions and philosophies see these hypocritical “Christians” who aren’t actually living it, they don’t take them seriously. They get angry. They also get angry when people make quick decisions based on faith and aren’t willing to talk about it. This, of course, is not true of all faith-led people. That’s another sad thing: religious people are seen as close-minded and hate-filled people, and non-religious people are seen as ignorant and arrogant. Which, of course, is not true stereotyping at all. The few people who fit these descriptions gave bad names to all those who don’t, and now it’s not helping to reconcile those two groups.

Some people think that more legislation and political action is going to solve this problem. It won’t. Rules will do absolutely nothing to help, because right now, there’s just a whole lot of hate going around. And you know what the antidote for hate is?

Love. Genuine, true love that says, “We may believe different things, but that’s not going to come between our relationship. In fact, because of my love for you, I am going to stick with you, even when we disagree.” You may know you’re right. You may think you’re right. You may not know what to believe. But that shouldn’t come between you and another person. Sure, you can talk about religion and philosophy. You should talk about it, if it’s important to you. But hatred and arrogance are not going to solve anything. They’re not going to convert anyone to your cause, faith, or philosophy. 

Personally, I want everyone to know the deep, deep love of God. I want everyone to be saved by the blood of Jesus, the blood that saved me. It pains me to see people following paths of self-destruction, and I await the day when there shall be no more tears or pain or hatred. And because of those beliefs, I am able to love others more deeply, more freely, and more truly. 
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(I borrowed this picture from Google, please don’t eat me.)

Enjoy the lemonade,

Epylle Spydre

An Anti-Mean People March!

Earlier this year, I was at a friend’s party, and we were playing a game, though I don’t remember what it was called. The object of the game is for one person to read out a question, and people write down anonymous answers, and the “Chooser” guesses who answered what. One question was, If you could go on a march for some cause, what would it be? So I think a little, and I lean over to the friend on my left and ask her, “Do you think I could make up an “Anti-Haters” March?” And she says, “Sure! But no! Make it an “Anti-Mean People March”! It would be so you!” So, even though the point is to put down answers that the Chooser won’t guess, I put down an Anti-Mean People March. I’m sure you can figure out who the Chooser guessed when she saw that one… But it was still fun to put down that answer, and it’s become somewhat of an inside joke between my friends and I.

So here we go on my Anti-Mean People March, er…Rant.

You know what bugs me? People who get upset and angry and start hatin’ for no real reason at all. Like the whole Chick-fil-A issue. That issue just bothers me, ‘cause it’s so stupid. Seriously, one person can’t express his opinion without one person taking offense, and another person taking offense at that? And suddenly, everybody’s taking sides, and people don’t even remember what the issue’s about anymore. It’s called FREEDOM OF SPEECH! Seriously, you’ve never come across people who don’t have views that are different from yours? Especially on the same-sex marriage debate. Practically everybody except for me has some sort of view about the rights of homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual people. And the reason I don’t have a view about rights is because I’m not into politics. I’d rather concern myself with what I can do for these people. And for me, that’s love. Yup. Love.

It’s really sad, because a lot of the haters of these people who have different sexual orientations are Christians. But they’re not being real Christians. They’re not following in Christ’s footsteps and loving people. What happened to “God is love”?!? Anyways, I’m not going to rant. Too much. But still, I know a couple people who are homosexuals and bisexuals, and I love them. I don’t love their sexual orientation, but I love them. There’s a difference. But a lot of people don’t see that difference. So, here’s my anti-mean people march. God is the one who saves and heals, and God can bring these people to the sexual orientation that pleases Him. Please, if you are a homosexual, bisexual, or transsexual, don’t get offended at me. I know that God loves you, and because of God, I love you too. So, this actually isn’t just an Anti-Mean People March, it’s a LOVE MARCH!! Yay!! I’m like Martin Luther King, Jr., spreading my opinion in a friendly, peaceful way J

But I can’t stand how some people say, “God HATES gay people! Gay people are going to HELL!” AGH! Seriously people, you are so narrow-minded!! Go, check your Bible before you start making judgments for God about people you haven’t even taken the time to know and understand. And these people who just need love hear all this HATING that’s going around! And they assume that all people believe this, and that God DOES hate them and so do all Christians and that the Bible condemns them but all that is NONSENSE! Sorry, it just really bothers me. There’s the protest part of my march right there. The point is that God loves gay people. In the Bible, Jesus says, “And love your neighbor as yourself”. He didn’t add, “Except for homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual people. You can love the prostitutes, love the murderers, love the thieves, you can even love the Gentiles, but don’t you DARE love people with different sexual orientations as yourselves.” NO! That would have been ridiculous! But that’s how people interpret the Bible, and it’s STUPID! People really need to broaden their horizons, and learn a little bit of love.

We’re on a love march people. It was a misnomer the whole time. Because even the mean people deserve love, which is why I’m not calling it an Anti-Mean People March. I love you. Yes, you. I don’t care if you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, a Democrat, a Republican, a Christian, an Atheist, a Buddhist, a lover, or a hater.

But I love you.

Epylle Spydre

Karma Part 2

Enter the second part of my series that is at least somewhat about karma! Alrighty, this one is more on the topic, I promise you. Okay, so I was thinking about karma yesterday, right? And as I said in yesterday’s post, I think it’s really sad that people have taken the idea of karma and made it into something commonplace and ordinary. From my understanding of karma, it is the idea that all of a person’s good deeds and bad deeds, no matter how small, are on a scale. And those deeds will sort of prescribe the future of that person, either good or bad, so that they receive what they deserve. And I don’t expect you to get my thought jump here, but I went from the idea of putting so much importance on our deeds on hypocrisy in the church.

Yup. But I swear, it’s totally legitimate. You’ve probably seen it or heard it: people preaching that the way to get to heaven is by doing enough good works, being good enough. It’s really quite a common misconception that you need to be good enough to get to heaven. But being good enough finds its definition in things like not smoking, not doing drugs, not having sex, not cursing, going to church every Sunday, or maybe giving to charity every now and then, but not doing much more than that. But see, here’s the cinch: people who aren’t in the faith can see through this. They can see through the false pretenses people put up. If the only way you’re identifying yourself as a Christian is by not doing all the bad stuff, people can see that you’re not really a Christian.

I’m sorry, but the name “Christian” has the name of Christin it. As Christians, we follow in Christ’s footsteps. And while it’s true that Christ didn’t say bad words or do all that other stuff, there’s a whole TON of stuff that Christ did that people are forgetting about: healing the sick, feeding the 5,000, preaching and teaching, and in general, loving people. The thing that strikes most non-Christians about real Christians is their incredible love. And the worst piece of hypocrisy that shows up in the Church is not loving people. I mean, all those people who protest at soldier’s funerals saying that God is using the death of soldiers as punishment on the homosexuality ARE NOT BEING REAL CHRISTIANS. But you probably know that already. Unfortunately though, people like that cast a bad light on the real Christians out there. It’s not that all people in the Church are like this, it’s just that there’s an awful lot of people who are just messed up Christians. Or should I say “Churchians”. And the rest of the world can see that.

But back to my original idea: there are a lot of people in the Christian faith that, besides being big hypocrites, convince people that you get to heaven by your works. But that is the farthest from the truth. Please believe me when I say this. Some people will say that getting to heaven is all about YOU and what YOU do, but in reality, heaven is all about JESUS. Jesus is the only one who will get you to heaven, because he was the one who took our sins upon himself as he died on the cross. By taking our sins, he was the Pascal Lamb, and God took those sins and spread them as far as the East is from the West. When we accept God’s gift of salvation, we become perfect in the eyes of a perfect God. Our hearts are changed from an inky black to a beautiful, pure white. Getting to heaven is not about us, but about Jesus. And the only thing we need to do is accept that.

The ironic part is that after we accept salvation, God’s love fills us up so that we do go out and do things. Getting to heaven is not about our works, but our works are what define us as Christians. Because if after receiving God’s love we do not go out and love other people, then we aren’t really Christians. There’s a delicate balance between “your works are what save you” and “your works show that you are saved”. As Jefferson Bethke says so much better than I, “Religion: If I obey, then God will love me. Gospel: because God already loves me, I want to obey.”

Epylle Spydre

p.s. sorry, once again, karma was less integrated in the post than I was originally thinking it would be. Woops.