I’ll just put it out there. Our family believes in God. Our family believes in Jesus. Our girls have studied the Bible and we pray. We do not attend a church and this is for several reasons. Lately though I’ve been surprised by how many people feel that you can only be a good Christian if you in fact go to and attend church regularly. I don’t believe that mainly because there are so many people that go to church just for the social aspect of it. Which is nice and fine, but is also a bit hypocritical when they are out being mean to people the next time you see them. This includes judging a woman that might not have her hair fixed at the best salon or live in the nicest of neighborhoods. People judge each other way too much these days and apparently many people have “standards” that you must meet to be considered worthy of their time. Seems to me that Jesus feels we are all worthy of his time and he’s there for you regardless of your status or persona in life. I’m not saying we are perfect, there are times when I get frustrated often and wonder why on earth people flaunt their money in such ways, or when some people give off the perception that they think they are better than me, I judge them for that mainly because I question why? Why do they think they are better than me simply because they wear make up and have a $300k house (and debt up to their eyeballs), but when I am honest and say that we are just renting a small duplex and are paying off all our debt, I get the looks and nods and the subject gets changed. I’m always asking Travis, is it jealousy? Is it because I’m just being honest? Its the same when I mention I do volunteer work with animal shelters. Aren’t we supposed to do volunteer work for God? Aren’t we supposed to want to help people and animals? People always tell me how good I am to do that. The thing is I don’t do it to feel good because there are many times I have felt very sad about it. I don’t do it for credit or recognition of any kind, I just do it to help and because I love animals. I also get told that they just couldn’t go into an animal shelter and look into the cages of the sad animals. I’ve gotten to where I start saying, “How do you think the animals feel looking out at you?” That usually shuts people up.
Back to religion though, I have a friend that is a Wicca and I find it interesting to ask her questions about it. She was always happy to answer them and it doesn’t mean I’m going to turn Wicca, but I do think it means that we can always be open to other people and their beliefs. Not judge them on their beliefs, but show a genuine interest. The interesting thing is of all the people I have know with different beliefs – and I have known Muslims, Buddhists, Agnostics, etc. Not a single one of them have ever made me feel bad or like other Christians can tend to make you feel. They have all asked me a few questions about Christianity which I am happy to answer to the best of my ability, but if I don’t know the answer I have told them that as well. I just feel that religion is whatever you make of it, no one has to be right or wrong, we just have to be open and kind.