I know you clicked on this blog because you want me to tell you why it’s cool being a Christian.
But, before we get to that, there’s something worth remembering; we need to think about who we’re satisfying when we classify ourselves as “cool” or “uncool”. Are those words something that God would use, or are they simply of the world?
It’s important to think about because we do not live for the world, we live for the LORD. In the end, it doesn’t matter whether someone thinks we’re cool. Anyone else’s approval should be of the utmost unimportance in our lives. The only approval we will ever need is of someone who is not OF this world. It’s God’s.The only approval we will ever need is of someone who is not OF this world. It's God's. Click To Tweet
Now that I’ve completely destroyed any other point I’ll probably make in this blog, let’s back up. 😉
Why is it that so many people still carry around the misconception that we’re outcasts? Some might say it’s just the “nature of the job”, but does it have to be?
Before I become a strong Catholic, I used to roll my eyes at everyone getting so excited about God. It was so foreign to me that I couldn’t possibly understand why someone would think God was fun. To me, He was far from it. To me, believing in God meant going on boring weekend retreats, reading weird passages from this thing called the Bible, being way-super-excited about youth group and singing un-catchy songs.
It was all ew. All gross. All no-thanks.
In reality, my perception was obviously skewed, and (worse yet) I didn’t care.
And do you want to know what that mindset caused?
It completely kept me from God.
If you are like I was, or if you’re a Christian and embarrassed about it–stop. God is above all of this. It doesn’t matter to Him whether we look silly praying or chatting about the bible. His worry is greater than that: for Him, it’s about our hearts and souls.If you think Christianity is 'uncool', or if you're a Christian and embarrassed about it--stop. God is above all of that. Click To Tweet
This journey we take with the Lord is beautiful, and you are missing out if you think you’re too cool for it all, or if you think you’re lame for believing in it.
If you still need a little convincing, here are a few of my favorite reasons why I love being Christian.
What if I told you that you don’t actually have to carry around all that guilt?
Yeah. I’m serious. It’s called forgiveness and God is all about it. There’s probably guilt that you aren’t even aware you have (cause it’s hidden so well), but either way, everyone’s got it.
However, there’s good news! God tells us that in Him, we can live freely.
We can do this by confessing our sins to Him (preferably in reconciliation with a priest–shout out to all my Catholic friends) and He gives us a completely blank slate. How many people can honestly say they know what that feels like? It’s crazy knowing there’s someone greater than you that can take all the hurt, pain and shame away.
We know the true value of women (and men) around here.
I know you’ve been told by about a thousand people that Christianity (and more specifically Catholicism) is suppressive. We don’t let our women do much and basically, all they’ll amount to is becoming a mom with ten kids. Plus, we make sure our women know they must always submit to men.
Does that sound about right? Well, I’m here to call bull-crap on all those lies (cause trust me, they are). Truthfully, God preaches equality and a give-and-take relationship between men and women. Each have important roles in the Church. Although those roles may be different, it doesn’t make one less important than the other.
Women are bad-ass, and so are men. And when you put them together, they form an unbeatable team.Women are bad-ass, and so are men. And when you put them together, they form an unbeatable team. Click To Tweet
We know the true value of a human life.
And we would do anything to save one. Whether that means fighting against abortion or just being there when a friend is going through something insanely tough, we will persist.
I understand you might be making the argument now that you don’t have to be religious to know the value of a human life. And that’s true. But, we’ve also got something a little deeper on our minds. We know that each life extends past the time we’ve got on this earth. We see past what’s happening tomorrow, and on to what will happen after it.
That awareness, I think, is exactly what makes us so conscious of how we live out these 100 years. There’s a lot more grace, happiness, forgiveness and thankfulness in Christianity, that (honestly) is so hard to find elsewhere in modern day society.
Yeah, maybe we don’t always wear the coolest clothes, drive the best cars or live in the most beautiful homes, but that doesn’t mean Christianity isn’t where you need to be.Yeah, maybe we don't always wear the coolest clothes, drive the best cars or live in the most beautiful homes, but that doesn't mean Christianity isn't where you need to be. Click To Tweet
Believing in God isn’t a trend that’s going to fade anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean it’s annoyingly mainstream if you do believe. God is beyond that, and we should be too.