Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Raise your hand if you believe in Santa Claus. It's okay if you do. I won't tell anyone. Do you believe in the Easter Bunny? How about the Tooth Fairy? If you don't believe anymore, do you remember believing? Children that believe in Santa Claus act like they believe in Santa Claus. After Thanksgiving, kids start to be on their best behavior because they want Santa to bring them gifts. The kids at my house go to bed a bit earlier so the Easter Bunny can come hid the eggs and baskets. Every child faithfully puts their lost teeth under their pillow and wait for the Tooth Fairy to pay out.

Do you believe in love? You believe in the magic that is love, don't you? If you didn't, you'd act differently. Think about how your life would be if you didn't believe in love. Would you be as happy? Would you be as sweet to people? Would you smile when you saw a friend? How about marriage? Where would that end up in your life?

When you believe in something, you act accordingly. Believing that the boogy man lives under your bed causes you to leap on and off your bed at night so he can't grab you. Believing that Santa brings toys for good kids causes you to be nice throughout the month of December. Believing in Christ...what about that? A Christian is someone who believes in Christ, right?

When I was in school, I found something really neat. Ready for it? My teacher would have some girls stand up in the room and he would say "Everyone standing in this room is a girl, but not all of the girls are standing." This concept has never ceased to blow my mind. Why? I don't know. I just find it really neat.

All Christians are good people, but not all good people are Christian.

Calm down, I'm not done yet. I know that not all Christians truly are good people. Why? Because not everyone who claims to be a Christian is a Christian. I am not a perfect Christian, but I know how to be, for the most part. I know how to be a good Latter-day Saint Christian. There are a lot of people, though, that don't. And these people that don't, and don't care to find out, are not really Christians, are they?

Believing in something causes you to act accordingly. To truly believe in Christ would mean to act that way. If you believed in Him, you'd believe that he was perfect. You'd believe that he was a perfect example of how we all should live. You'd believe he lived and died for you. You'd believe that He loves you and wants to help you. So, you'd try to be like him. You would follow those rules and guidelines that He set out for you. You'd try to be perfect by loving like He did. You'd help those who need help. When you made a mistake, you'd "repent" because He asked you to.

There are a lot of people in this world, especially in this little area of Utah, that call themselves Christians. They go out there, beat someone down, and then announce that they're Christian. Last time I checked, Christ wasn't out hurting people. It's like claiming you believe monsters live in your closet and then hanging out in there when no one is looking. It sounds silly, but it's true. So many people just tear other people down and then claim that the biggest example in their life is Christ. It makes me wonder if Christ had an evil twin or something... with the same name.

If you don't believe in Christ, that's fine. You don't have to. It's your decision. But you can still probably see the point here. A lot of people think that because they call themselves Christian, they can do what they please. They think that believing in Christ makes you all knowing and all powerful. I believe that you can gain power from knowing and sticking with what you believe. I think that if you believe in Christ and act on it in the right way, you will have a certain power that only comes from believing in something.

Everybody makes mistakes, right? I mean, heck, I made one today by not picking my outfit out earlier! I make mistakes every single day. So many Christians believe that there is one way, and one way only, to live. "Christians" will look down upon you for saying a bad word once in a while. "Christians" will tell you how to feel, when to feel and what to feel. If they perceive you as different from themselves, then you are the one at fault. "Christians" are perfect. They watch a person fall and think "if they hadn't done that, then they wouldn't be where they are now. That sucks for them!" "Christians" never truly care about anyone but themselves.

A true Christian would shrug it off when someone swears at them. They would understand that people believe differently and act differently, and that it's okay. A Christian would listen to you state your feelings, and then comfort you, cheer for you, congratulate you, or simply reach out their hand to hold you. They would know that everyone on this planet is human and that everyone has had different experiences that set them apart in many ways. Christians would see someone fall and help them up, no matter the reason for the fall. They wouldn't judge you based on your background. They wouldn't try to convert you by constantly nagging you for your mistakes. They wouldn't address your mistakes, because they know that that isn't their place in life. Christians care more about other than they do themselves.

I'm not a perfect Christian. And I don't claim to be. I just wish people would stop giving us a bad name. Christians aren't supposed to be self-righteous little stinkers who run around condemning people for using the "S" word once in a while. You know the type of people I'm talking about. In fact, I bet you know at least five "Christians!" I'd start pointing them out, but this post would get really long, really fast.

Christians are good people. "Christians" are the kind of people that don't like me because of other people's mistakes in life. There are a lot of people in this world that aren't Christian that act a lot more Christian than actual Christians do. These people are the ones that give respect. They help people when there's a need for it, they don't exclude you because you like rap music or because you prefer a different type of drink.

Going to Church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.

pssst...these boys are not cars...

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