Religion.Monday, February 22, 2016
[DISCLAIMER: I promise I am in no way attempting to convert anyone to Christianity through this post. :) ]
It's not often that I will use that title. I never hide the fact that I believe in God/Jesus Christ or that I regularly attend church, but I don't often use the title of "Christian". And it's not because I am ashamed of my beliefs, but rather that I am ashamed of the actions of those who claim to believe in the same God that I do.
Growing up "in the church", I learned to view the world through a particular lens. However it wasn't until I started attending university that I began to learn to accept, value, and truly love others without judging their actions. It wasn't until that I was training to become a social worker that I truly learned what it meant to be a follower of Christ. My Jewish sociology professor said it best: "If you want to know what it means to be a good social worker, follow the example of Jesus."
Jesus did all those things. See John Chapter 4. See John Chapter 8. See Matthew Chapters 5-7. Even if you don't believe that Jesus was real, you have to admit that all of those qualities are desirable for anyone in a helping profession. Or just, you know, for humans in general.
I'm not even talking about turning the other cheek, or loving people who literally sell you out to be crucified. I'm talking about just being loving and accepting to people who believe differently than you do. People who see life differently, who take a different path, who follow their hearts even though your belief system says that they're wrong.
You know what? At the end of the day, "those people" are a direct reflection of whom/what they believe in. Are you?