Christian. What does that word mean to you?
To me, it means I am born again. I am saved and redeemed through the blood of my Savior, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross at Calvary, taking with him in death all of my sin – even though my birth was a long way away. It means he died for the sins of all men, women, and children, for all time, and he rose again – preparing a place for us in Heaven.
It means that I believe wholeheartedly that he was born to a virgin, was perfect and sinless, and died, rose again, and is waiting for me – along with all the other Christians – in Heaven. It means I have recognized that I was and am a sinner, and always will be. It means I recognize that without his forgiveness and without him coming into my heart to save me and change my life, that I would undoubtedly go to hell when I die. It means that I fully believe in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit (God/Jesus/Holy Spirit). It also means that yes, I very much believe Heaven and hell are real. And I do very much believe that without Salvation, we would all be doomed.
Faith is something I hold near and dear to my heart. Now, more than ever, Jesus means the world to me. He has brought me out of the bondage of my own sin, the life I used to live and the bad lifestyle choices I once upon a time would make.
Without my Faith, and without Jesus by my side as my refuge, I honestly don’t know how I would have made it through some of the terrible things that have come my way in this life. Seriously. I am not saying these things to be cliche’, but on the contrary, I wholeheartedly mean them – and my hope for you is that you can come to know Christ the way I have, and ask him to forgive your sins, welcome him into your heart and life to change you and make you into a new creature, and live a happy, joyous life – because without Jesus, there is NO joy. No TRUE joy, anyway. No matter what you may think…it’s just not possible to live the happiest life possible without him.
Now, with all that being said…onto my original point in posting this.
It is SO HARD to be a Christian mom in today’s world and raise children who continue to be on board with Christianity and Christian parenting. No matter how much I try to get them back into it, living in this world has corrupted everything I have ever tried to teach them about the Lord. Their viewpoints on Jesus, having a relationship with God, religion, living a good, pure life and walking a path of righteousness have completely gone out the window. I am beside myself at how badly their surroundings in public school have ruined everything and has completely altered their minds from what they used to be.
As a matter of fact, from what I am gathering…most kids their age believe abortion is perfectly okay because they don’t believe a developing baby to be anything more than “a cluster of cells”. Can you believe it? They don’t believe God even exists, and call themselves athiests. And if those aren’t even bad enough? None of them want to hear anything about Jesus, or how much he loves them.
They believe being gay is perfectly okay and acceptable because the world wants them to think it is. It’s become so commonplace to see boys holding each others hands and girls making out in the bathrooms, that it doesn’t phase any of them anymore. I see commercials on TV now where there are gay, transgender, and lesbian couples kissing, holding hands and being almost intimate in certain commercials. It’s not okay. I don’t have a homophobia issue; that’s the fear of gay people. What I do have a problem with is the world making it seem like this is okay and we need to accept it whether we like it or not, because this is how things are now. My Bible still says a woman should be with a man, and a man with a woman. It hasn’t changed to roll with the times. And God doesn’t change. He’s the same today as he was 2,000 years ago. So, why then do people make things what they want them to be and change how they view the Bible, and expect that the Bible should change with the times? It’s just not going to happen.
I love all people just the same. Gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual. It’s not my place to judge them for what they are doing. I just don’t appreciate my kids seeing these things and becoming jaded to it all, and thinking it’s just the ‘new normal’. It’s just not okay.
I am beside myself with today’s generation of teenagers. I am so saddened to think where their futures are going to take them, and what can be done to win them back to God. What can I do??
It’s hard to be a Christian wife, too. It’s even harder when you can’t find any like-minded mom friends who are also wives and are as deep into their relationship with God as you.
Nearly every woman I know doesn’t ever talk about God, or even the fact that he exists…and some of them don’t believe he exists at all. Some of them only call on him when they need something. I really can’t stand when people do that, but it’s not my place to judge as hard as it is.
I feel like…you need to either be ALL in, or you’re just out. You need to love the Lord with all your heart, and live that life if you claim to be a Christian, or don’t claim it at all.
I know things in the world are getting worse and worse, and the time for Jesus to come back is here. I’m just waiting patiently, biding my time, enjoying every moment I possibly can, loving my family, and telling as many people as I can about Jesus and how much he loves them. I don’t often get met with great responses to telling people about him…but then I remember what Jesus said in John 15:18 “If the world hates you, remember they hated me first.” And then I think to myself, “Hmm. You must be doing something right.”