Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Gettin' all Christian up in here

I don't like to blog about my faith.
Like, I really really don't like it. It makes me uncomfortable.

I know my reasons for disliking it are ultimately untrue, but they still haunt me. If I start blogging about Jesus all the time my superchristian friends will find my thoughts shallow and not quite so good as theirs. My non-Christian friends will read about my faith and suddenly think I am delusional and/or stupid. (I can occasionally be delusional and/or stupid, but I have good company in that.)  
I have many Christian friends and many of these people have blogs and most of their blogs are about almost nothing but Jesus. And they do a great job with it. I can't do a great job with it. Will all my posts suddenly become exactly the same? Will I get boring? And one by one the people who read stop, until only two are left? (Hi Mom and Dad!) 

I don't always shy away from it. I have had one other "Christian" post in my one-and-a-half years and sixty-five posts since I started this experiment in narcissism, even if it was mainly about other people. (Really, only 65 posts in over 18 months? What a slacker.) 

I mention my aversion to writing about my faith because I came across a Bible passage that I really really wanted to share, but at the same time I really really don't like to because I don't want to be labelled a Christian Blog. But I decided that this needed to be shared instead, because I think it's marvelous:

(1 Th 2:6-8, Message.)

...we never threw our weight around or tried to come across as important, with you or anyone else. We weren't aloof with you. We took you just as you were. We were never patronizing, never condescending, but we cared for you the way a mother cares for her children. We loved you dearly. Not content to just pass on the Message, we wanted to give you our hearts. And we did.

I bolded verse 8, as I particularly like it.
I quite like the NLT version:

We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God's Good News but our own lives, too.

(I'm going to say "we" and "let's" a lot right now, because I had "I" knocked out of me in various high school English classes, not because I think you are condescending or anything.) 

Wouldn't it be amazing that we  could say that to anyone and have it be the truth? To stop being obsessed with our reputations and how important we are, to stop our better/holier-than-thou attitudes and just care for people? Accept them as they are? What if we stopped just trying to convert people, teaching them the gospel and then dropping them?  Grow deep and personal relationships with people. Share our own lives. Be vulnerable and interdependent on one another. 
I like it. Let's do it.


  1. Alison, I love this. And I also love all your "non-Jesus" blog posts. :)

  2. Alison, I think you are marvelous. And you give me a lot to think about. I like learning from you. <3