Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Boring?

I've never really had anyone say this to my face, except for last night: I was told that this person thought I was fake and that my Christian persona was hiding something. This person and I don't really get along most of the time and I knew he was just trying to push my buttons. I own up to all my dirt, and I think because his pile of dirt is slightly bigger than mine (he does have about a decade on me...), he feels like no one's life could be that "pure".

So I don't really know if it's a good or a bad thing to be called "fake" for the Gospel. I know I will be persecuted (in a wimpy, Western sense of the word), but this is certainly not the form I thought it would take! My life really IS this boring, by the world's standards. I've not done any drugs, I'm a 22 year old virgin (by choice), and I try to live my life by the basic standards of "love God, love people". No, really. That's it. I pray and I go to church every Sunday and it isn't a front. This is my heart.

I suppose it was deeply insulting for someone to imply, even indirectly, that my dedication to Jesus and the Gospel was anything but profoundly real. You base your whole existence around something and anyone could just come up and point at it and say they don't think its real or they don't think it looks the way it should. And that's the way it goes. But I have the hope that the verse below applies to me...

Mat 5:10 Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

5 comments:

Paul said...

I've heard those skeptical remarks before myself. I just laugh and let them think what they will. I'd rather be genuine and thought a fake than be a fake and thought a holy man.

Michelle said...

22-year-old virgins unite!

Anonymous said...

You ARE what's wrong with the world today...nuff said!!!

clb said...

Oh wait, I get it! It's a good joke! "Help, I'm being persecuted in a wimpy Western sense!" Ha ha. Should have caught that sooner.

Prodigious1One said...

Hey. Sometimes I feel the same as you that I'm boring, but a Christian.

I think that people like you and I must find each other, so that we don't go crazy and so that we certainly don't distance ourselves from God.

Right on for not feeling abashed about who you are. Keep going, the Kingdom is worth it and you please God.