Friday, September 23, 2011

The one where God cannot be contained in a little box labeled Christianity.

There I was singing along quietly to some Jack Johnson on my iTunes when the guest in our home said, "Jack Johnson is sin. You need to stop listening to it."

I stared.

"Really? Jack Johnson is sin? Listening to him is sin?"

And so the conversation stopped.

But my mind did not. The whole rest of the evening I couldn't help but realize that this, this is why non-Christians have labeled Christians as judgemental and hypocritical.

Because the God I know doesn't have a box labeled Christian and only those who listen to Christian music can be in it.

Because the God I know doesn't have a box labeled Christian and only those who don't drink alcohol are in it.

Because the God I know doesn't have a box labeled Christian and only those who dress a certain way are in it.

Heck, the God I know doesn't even have a box labeled Christian.

Instead we so called Christians have labeled that box for ourselves and told ourselves and others that unless you dress a certain way, act a certain way, listen to certain music you can't be a Christian.

The God I know has only one label that I know: LOVE


And oh how He loves us! He truly does. Despits others labeling us, judging us, tearing us down, and misrepresenting Him.

And I'm clinging to that as I listen to my Jack Johnson and know in my heart where I stand with God; outside that little box labeled Christianity.

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3 comments:

  1. I really appreciate this! I have many more words I could say, but I will just leave it at that! ;)

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  2. Oh Vanessa,
    This was a message to my heart tonight. I just had someone ask me to write about myself as an example for a small group bible study. My word, if she only knew how far I am from what she wants to portray. But then, how far we all are really. Our God is GRACE and that is the only box that exists! Thank you Abba for the freedom to come to you just as we are!

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  3. Gen-I bet! ;)

    Rhyan-Oh you are so correct! I think of how often I fail and the grace God gives me time and time again! Just amazing!

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