Growing up in a small town sheltered me from some of the judgement I would have faced as a Christian in other areas of Minnesota, although I still received some criticism from my fellow peers for being (somewhat) traditional in my younger years. To be honest, I made plenty of mistakes in my youth and was no golden angel.
However, I became more developed in my walk of faith after becoming a mother (Izaak has been a huge blessing for my spiritual journey).
After birthing Izaak, I went back to school when he was one. I took mostly night classes so he would not have to go to daycare much and I was excited to finally get the education that I felt I needed for a career.
I wasted too much time in my youth not taking college seriously. I was ready to get my degree and help (alongside with my husband) provide for my family.
Christian persecution in Western culture
My college experience was not what I expected as I faced alienation for being a Christian. I soon found out that my college of choice (Metropolitan State University) was partial to liberalism and even treated their conservative students differently.
In one particular instance, I remember one of my teachers storming into the classroom after Trump won the presidential election. He ranted on and on for what seemed like forever about how our country made a huge mistake. He spewed hate towards Trump supporters. It was very uncomfortable.
A legal adult has the right to vote for who they want to vote for in any election, a teacher (who is in a position of power) should NEVER force their beliefs down their student’s throat.
In the instance I discussed above, my professor made it very clear how stupid Trump was in his eyes and that no one could argue with him at that point in time. It was not a time of debate or discussion. It was a power trip to him. He was the dictator and his students were to listen and obey.
As a conservative, there were instances that I felt alienated by my fellow peers in the classroom. And while not all Christians are Trump supporters, the above story is the perfect example that displays the favoritism that public schools often display towards their liberal students.
Counter-cultural Christian views in Western culture
In Western society, Christians face plenty of backlash for having strong views that oppose the media and culture.
Christian views can be considered as counter-cultural in many Western societies. And as people step further away from the Bible’s teachings, these viewpoints are often thought of as “old-fashioned” and even intolerant.
- Most Christians don’t think two men or two women should be sexually together
- Most Christians take marriage seriously
- Most Christians believe in one true God
- Most Christians do not support abortion
I’m not sorry for the above statements, nor will I apologize for them.
Additionally, I am aware that the viewpoints of the above statements are changing, although mine are not.
However, despite my viewpoints I will never judge anyone for their actions/beliefs…and I hope for the same in return.
Unfortunately my Christian views can sometimes be misinterpreted as judgmental. I find abortion morally wrong and argue that it is murder, but I never had judged a woman for an abortion.
We live in a culture that considers babies in the womb as less than human (animals seem to have more rights than babies in the womb have) and women are manipulated to believe that it is their choice to terminate their pregnancy.
I have always advocated against abortion but understand how a woman would be led to believe in our culture that terminating a pregnancy isn’t murder. Western culture promotes a woman’s choice and opposes human rights for babies until they exit the womb.
Yet some people will call me a judgmental Christian due to my convictions.
Oftentimes, this judgement is a counteraction to the guilt that they are experiencing. I’ve reacted the same way in the past when I have been confronted with the reality that I am a sinner.
However, as my relationship with Christ continues to grow, so does my willingness to stand up for what I believe in.
The shoves that I get from people that just cant handle conflicting viewpoints only fuel my beliefs:
Read 2 Timothy 3:12
I do understand the viewpoint that Christians are judgmental and even hypocritical. After all, Christians have done some pretty horrific stuff throughout history.
However, a true Christian’s job is not to judge their fellow man.
As a sinner, God does not permit me to judge as that would be hypocritical. I can call out an action as wrong in my eyes, I can even let someone know that what they are doing is sinful if I am worried about them, but I cannot judge anyone for I am not perfect myself.
How hard is it to not judge as a Christian?
It’s a daily battle not to be a judgmental person. Everyone struggles with judgement, Christian or not.
However, God does not want us to judge each other:
Read Matthew 7:1-5
While judgement is not OK and we should constantly we working on not judging each other, it is OK and absolutely necessary to have conviction. Choosing to believe that a certain action is wrong while not judging a specific person for their actions is what we are called to do. Lovingly praying for someone who is in a spiritual crisis is the Christian thing to do. Trying to shame a person for their actions isn’t the thing to do.
Don’t be bullied into hiding your beliefs, you might turn into a lukewarm Christian, something that God DOES NOT LIKE:
Read Revelation 3: 15-16
Instead, stand up for what you believe in while not judging others who believe otherwise. Choose to pray for those who are lost, don’t judge them. Invite them over, share a meal, love each other, gift them a bible.
We are not to judge nonbelievers for that is God’s job. We are supposed to welcome them with open arms so that they too may see the love of God.
JESUS LOVES YOU!
-Holly, the imperfect momma