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30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 29

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Day 29

Today I am thankful for my faith and for God. I know that may be a shock to most people. Especially considering my mostly liberal beliefs. But, it's true. I consider myself a progressive Christian and at this time, a practicing one at that. I try to live my life according to Christ's teachings more than anything- by being a loving, caring person. Especially to those that are outcast and broken. And it's always a struggle and difficult, but in my opinion, it's the true way of Christianity to follow Jesus' teachings. So, I don't usually profess my faith so outwardly most of the time. I believe right now the title "Christian" comes with a lot of negativity thanks to the misguided radicals and extreme fundamentalists, so I made a decision to live my life in such a way that people would be pleasantly surprised to find out I am Christian. And so that I won't get lumped in with the Fred Phelps' of the world.

Without someone watching over me and hearing my cries/prayers and giving me encouragement, I don't know that I'd be where I am with this depression. Yes, I have the love and support of my wonderful friends and family, but there are days and times when I have thoughts and feelings that I'm too afraid to say out loud, let alone admit to myself that I'm having them. And I know in those times God is carrying me and working to heal me.

I have friends of all walks of life and all religions: atheist, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, agnostic, Methodist, Buddhist, pagan... I even had a friend once at UCSD who was part of a religion that technically wouldn't allow you to be friends with someone not a part of your religion... I forget what it was now. I consider my friendships with all these people a blessing. They enrich my life just as much as I hope I enrich theirs. And I hope that when they think of me, and knowing I'm a Christian, they realize that I embody a more "normal", real-world example of God-lovin'.

I'm not trying to convert anyone by providing these links, but if any of you are thinking "how in the hell can she be a Christian (traditionally conservative) and have liberal ideals/politics?" this should help:

www.salon.com/2012/03/28
/where_are_the_normal_chri
stians/

An article I ran across that's pretty cool.

www.thegodarticle.com/
This one's my favorite- home of the 'Be The Love Project' and headed by a practicing minister.

progressivechristianity.
org/

And apparently I'm not alone! I haven't checked out this one a whole lot yet, though.


The date on my bible was the day I was baptized.

I just want you to know if you're reading this that I don't place any conditions on our friendship. I will never judge you for who your are or what you've done. It is not my job to judge anyone anyway! That's for the Man Upstairs. And I have to answer for my own sh*t without worrying about anyone else's.

I truly love you all.
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  • PROVERBS31JULIA
    amen to "not being lumped in with the Fred Phelps of the world..."

    Sometimes I don't even want to admit I live in Kansas less than four hours drive from their enclave? cave? church, they call it...

    As it is, I have some who think I'm more Jewish but the Jewish friends think I'm more Christian.. and the pagan friends just think I'm a nice person...
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