Hi! My name is Christa and I’m a recovering Baptist. Now, before a bunch of y’all get your panties in a wad, let me explain.
I grew up in the Baptist church, and I’m thankful I did. There’s nothing more wrong with the Baptist church than there is the Methodist church or Church of God or any other protestant religion for that matter. Anytime you’re involved in a church, you’re involved with people, and people are fallible. As far as I know, we’re all humans, (somem I’ve met, that’s debatable) and to quote our pastor, ” we are all jacked up”. Some more than others, but I digress.
As I’ve matured spiritually, I realize that it’s not about religion at all. It’s not about the traditions of a particular religion. It’s not about who dunks and who sprinkles. It’s not about KJV or NIV. It’s not about who drinks wine and who doesn’t. It’s not about who sings hymns and who sings contemporary music. Pews or chairs. Fancy buildings or the old Ace Hardware store. It’s all about a relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
It’s about us digging in the word and doing what it says. Its about spending time with Him and getting to know Him, and learning to listen when He speaks. It’s about us putting His commands into action, like reaching out to those who are less fortunate, or who are in prison. It’s about being part of a body of believers who are like minded, and showing grace and mercy to those who may not be there yet. It’s about allowing people to operate in their gifts, and helping others discover theirs. It’s all about doing the next right thing, and getting just one more for Jesus! If we all did that, think of the impact we would have in this crazy world.
Look, I’m just as messed up as the next person, but I’m learning. I want to be the person Christ wants me to be. I’m no longer religious, but I love The Lord! I might even start sitting in a different seat every Sunday. Nah, I’m not quite there yet. I still have some recovering to do.
No matter what religion you consider yourself, whether it be Baptist, Methodist, Church of God…whatever, just find a good church to be a part of! We can’t walk this walk alone. God doesn’t want us to. Pray about where God wants you to attend church. Don’t choose your church based on the music, or the programs or where your kids want to go. Go where God leads you! It might be somewhere you least expected. If you’re a believer, you’re required to be a part of a body of believers and to do Kingdom work. Period! * Heb 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes! 1 Peter 4:7-11 The Message