About a week or so ago, I went to my sisters house to hang with her and her husband. Now, I am a Christian, and pentecostal at that. I've never really given it a second thought, but in sitting with them and answering some of the questions I was asked, it occurred to me, that when people who are not Christians, or who are not familiar with church, hear about different kinds of Christianity, it can be quite confusing. Afterall, what is the difference between catholisism and Christian? And what makes a pentecostal different that a baptist, a lutheran, a presbeterian, methodist and episcopalian? These are only a few denominations of Christianity, and yet already many will be confused. What has happened to the Church as Jesus described? He never said there were churches, there was just the Church, the Bride of Christ, all one, though many parts of a single body. While i think it isn't how Jesus intended for the church to be, (separated because of doctrine) I think there is something to be said for the various denominations of Christianity. First of all, not everyone will feel comfortable with a pentecostal church. Pentecostals get loud, and they are vibrant, more like a bon fire than a candle sometimes. It can really be culture shock when you go from not believing in anything, to believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and when pentecostals break it down at worship, lets face it, an unchurched person might think, "What a bunch a FREAKS!"
I learned a long time ago, the value of building faith and knowing what it will cost a person. When I was a teenager, i gave my life to Christ, but i didn't understand what that meant until many years later, in my early 20's. Now, as much as I want someone to get saved, I feel obligated to make them aware of the cost, which is everything. God knows I have a long way to go, that I am imperfect in everyway, except in the light of his grace, but I know that as I keep giving up certain things, I am rewarded accordingly. I have a lot to learn as far as the differences in the denominations of Christianity, and as I study, and learn, I will share it with you, and I'll write about other stuff too. I just was thinking on this today, so I thought I'd write it out, and ya'll can tell me what ya think.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Ok, so after a long time of avoiding the blog, i have recinded my hiatus and decided to start blogging, if for no other reason than to share with whom ever wants to hear and my own sanity. I was actually opposed to blogging, mostly because i felt like whatever i said wouldnt be read, but then I realized, who cares? I like to write, and I have LOTS of opinions, so why not share them. If no reads them, then at least I got it off my chest with out pissing someone off. That being said, there will be more to come, but for now, I'm off to do my thing.