It’s hard being a loving Christian in today’s world…

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Today’s world is getting so confusing, tougher to live in and understand. Of course, I am sure we have heard similar words spoken from our parents and grandparents – and other family as well.

But what I am finding even harder… is trying to be a loving Christian living in this world… The church has begun to get a bad reputation with all of the bad media coverage showcasing radical Christians who are being judgmental, racist …and quite frankly – scary.  Then there’s the deal with sexual abuse rising from churches – making the church seem like a dangerous place to be…

On social media, there are memes and videos, displaying “Christian people” pointing out others faults publicly, hating on blacks (or other cultures and races), and telling people they are going to go to Hell for the things they are doing. Then – there are those twisting scriptures from the Bible to fit their needs and desires to scare people into believing certain ways… So many people are taking it all apart – and making it so that it fits to their life accordingly – while damning others for their actions.

The fact is – a true loving Christian – does not act with that type of behavior. In fact, a true Christian is loving, non-judgmental and is there to help his neighbor in need. We in fact  – have no say whether a person goes to Hell. We have no business judging others. As Christians – we are to be accepting of other people’s differences…. As Christians, it is important to spread and show the love that Jesus has for us…. It is not our right for us to steer the direction of someone’s soul by using fear…

I wish – the media would show churches and Christians doing positive things – such as outreaching to their communities and being loving towards others…. But for those who don’t attend church – all they see on the media is people acting righteous and holier than thou – judging people for their skin color, choice of religion, and whether they have tattoos or piercings – or wear a certain type of clothing…. Even – financial status…   No wonder people are afraid to walk into a church – they are probably afraid of being judged the moment their hand touches that door to open….

And then there’s fear….shootings happening all around … in school…..churches… It is hard to feel safe anywhere anymore… So some – sit in their home on Sundays… for fear of their own safety….

It is so hard to be a loving Christian in today’s world when the media is showing something completely different… The numbers in attendance in some churches are dwindling… Church has become a place of fear and conformity those who do not attend regularly…

What the media does not portray – is that the church is family – a family unit made up of several extended family units and caring individuals – all trying to find their own ways to tell and share of God’s love…  A church is an extended part of your own family – another group of people who care about you… who want to help guide you… to be there at your side during rough times…. A church is not their to judge you.

…. A church should be a place of sanctuary – hope…. and love…. and the people of a church family – are anchors – to help lift you up in those times of need…They are not there to tear you down…ever…

There still are true Christians in this world… It is just getting increasingly difficult to shine in a world so full of uncertainty…

Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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