Easter Post: Misconceptions of the "Rules" to Christianity
Updated: May 26
The idea that you have to be perfect to be a Christian is beyond wrong.
I became most active in my faith when I was at the lowest point in my life, and I promise you that I was extremely far from perfect at that point. I still don’t come close. Actually, I bet some of you didn’t even know that I was a Christian - and that’s how imperfect I am.
But, spoiler alert: God still loves me anyway, and he will love you anyway.
Here’s the thing about Him: he will love you when you’re broken, when you’ve sinned, when you get mad at him, when you ignore him, when you do stupid things.. He will love you wherever you are at, through whatever you have done. He will even love you when you don’t love yourself. I’m the number one witness of that.
But I still hear so many people say that “there’s too many rules to be a Christian”. Let me get more specific and tell you this:
God will love you if you party.
God will love you if you have an addiction.
God will love you if you cuss.
God will love you if you’re acting like a brat. (I relate all too well to this one.)
God will love you if you’ve stolen. God will love you if you’ve hurt someone.
God will love you if you have spoken poorly about him in the past.
God will love you if your friends are sinners.
God will love you if you were a teen mom.
God will love you if you have a mental disorder.
God will love you no matter who you love.
God will love you if you made terrible decisions in the past.
God will love you even if you freaking robbed banks for a living.
I’m running out of examples, but I’m sure you’re starting to get the point by now. Sin is sin, but He will always love you. He just wants a relationship with you.
But let’s get one thing straight: I’m not saying that you should go out and do all of these things, I actually recommend the opposite. Christianity is about trying to be your best self to be a good example of the God you live for. I’m just trying to say that it’s okay to mess up every once in a while.
I think about God like I think about my parents. My parents usually know what’s best for me, even when I don’t, and they want to carve out the best future for me. When I mess up and get off that track, they might get upset and disappointed, but they don’t love me any less. When I forget to check in for a few days, they don’t stop caring about me, they’re just waiting until I decide to call. He’s doing the same thing for you.
I felt like I needed to do this post because there are so many Christians that create an inaccurate and unrealistic view of how people have to act to hold the title of being a Christian.
I don’t love them any less for it - it’s what they believe to be true, and they share it because (in their perception) it’s bettering or helping others. But from my point of view, I put off becoming a Christian for so long because I was afraid that I would fail at it - but the thing is, you can’t fail.. and that’s what I wanted to share with you guys.
To be truthful, I am scared to post this. I don’t know what kind of response this will get, but if I’m able to help one person find their way to God through this, it’ll be worth it. Just to remind everyone: this is my opinion on Christianity, and I will be respectful of anyone else’s as well, but I ask for that respect in return.
Alright, that’s it. I hope you guys have an amazing Easter and spend it with the ones you love the most, even if it’s over a Zoom call. See you Wednesday. :)