I’m pretty sure we spell ‘tolerance’ the same way.

I cannot speak for every Christian, but here’s what I know: I am a Christian. As a Christian I am also aware that that makes me a sinner. God sent Jesus to die for my sins. Because of Jesus I am able to still call myself a Christian and I believe that when I die I will have everlasting life. I should also mention that I believe this to be true for all Christians. Now with that said, I am unsure what the purpose of people with liberal views is to remind me that as a Christian I am not perfect. I already know that. So if I know that I am not perfect what’s the point of constantly reminding me? Next, in your finger-pointing rant with me why is it that you expect that by the end of our conversation I will suddenly understand what you’ve been saying (even though I’m intelligent already and I do understand) but you will never find yourself understanding me. I was where you were. I went against the idea of God, Jesus, and Christianity just because. I get it. But if you are asking me for tolerance why can the same not be expected of you?

I am so fed up with this idea that I have to understand your side of the story, but if I expect you to understand where I’m coming from suddenly I am pushing my views down your throat and insulting you? Give me a break. While you preach equality and love, you accuse the other side, my side, of looking down on others and not understanding what love is, but isn’t that exactly what you are doing when your pointing the finger at us? I understand that there is an idea of what a Christian is supposed to look like, act like, and be. I’m not sure who came up with that stereotype because my friends who are Christian don’t look the same or act the same. In fact, I have never encountered two Christians who could have been mistaken as one. Yes there is an idea of how we should behave and think, and I guess if you’re simple minded enough to hold us to the laws of Christianity you could maybe expect more of the same, but that’s just not the way it is. As Christians and as sinners it is unlikely that we will ever be what is expected of us, we’ve learned to accept it, now you should try.

I also want to take some time out to make known my views on same-sex marriage. As a Christian, it is assumed that I believe one way, well, I don’t. I believe there is a huge difference in marriage and Christian marriage. I entered in to a Christian marriage, so while I see liberal posts on why Christians get divorced blah, blah, blah…I would like for you to understand that when I got married I understood that I wasn’t going to get a divorce. I also understood that when I got married that I was entering into my marriage with my husband, my Church, and my God. I understood that it wasn’t going to be easy and that I would probably struggle more often than not. Now, does that mean that I don’t believe two men or two women could take the same ideals into their own marriage, no, it does not. Nor do I know what my God wants. It’s not my business. I have been taught to love and respect those around me and that’s what I intend to do. If that’s not what God wants from me then I just pray that he forgives me. I do not believe that just because a man and a women enter into a marriage means that it will last or that it is what God wants. The only thing I can say to those people who are fighting for or against same-sex marriage is that you may find yourselves on opposite sides of the argument, but your passion for you cause is just the same and that should be proof enough that you really aren’t that different from each other. And if you aren’t that different shouldn’t it be easier to be tolerant of each other? This story could go on forever. I do not know what is right nor do you know what is right, but what I do know is that our time together is limited and instead of insisting on fighting with each other why don’t we enjoy the time we have together and learn from each other. Who knows what that could accomplish?

To my fellow Christians, do not point your finger at the other side. If you truly believe that what they are doing is wrong, then pray for them. Ask Jesus to forgive them. As Christians that’s all we can do and that’s all that is expected of us. To the other side, do not point your finger at us. We, just like you, are doing the same thing. We are simply fighting for what we believe. If you want to preach tolerance, act tolerant. And as for me, I will do what I’ve been doing. I will struggle and I will pray. I will accept the fact that I am not perfect, but that God thinks I am and I will continue to preach to all my friends that the federal government really has no place in our freaking personal lives and we should downsize government! ;)

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