Those were the words in a comment, that stood out to me, while reading through a facebook post on Why Christians Should Celebrate Halloween.
Me? I started cracking up laughing.
I guess I never really thought of us as a Weird Christian before,
but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was true!!
Now, obviously, I know we are different because we do not celebrate Halloween like most of our Christian peers. After all, there is a popular compromise; do the fun stuff, avoid the evil stuff. right? ‘cept what I see is a gray line that is constantly able to waver.
We (my family, especially us parents) are known for Living our Faith Out Loud.
We choose to walk our talk, so to speak.
This makes us Weird.
We commonly do not fit in,
even within our Christian Community,
and we are ok with that.
We judge not others, but we are responsible to respond to the Lord’s convictions for our family.
We love our fellow Christians as well as our hometown community of non-believers. We interact well with them, work alongside them, cheering on games side by side, chatting at the local grocery stores, playing at parks, and all that small town stuff. However, we are weird. I admit it.
Weird; to be strange… abnormal… unusual.
That fits us!
Funny enough what we (my family) thinks is normal, is exactly what is abnormal about us.
Swearing, as an example. We just don’t do it. I wouldn’t swear in front of Jesus, and since His presence is always with us, well, the conviction is not to do it. period. However, my older children (adults) often see even youth pastors swear in casual conversations with them. Is that bad? Well, what does the Bible say about foul language?
Drinking… ah yes, this is as tricky as the Halloween controversy, eh? Is it a sin to drink? no. Is it a sin to get drunk? yes. That seems black and white enough, right? Nope. Again, we are the rarity of people who choose not to drink alcohol, at all. Why? A couple of reasons. One is draw a clear line for our own kids; drinking is not necessary. Two, who are we to cause another to stumble, for we don’t really know who struggles with alcohol and/or addictions, right? Three, because Jesus is enough.
Media/movies… language, suggestive behavior, lewd humor, and shows that portray dad as stupid and mom as overtly sexy are all avoided. Do you happen to know of that childhood song “oh be careful little eyes what you see” , and what you say, and what you hear, and what you do? yeah, that pretty much sums up our perspective.
At church we are unusual. and oh, we so love our church family! They are some amazingly beautiful beings! However, we are still weird.
My family likes being together, not segregated into different groups. My teens would prefer to sit with us in service. My younger kiddos will go to Sunday School, but they really wouldn’t mind sitting with us to hear our lesson either.
and Home Groups aka Life Groups?!
We really kinda don’t fit in there either! Are you surprised? LOL, yeah, me either.
So what’s different there? simply just life style.
We have many kids. Honestly that makes it hard to just crash someones house that’s already full of people for the Life Group, right?
We have littles, middles, teens, and adult children… a 20 year stretch from 1st child to last. So our friends often either have young children or teen/adult children… so which Life Group should we choose?
Also, our kids like hanging with us, which is awkward to most adults. We have a life group, and maybe a great conversation about baptism going on… my kids would love to sit and listen to that rather than run wild outside, be put in front of a movie, or simply stay home. Is that strange?
So we may not be of the world, but we are most definitely in the world. We are called to care, to love, to share, to shine His Light… and we embrace those who come across our path.
There is much wisdom in Matthew 7. Starting out with “ “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.“ Yes, we are one of those weird Christians, we live our faith out loud, doing what we are called to do…
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’