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I was criticized today, on a couple different occasions today.
As I'm sure some of you know, I'm a Christian. I may be bat-s**t insane and dark as f**k but that's who I am.
Some believe that my title determines who I am, and there are people in this world that judge a book by their cover.
I am not one of these people. I am an accepting person. You can ask me why I believe something and I will tell you,
without hesitation, because if I ask you, I would expect nothing less than your full hearted opinion without a sugarcoated answer. I don't do it to hinder your views, or feel that I am better than you, but that I
really wish to learn about your beliefs and understand how you feel. I hope for that same understanding when it comes
to the people around me, though I cannot always expect it.
I was walking through the Mall in Anderson today. I was dressed normally, and wearing a cross around my neck just like any other day. I was by myself. I passed up a groups of guys, about 3 in number, and caught them staring at me. I didn't have a clue why till 2 of them caught up with me from behind while the other branched of somewhere else. At first I was on my guard but they seemed generally nice when they asked how I was doing. It quickly changed when they asked about my necklace and I knew the conversation was heading towards bashing me on my beliefs.
"So what's with the necklace?" one said.
I nodded and asked why it mattered.
It was seriously one of the most stereotypically accurate conversations of religious intolerance.
"Well you do know your waisting your time right?"
"Yeah bro, the world's pretty f**ked up. If God exist's why the f**k isn't he fixing everything?"
(I will be honest, there were a few excess statement expressed, but though I don't remember them exactly they stayed along the lines of their current questioning)
I reaaaaally didn't wanna have this conversation with them, but since they were taking the time out of their lives to bash on me I figured it would be fair to reply to the best of my abilities, respectfully. I turned around and put my hands on both their shoulders.
"You notice how religion is becoming less accepted in the world? Not because it isn't practiced, by just simply not tolerated? Maybe that's why the whole world has gone to hell. Cuz no one can get along without hating on someone unless they fully agree on everything. And if your child is screwing up on a constant basis, but has the ability to fix it, do you fix it for them? Or give them simple hints or guilt them into fixing it themselves. They don't learn if you fix everything all the time."
They kinda laughed at my answer, but didn't have much of a response. They kinda just assumed I hated homosexuals and was intolerant of Atheists before walking off to the parking lot. That's a long way from the truth, but I'll only influence those who want to listen.
Either way, I simply want to state something. You can see this likely as a vent of frustration or me just preaching to the choir, but please don't assume I'm pressing my beliefs on you, for I respect anyone willing to look at this and will accept any criticism you wish to give me.
I am a Christian, but that does not mean I am a hateful person. I like to listen to other peoples beliefs to broaden my views, then share my own, not to win an argument or hold a feeling of looking down on someone, but just to understand how they feel. It has been assumed because I am a Christian (on several occasions) that I hate homosexuals. Nothing could be further than the truth. I know homosexual and bisexual men AND women who are some of the most amazing people I've ever met. They know I don't entirely approve of their sexual orientation, but like they do for me, I accept them as they are. They are still good people no matter how you look at it, and they see me the same way. It also is not true that all Christians are intolerant of any other belief than their own. It is true that some of these men do force their opinions down on people of other titles, but men of Atheism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism have done the very same. No one wants to be stereotyped from their title, for their title does not determine whether they are good or bad people.
I hope that you feel I am a good person, not because I am a Christian, but because of how I have treated you or interacted with you in the past or present. Though I was confronted today, and rather abruptly at that, I have learned from those men. One shouldn't just confront another person in hopes of steering them away from their views and values, for not only is it disrespectful it is also hurtful, no matter who you are. The world is a diverse place, and not everyone is going to agree on everything, but that doesn't mean we are justified in being disrespectful to anyone who's belief's differ from my own.
I would very much like to listen to anyone's opinion on this journal entry, and if you wish to talk in private, be sure to note me. Feel free to comment, but please, do not post anything hateful.