Yes, I’m a Christian. No, I don’t think I’m better than you

I have many friends who are unbelievers and I don’t mind. I want to have dinner with people who don’t share my faith or religion and just have conversations. Does that sound off-putting to you as a Christian? Well, let me refer you back to a little reading assignment on the life of Jesus called the New Testament. It’s Easter Sunday and as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I think we should also reflect on the life that he lived, the example he set and the work he sent us out to do.

In my adult life, I’ve come across people of different faiths and faith levels. In Europe especially, I am surrounded by atheists. There are so many people who not only don’t believe in God,  but look at you weird when you say you do. It’s so rare to find actual practicing Christians, hence most people assume I’m a Christian because of cultural obligations. I find myself trying to convince them that; no I actually do believe in Jesus, I love Jesus. Nobody’s making me do it, nobody brainwashed me, I really really believe. Pinky swear! And then comes the weird look. Luckily I have such a conviction in my belief and in my faith that I don’t mind being the weird Jesus girl. In fact, I embrace it.

Now the idea of Christianity has been tainted no doubt by those who use it to perpetuate selfish motives and so I understand the skepticism and sometimes disdain directed towards Christians. Whenever these conversations come up, I try to correct the notion that religion and denominations have put forth. I tell them; questions are always welcome, judgment is always absent, love is the end goal. In the same vein, I’m not here to talk about religion. I’m here to talk about Jesus and how I try to live my life like he lived his.

Mark 12:30-31
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second like it is this: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.

I live my life following this command and letting love and peace be my referee. Why should I be ashamed about that?
Many non-Christians call bullshit because of the image Christians have produced to the world. I mean I’ve been there myself too. A lot of Christians voted for Trump and I’m just like……really though really?! There are many contradictions between what we say and how we act and the world is watching. So how about we cut the man made self-serving religious motives and focus on what really matters: Love, Grace, and Jesus. In our everyday lives how impactful are we to those around us? How often do we practice love and sacrifice?

If you’re not a Christian and you read this please know that I love you, I don’t judge you, and I don’t think I’m better than you by any stretch. Let’s grab coffee and talk about GOT or TWD.

If you’re a Christian this is a reminder to live a life of genuity and sacrifice, show love to those around you, refrain from passing judgment, get off that horse, take off your Pharisee robes and let us actually BE LIKE JESUS! That should be the main desire of our hearts. #WWJD

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Jiji Ugboma

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Jiji is a writer, entrepreneur, and digital marketing specialist based in New York. She writes about personal development, self-actualization, mental health, and creativity as they relate to the quarter-life crisis experiences of millennials and gen-z. She has a deep love for quirky podcasts, coffee, and chocolate desserts.

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