Today's post is a bit of a rant I guess. Just found out that a friend will not be at Awana tonight...says that our theme for the night, kids dress up as a Bible hero, is too close to Halloween, they object to the kids dressing up so they aren't coming. (They are a leader.)
Number one: It's a complete coincidence that this night is coinciding with Halloween so close. And honestly I have no problem with the kids dressing up...we dressed up as Bible characters for our Harvest Party at church, even our Pastor and his wife! And they are dressing up as Bible heros, not like everyone is going to come as ghosts and demons and things. And who says that just because we are Christians we can't have fun and dress up? We have plenty of other "dress up" nights that they have no problem with...pj night, weird hair night, crazy sock night, beach night, aviation night, I could go on and on....why now?
Number two: This same person has no problem going on fun runs and things sponsored by local bars and things...paying entrance fees that go to the bar. But yet in the same breath condemn those who do drink the holier than thou type of attitude.
I really shouldn't be surprised. I've learned that things to some people are black and white, no "gray areas". And if it's something they don't agree with they are very almost angry and judging and condeming about it.
My fear is that this attitude is turning others away from Him....thinking if that's how a Christian acts, talks, thinks, etc that they don't want anything to do with Him. Don't get me wrong I am very strong in my convitions and beliefs, but I do realize that there are some "gray areas" like the Bible says nothing about not drinking alcohol at all but it does speak against drinking to get drunk....and I do have my belief/stand on the issue, but I don't look down upon or judge someone who does not hold the same conviction. I still love them and still maintain a friendship with them. I want my life and the way I live it to speak louder and stronger than my words. I want people to see that I am a Christian and that I love the Lord more than just hear the blah blah blah of my words.
I don't know, I'm just sort of sad and disappointed....