Updated: Aug 24, 2020
Not a title you read often and here is why. Christians are looked at as homophobic and racist. I will say what many have heard before, NOT EVERY CHRISTIAN IS RACIST. Are there some people who are racist that claim to be Christians. Absolutely. We have a whole Westboro Baptist Church making us look bad. Like I said, not all Christians are racist and homophobic. In fact here is a look into what this young Christian girl believes. Understand that my opinion and views do NOT reflect everyone else's. This is purely based on my experiences and my beliefs.
Christianity and Race
If you read my About page then you know that I am biracial (African American and Caucasian). Yes, I grew up in the south (NC). No, I have not experienced racism from other Christians and most churches I went to such as Four Square were very integrated. Men and women of color that I worked with were firm believers in God. There really are people who take God's word as treating everyone equally whether you are white or a person of color. It's why many get upset when they are labeled racist. When you hear that someone is a Christian in the south people will immediately think of Bible thumping Hill Billy's who are coming down from withdrawal because they haven't burned a cross on someone's lawn in some time. Yes, there are still places like that deep, and I mean DEEP, in the south. No, it is not remotely everywhere as one would believe and the majority of the religion is highly against doing something so horrible.
Christianity and the LGBTQIA+ Community
Many Christians do not believe in gay marriage. A lot of this falls within the old and new generation. It's still a working progress, but not every Christian is homophobic. In MY opinion, gay marriage is totally fine. Love who you want to love, be with whoever you want. The only time I draw a line is when said person is underage and the other is an adult. I don't condone that at all. Other than that you have the right to be with who you want to be with. If you are a man who identifies as a woman or vice versa that's fine too! You are responsible for your own happiness. My belief is that God will judge anyone and everyone how he wants to. Everyone sins and in the end he'll decide where you go. But just be yourself. Not every Christian is bothered by the LGBTQIA+ community and the world is always changing.
Christianity and other Religions
I may be Christian, but I'm not willing to overlook that there are other religions who have their own merits and even some truths to them. My own philosophy is that I will respect people of other religions IF that person can do the same. Well, what does that mean? Simple, I'll be fine with you believing whatever you want to, even if it's the spaghetti monster if you're okay that I simply believe in God. I respect all religions because a big part of many cultures is religion. What makes cultures unique in their creation is how people tend to celebrate their religion. I believe these should be studied, but I don't believe in conversion. In MY opinion, conversion tends to kill off many cultures and there's plenty of anthropology papers I've had to do on the past pertaining to this. Not to mention, there are people like myself who have had their own experiences within their religion and that's why they stay with that religion. Heck, there are some who left religion because it was overbearing or they branched out and connected to something different. There are Christians who try to convert as many as they can because they just don't want people going to hell, and that's not a bad thing. But there are people who hold their religious views strongly and I'm not mad at that. I just like being open to the idea of other religions because the whole topic is based on faith in the unknown.
Christians and Christianity
There are so many types of different Christians and I didn't even know about until I was trying to apply for college. Baptist, Pentecostal, Methodist, Deist, there are so many different types of Christianity and I don't even think I fall into any one category. My belief is this: I will never turn my back on God. I don't believe in tithing and church doesn't really do anything for me. I don't condemn church though, because there are some people who benefit from it mentally by keeping it into their lives. There are so many who are happier because they interact with their spiritual community and I think that's awesome. And maybe one day I'll go back to church myself. But I simply identify as Christian, not Baptist, not Pentecostal, or anything in between.