Saturday, January 06, 2007

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Before you were a Christian- what expectations did you have about what being a Christian would be like?

What expectations that others have had for you throughout your life have been the most challenging?

6 comments:

Keith Taylor said...

Well,

I always grew up in the UMC since a child so I always thought of mysef as a Christian. It turns out that I wasn't, I just thought I was. But I didn't know that until about 8 years ago. After I finally started to get it right, I wondered to myself, "my God, how did a stumble in the dark for so long and not even know it being that I was raised in the church?"

Do you mean expectations of what others in my life have had for me knowing that I am a christian? The biggest thing is being compared to the stereotypical Christian shown on TV. I have family members that actually think we are all supposed to sound and think like Ned Flanders on the Simpsons.

St.Phransus said...

what you mean we aren't? i might just quite practicing my ned in front of the mirror now.

rocksalive777 said...

Hi diddley ho, bloggers!

Even growing up a PK, I thought Christians were just people who lived there lives, but they got to go to heaven. I saw those who actually practiced their faith as extreme and a little off.

Oddly enough, I now try to be one of "those" people.

the reverend mommy said...

I can be a Ned-etta if I need to be.

I am a person who has been a Christian all her life, SO I can't really answer this question. I remember mileposts along the way -- the day I understood the nature of sin when I was 7 years old and prayer that prayer in earnest -- but I had prayed the prayer before that, too. Or the time I KNEW I was beloved of God when I was 13 -- or the time I KNEW I was called when I was 18 or so....

But what I expect still hasn't happened -- for the church to be a soft place for people to land, for people to not be judgmental but loving, accepting instead on laying on the harsh.

It's all about the "already but not yet."

St.Phransus said...

thanks revmom- i love the "already but not yet" idea of church community.

Angel said...

Before I became a Christian, I envied my neighbour who were Christians because they got to go to church. Was 8 yrs old then. No idea why I was fascinated with that but I just wished then that my family was Christian too so we can go to church. Few years later my wish came true....