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For the Love of Chicken and Coffee!

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Just a forewarning, we’re going to the deep end of the pool for this one. I’m confused. I deleted this post a few times. I decided to post it because I couldn’t stop wondering what would happen if I didn’t. I couldn’t shake this overwhelming feeling that someone that reads it will be affected by something I write, so here it goes. I was afraid to step on anyone’s toes. It’s hard not to these days. Everyone is so sensitive, judgemental and easily offended. I don’t remember us being like this when I was a kid. I don’t know… maybe I was just too young to notice it. It seems like literally everything is a political issue and a lot of the time political issues turn into debates on “religion”. It’s exhausting, really.

When I was a kid, I went to places like Chick-fil-a because their nuggets were the freaking BOMB. I honestly could not have cared less what the founders beliefs were… (I still don’t really care and their nuggets are still one of the greatest things on the planet.) I’m not saying that I’m not proud that they stand firm in their beliefs. I think too many companies in today’s society are too afraid of the repercussions for supporting something that is becoming so rapidly unpopular. Thousands of years ago, Jesus told us that it would not be easy to be a Christian. He said we would have to face unwavering opposition. Clearly, he knew what he was talking about. I’m bringing that up so that I can make a point. We all remember the big hubbub that happened a few years back involving Chick-fil-a. There was a huge “boycott” because of a statement that was made. People jumped on that bandwagon without even knowing what had happened because “everyone else was doing it.” I would have people say to me, “I can’t believe you’re eating that hate chicken.” I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. “I don’t hate anyone, I just love chicken…” There are people that are going to be offended on both sides no matter what this issue at hand is. There was a big part of the liberal community that “boycotted” the fast food chain. As a Christian, I didn’t understand. I couldn’t comprehend why people would be surprised at the values of a Christian company. In my own humble opinion, I thought that companies should just keep their political and religious views to themselves in order to protect their business.

Moving on to my point, I also don’t care what my coffee cup looks like. In more recent news, Starbucks unveiled this year’s new “holiday” cups (or lack thereof). Again, I was baffled at the stink that was being raised. “How dare a company that has never denied being a, for lack of a better word, “godless” company, remove all signs of CHRISTmas from its stores.” Ummm. Guys. They never pretended to be a Christian company. I’m not surprised. I’m not sure why so many of you are. So, now it’s the “Christians” that are “boycotting” Starbucks because they removed snowflakes or something from their cups…? I don’t get it. In my mind, it’s a business. Both of these places are businesses. I don’t believe either of them to be in the wrong.

However, as a Christian, I do understand what some are saying. I do feel a bit inclined to defend my faith. I’m tired of being called ignorant and stupid. Who the heck are you to judge me because you hear that I’m a Christian when you don’t even know me?! When I was a kid, mentioning Christianity was just a little taboo. In today’s society, talking about Christianity is rapidly becoming the equivalent of being a leper. People shut down. They look at you different. They treat you different. It’s because what a large chunk of society has come to know “Christians” as is hate filled, judgemental, bigots. That breaks my heart, because we’ve done it to ourselves! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. God wants us to love each other. He wants us to uplift, not tear down. He wants us to guide those that are lost, not condemn them for being “different”. Somewhere along the line, “Christians” have taken on a role of being above others. Just because you’re a Christian does not make you better than anyone else. You’re still a sinner. It is a level playing field. God certainly did not give you permission to take His job from Him. You’re supposed to lead people to Him, not chase them away. Where do you get off? Likewise, those of you who do not claim to be Christians also have no room to judge. You scream intolerance in the face of Christians yet you’re being just as intolerant towards them. What makes it okay for you to say awful things to them, but when they attempt to defend themselves you jump down their throats. I’m tired of walking on eggshells. I’m tired of the overly sensitive. Where’s our back bone? All this whining and bickering is making us look weak. Do we even lift, America?

In a perfect world, we would all suddenly remember how to be adults about these things. We would knock off the hate speech and quit hurling accusations at each other. This country was meant to be a place where we could speak freely without the fear of being oppressed. We are supposed to have the freedom to practice religion, or choose not too, without fearing for our safety. We should be able to run profitable businesses not because of our political or religious views, but because of the value and quality of the product we are offering. I hope we can pull it together for this generation’s sake, and all the generations to follow.

I’m going to share one last opinion with you (which is really the main point of this post). I’ve also said this before, but it’s been weighing on me again. God is GOOD. God is not hate. God is a just and righteous God. He is the one and only judge, and as Christians we acknowledge this, yes? Right. I will be the first to admit that I say and have said some pretty awful things. I’m not proud of it but I am a sinner. Next time you feel yourself getting angry or upset, bite your lip. Don’t spew hate. Don’t judge. That’s no way to advertise Christianity. Love. Love everyone, no matter who they are, what they’ve done or what they believe. THAT is what Christ would do. If we could all manage that, how much differently would Christianity be seen by unbelievers. It would probably draw them in instead of pushing them away, don’t you think? Because Christ is the biblical definition of GOOD, I believe bad things happen the more God is forced out. He’s slowly being pushed out of this country and this world and things are heading downhill fast. Maybe it’s a coincidence… but maybe it’s not. Can you afford to be wrong?  Love each other and be kind.

I wanted to share what I’ve been thinking with you because I want you to know how awesome it is to have a relationship with a loving God. I want you to know that He loves you already. It breaks His heart when He sees his children hurting each other. There are people out there that claim to be Christians that don’t truly know what being a Christian is all about. I don’t want you to be mislead. I want you to understand that Christianity is not about hate, judgement, or negativity. It is actually the complete opposite of those things. You always have someone to trust, lean on, talk to, love you and help you. You will never be alone. All you need to do is talk to Him. He will hear you. I know some of you are laughing at me. You think that I’m a crazy, brainwashed chick that has totally lost her marbles. Trust me, I used to think that of other Christians, too. Then one day, everything just clicked. I reached out. I got curious and was serious about God for the first time. It changed my life and it can change yours too. If you feel even a little bit drawn to learning more, I have news for you. That’s God. He’s pulling you towards Him. He wants you to know Him. See, our job as Christians is to tell others the good news. Once we’ve told you, it’s your choice to make. God doesn’t waste anything. There may have been a reason that you felt compelled to keep reading. Don’t blow it off. If you have any questions at all, please, PLEASE feel free to message me. My email is chinupsandcupcakes@gmail.com I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time…

love

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I'm a 26 year old NASM certified personal trainer with a corrective exercise specialization! My love for fitness and nutrition blossomed several years ago. It has changed my life. Now it's my mission to help and encourage all of you through my blog as well! Feel free to contact me!

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