are you normal?

It’s time to set the record straight.  For all who walk in relationship with Jesus Christ, you are the normal ones!  I heard a pastor state this fact years ago, and I embraced it.  We are normal because we look to and believe upon the God who created us.  We were made by Him and for Him.  Because we accept His love and acknowledge Him as Lord, we are the normal ones.  Anyone who rebels against the Father’s love is abnormal.  The same assessment would be given of a young child who would chose to live on the streets as opposed to living under the loving care and protection of his parents.  That would be abnormal.

Believers, before you accepted the grace of God, you were also abnormal.  All of us have rebelled against the love of the Father and as a result, we were dead in our transgressions and in need of forgiveness.  Remembering this fact helps us to reach out to all the other pre-believers in the world.  We are not anti-gay, anti-agnostics, anti-abortionists, anti-high-school drop-outs, anti-alchoholics, and the list goes on.  We are PRO abundant life in Christ!  We have compassion for those who are bound in their sin and hindered by their past.  We seek to develop meaningful relationships that we may have plentiful opportunities to share God’s love for them.   

We have an image to destroy, one that says we are abnormal.  Society projects this idea in an attempt to put us in a corner and silence us.  We also need to destroy the image that we are against any who do not believe like us.  Let us not be defined by the world’s perception of Christians but instead by the nature of Christ within us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control.

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