Today I have a very exciting post – a collaboration with Truuty! She blogs about lifestyle, fashion, dance and healthy living and her posts are always full of positivity and general loveliness. She is a Christian like me, so we thought we would start a ‘Truuciellen’ series, sharing our thoughts about lots of faith related things! This post will be the first one and we are both super excited for it.
Today’s post was inspired by a question from one of Truuty’s followers, who asked “What are some stereotypes/ideas about Christianity which are not true and annoy you when people think they are?” Hopefully this post will explain our thoughts on this 🙂
As a little disclaimer, we are not annoyed or angry with anyone who might believe some of these stereotypes about Christians, we just want to share our thoughts! Enjoy 🙂
Truuty: One of the main stereotypes that people think about Christians is that church is boring, strict and just for older people.
Graciellen: Yeah definitely! For example, at school when I tell people that I’m going to church on Sunday they often imagine a more traditional church and get confused when I mention our worship band, which has drums and electric guitars! We both go to a Charismatic church, which means that we are Christians who are filled with the Holy Spirit – God’s incredible presence living inside of us.
Truuty: Every summer, we both go to a Christian festival for teenagers called Newday. It’s really fun and we have talks and seminars about all sorts of different topics ranging from tough questions such as ‘Science vs God’ to true stories about how people have followed God through their lives. There are lots of good speakers including Martha Collinson from the Bake Off!
Graciellen: We go to Newday with our Church youth group (there were 40 of us this year!) and have lots of fun together playing games, going to the cafes for milkshakes and just hanging out. Spending time with my closest friends, lots of lovely new people and with Jesus is so much fun, it’s honestly the best week of my year 🙂
Truuty: Yes it’s my highlight of my year too! Another thing people think of when talking about Christianity is that Christians are all ‘goody-two-shoes’ and have to follow lots of rules for God to love us. However, we believe that God loves us no matter what.
Graciellen: We choose to live our lives in a way that honours and brings glory to God, we’re not forced to. Because we love God we don’t want to hurt Him in the same way that I wouldn’t want to hurt my family or friends.
Truuty: It isn’t because of rules that we choose not to join in with things like gossip and swearing, we want to follow God’s plan for our lives and live how He wants us to.
Graciellen: Even though we choose to live like this, we don’t want to be judgemental of people who don’t! You might have had experience of a Christian being unkind or judgemental of your lifestyle, but most Christians aren’t like that at all.
Truuty: We want to love people in the same way that God loves us, not to judge or be critical. The bible says in 1 John 4:19 – ‘We love because He first loved us.’.
Graciellen: Another Bible verse that I find really helpful is in Matthew 7:1-5 – ‘Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticise their faults – unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbour’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own.’
Thank you so much for reading our first collab! We are hoping to start a Truuciellen series, with similar posts to this one 🙂 Let us know in the comments if you enjoyed this post and if there are any questions or topics about our faith that you would like us to write about!
Lots of love,
Truuty and Graciellen xxx