Sep 21, 2010

And this is why people think Christians are hypocrites


Jesus, help them get a grip
It's no secret that I adore Carrie Underwood.  I love her catchy songs -- "The More Boys I Meet," "Cowboy Casanova," "Last Name," -- and I equally adore her more insightful songs: "Lessons Learned," "Mama's Song," "So Small," "Don't Forget to Remember Me."  Yes, Carrie Underwood is one person I wouldn't mind trading places with.  She's always classy, well poised, and has a voice to be reckoned with.

I think one thing that draws me to Mrs. Fisher is her message.  She openly discusses her faith in God and she even talks about how (now husband) Mike improved her walk with God.  This is a great message for not only the young women who look up to her, but also to the 20-somethings such as myself.

Today, I got to Googling (clearly working hard) and decided to see what Carrie was up to.  I typed in "Carrie Underwood Christian" and found a myriad of posts completely tearing her down.  No, they weren't Carrie haters, they were Carrie fans, specificially fans who (claim to be) Christians, who didn't believe she was acting holy enough.  They criticized the fact that she didn't have a page dedicated to her faith on her website, that she appeared in Self magazine with the words "sexy" and "rich", and even went as far to criticize how she dresses.  It was really quite sad that these people who are supposed to be fans and supporters were tearing down something like her personal faith.

Now, I know Carrie could probably care less.  She more than likely has no idea what is being said, because I believe she doesn't fiddle with things like that.  She's doing her own thing and doing what she believes is right.  However, I get all kinds of defensive when people antagonize people I care about... and the sad thing is that I don't even know Carrie!

I went through tons and tons of websites, and I think though my favorite has to be this one.  It seems innocent enough: Jesus is Savior, however if you read the Carrie post, you'll see it isn't so innocent. I totally didn't realize there were still people around with this type of thinking.  I might be a more liberal-viewed Christian, but I figure this day in age people weren't condemning others just for the sake of condemning them.  I applaud this person for standing up for what they believe in and for having faith in the first place, but whoa.  Calm down, soldier.  Just because someone is different than you doesn't make them evil.  If you're claiming to live a Christian life, why not offer prayer if you think Carrie is living a life of sin?  Then again, I'm taking the time to call out someone else, so I guess I'm the pot calling the kettle black.  It needs to be said though: too many believers out there are spending their time looking down on others and analyzing their every move instead of living their own life, doing all they can to spread the good word through their actions.  In other words, you should essentially put your money where your mouth is (one of my favorite sayings).

Belief is an interesting thing.  I always think of the John Mayer song when situations like this plays out:

"Is there anyone who
Ever remembers changing their mind from
The paint on a sign?
Is there anyone who really recalls
Ever breaking rank at all
For something someone yelled real loud one time
Everyone believes
In how they think it ought to be
Everyone believes
And they're not going easily
Belief is a beautiful armor
But makes for the heaviest sword
Like punching under water
You never can hit who you're trying for
Some need the exhibition
And some have to know they tried
It's the chemical weapon
For the war that's raging on inside
Everyone believes
From emptiness to everything
Everyone believes
And no one's going quietly"

Everyone should stand up for their beliefs, but they should also be respectful of others if they have the courage to say what they feel.

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