I came across a public post once – can’t remember what it was about – and started reading the comments (always a bad idea). One woman said she would be praying for the OP (it is important to note that this was not an inappropriate reaction, like “I’m gay” “*scrunches up nose* Ooh… I’m be praying for you…….,…,..” but rather something was legitimately wrong and the woman was simply offering what services she knew to give), and an atheist (I know because he said he was) went off on her.
“WHY do Christians always have to bring religion into everything??!??”
The person who responded (some bystander whose religion/lack of religion was unclear and remained that way) was fabulous, but that’s beside the point.
I’ve seen a lot of comments like that. A Christian will comment something regarding God on a post that doesn’t say anything about/have anything to do with God, and an atheist will get their back up about how Christians are “shoving their faith down peoples’ throats” or “bringing religion into everything.” They don’t understand.
Let me explain something to you straight out: To us – to Christians – we’re not “bringing God into something.” We don’t (or, shouldn’t, rather – there are always the crazies in every group of people) go in search of secular posts and when we find one we think, “OH! AWESOME! Now I can post the word ‘God’ with a capital ‘G’ or ‘pray’ or ‘blessed’ and everyone will know I am Christian and all these people will come to Jesus and God will be so proud of me ok let’s go!!!1!” That’s not how it happens. We don’t actively think, “I am a Christian. I should post about God here. Because I am a Christian and that’s what Christians should do so that everyone knows they’re Christians.”
Here’s what’s actually happening: In the Christian faith, you are asked to live the religion. In many branches, you’re asked not only to sit down and pray a few times a day, but to also be in constant communication with God. You aren’t asked to only take an hour and focus with the Bible in your lap, but also to commune with God in your daily activities – to build a relationship with Him. This is not a purely academic study. This is a lifestyle.
Church doesn’t end at Sunday. That is not the Christian faith.
For a Christian, it is actually (hopefully) second-nature to pray for someone in need. It’s not because we think that’s what we should do, “because we’re Christian.” It’s something we genuinely, sincerely believe will work, so that’s what we do. A doctor on his day off at the pool doesn’t perform CPR because he’s thinking, “Now everyone will know I’m a doctor and I’m super smart and it’ll be so great and I’ll get the award for being best doctor ever at this pool!!!!?!!” He’s thinking, “I believe I know what works. This is what I will do to help.”
Christianity is about fully-fledged, completely immersed, all-the-way relationship, lifestyle. We believe in something. Truly believe it is true, so that is what we use.
We aren’t “bringing God into everything;” to us, God is in everything. God is supreme, omnipotent, creator, caregiver. He is the reason for all good things and He is the Savior from all bad things. This is what Christianity really is.