This is not a beat-you-up blog post…this is a seeking information blog post.
Very recently I’ve heard the term “not a practicing Catholic” used several times….I think I know what this means but not sure. I also wonder why this term seems to be used only for the catholic faith. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard not-practicing used among other Christians…..and the bigger question is: Don’t we either believe in God or we don’t believe in God? full disclosure. I’m not Catholic…and probably even fuller disclosure I’m not a practicing Christian.
What that means to me…Catholic – I don’t go to church and participate in the rituals of being Catholic. Christians – I don’t go to church and participate in “religion”. I used to be one of those Christians who soaked up what I learned in church and bible college. I soaked it up and believed that if you were a Christian you followed the teachings of the bible. Period. You didn’t pick or choose…you followed it. That was my first downfall. Example. I used to have difficulty with a new church I attended because women were allowed to be elders and deacons. The way I grew up, they were men..And women were not. So with this mentality, I soon realized that I was way too confused about the bible preaching from the pulpit yet the practice of the church and its own rules….doctrine and religion.
Add to that the preaching from the floor of congress of the United States and the practice of those same people in their private life. Talk to the hand.
Belief in God, athiesm, agnostic are all very private in our souls….but the lighter label of non practicing Christian or not religious is also held to be a death sentence….if you believe in Hell…
So whether a person is A non practicing Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, atheist, agnostic or Christian, aren’t we all just really first of all humans breathing each other’s air…..its personal, it’s private, it’s a difference of opinion just like whether we like chocolate or vanilla. To you with strong faith. Go for it. For you without faith. Go for it. To each his own!
Until next time….