​I am a Christian.

When people notice, hear, or realize this, whether they are or are not Christians, they make other assumptions about who I am.

Do not let this statement confuse you on other things about me or my opinions.  

Do not assume that I am the same as other Christians you've met.
Do not assume that other Christians that you meet or those you've previously met are like me.
Do not assume that I believe in the same things that you do.

Do not assume that I am a republican or that I'm conservative in politics.
Do not assume that I am against swearing, a particular type of music/movie/show, feminism, gay rights, pro-choice, etc.
Do not assume that I think I'm any better than anyone else.

If you are curious about my actual thoughts on these and/or other topics, then ask me and we could perhaps have a healthy discussion, but I'm not interested in unhealthy conflict or debates.

Do not assume that because I disagree with you on a topic or that I act in a different way than you think I should, that that in any way would affect my Christianity and/or salvation. 

The list goes on and on, but here is what you can assume (and now know):

I am a child of Christ. I know Jesus died for me and has forgiven me of my sins. He loves me as I am. I know that I am broken and in need of my Savior. He provides love and peace. It is important that I decide to receive this from Him and I try to show His love to others through me. 

Again, I am broken. I am flawed. So this does not always show through in the way I want it to.

But this is really all you should be assuming, because I shared, and you know: I am a Christian. 

If you don't know what that is or means to me, if you don't know my thoughts on a topic and you are curious, it's okay to ask. I'd prefer that you ask, rather than assume. 
We make all sorts of assumptions because we don't have the courage to ask questions. - Don Miguel Ruiz

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