God's morning readers!
This day calls for a celebration as I have my first guest blogger, Rachel, write about her personal experience on how it is to be a Christian, specifically a Catholic, in the United States. I hope this post gives you a sneak peak on the life of a Catholic in the US and I hope you could also share your personal insights or experiences on how it is to be a Catholic in your country.
God bless you!
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Being Christian in America
I was born and raised in the Midwest, in the middle of nowhere in the Midwest to be more exact. I was also born and raised Christian, Catholic to be more specific. I went to Catholic school from preschool through high school. Then I went to a public community college for two years and then a Nazarene University for one year. I am now going to a Catholic University in less than a month to study film. So that's a little bit of my background. Now, let’s go into being Christian in America.
We all know that modern society is godless, especially America. From Hollywood to politics, no one wants to mention religion or Christianity in public. There have been several people suing because a restaurant gave people a discount for praying before their meal. People wanted the cross at the 9/11 memorial taken down. Thank God that it wasn’t. Then there is Obamacare forcing Christian companies to go against their religion and pay for abortions.
What does this mean to me? Not a lot right now. I am currently in college and have been in a Christian school, besides my community college for two years, for most of my life. I have been surrounded by an environment which encouraged talking about religion.
I have, however, been met with anti-Catholicism. Both in my blog and in the Nazarene University. Not saying anything against Nazarenes, the school itself is great.
We aren’t persecuted like people overseas are. We aren’t killed for being Christian. But people have lost their jobs for believing in the Christian viewpoints on gay marriage and abortion. Namely, the two brothers on HGTV and the CEO of Firefox. This, paired with the Obamacare has isolated Christians in America. Making them feel like they are being persecuted for believing in Christianity.
This is what it is like to be Christian in America. It’s a taboo subject that you don’t usually talk about. People expect you to go to Church on Sundays but forget about what you have learned there. And God forbid you act on your Christian principles.
Rachel was born and raised in the Midwest. Currently, she is a college junior pursuing film studies. She hopes to one day produce, write, and maybe act in sitcoms and movies. Follow her twitter account at twitter.com/fashionfaith2.