Monday, March 26, 2007

Coming to a doorknob near you...

I hear there's a DVD floating around about the church I belong to. They're being hung on people's doorknobs across the US and Canada. It misconstrues some of our basic beliefs, asserts that we aren't Christian, and in general tries to "witness" to us poor little misguided Mormons and our unsuspecting neighbors.

Here's the thing: I don't particularly care if you think my husband has 13 wives, or that we have horns on our head, or that we wear funny underwear. I really don't. Mostly because it's outdated, silly, and in the case of the underwear--none of your dang business.

But I have all kinds of problems with a person telling me that I don't know who I worship.

Ever since I was a little girl, I believed in a Father In Heaven who loved me, and in His son, Jesus Christ. I was taught, in a Mormon church (gasp!), that it was through Christ and His atoning sacrifice that I would be saved. I read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and reading both of them I have come to obtain the surest testimony that He lived and died and was risen again, and that He stands at the right hand of God, as my judge and my Savior.

Every day of my life, I try to live in a way that shows my devotion to Him. There are days when I pretty much stink at it, but I keep trying anyway. I trust Him when He says He will be merciful with me. I teach my children by word and example that they should look to Christ for peace, for eternal life, and for remission of their sins. I live my religion, and it's my religion that has taught me to do all these things.

So, I feel Christian, even if there are those who would tell me I am mistaken. And the hard part is, how do you refute someone whose entire argument is, "You're not a Christian!" "Yes, I am." "NO, you're NOT." It gets to the 'I'm rubber and you're glue' stage pretty quickly.

Well, I'm just gonna keep doing my thing...and hope that the one who really knows my heart will find my meager offerings acceptable.


t.e. said...

T, I am saddened by this post. I think those distributing this probably have a heart to draw the lost to Jesus, and are convinced all Mormons fall in the lost category. I think some Mormons are not Christian, just as some who claim to be Christian aren't really Christ's followers. I am a Christian, who attends a Baptist church. I believe that you are a Christian, attending a Mormon church. I have never seen such a display of Christian love as when your family took my husband in and gave him a home when he was at the lowest point in his life. If that isn't Christian love, I don't know what is.

happy mommy said...

You have no idea what that means to me. Your family is so important to us, and helping you out--whenever or in whatever--is a blessing. You help us out more than you know.


Luisa Perkins said...

That was a lovely post. You expressed my feelings exactly! Thank you.