posted on Dec, 29 2012 @ 10:42 AM
To me, the word Christian means "to be Christ-like". I know that the average family cannot live exactly as Christ did, traveling around teaching, and
living with the bare basics. I do think that the average family can mirror Christ's attitude and teachings with the order of their lives, as well as
how they treat and interact with other people.
I grew up with parents who called themselves "Christian". It was mostly my dad who led the family this way since my mom just followed him. My
grandfather was a pastor and who I considered a real christian. My dad somehow was totally different from him, and though he forced us all to go to
church several times a week, many things made no sense. Every single night we weren't in church, myself and my siblings were forced to sit down and
read at least 3-chapters of the bible out loud. This would be after my father loudly played his guitar and sang "christian" songs. I always hated the
singing part, and sometimes even the reading of the bible when I wanted to play instead.
Over the years, we read through the bible 3 complete times. Now to the outside viewer, it would appear my father was a good christian man. He spoke
calmly around them, was jovial and polite, and overall seemed like a great guy. At home it was a different story. He constantly yelled and berated the
entire family. Called us names and did a variety of other things which I don't feel like listing. This is not to say my father was an evil man, I
think he truly believed his way was right. As I grew older, I realized how wicked and corrupt those ways were,. My mother was also wicked with her
cursing and constant screaming. In fact I believe in many ways, the way my parents lived and raised us only serves to attract negative forces even
more than being in a regular non-christian household.
As an adult, I have wondered at times how someone such as my dad could go so many years living a kind of lie the way he has. Now he is much better
than when we were children, but somehow I still feel he is in error with many things. The way he thinks and follows blindly. "The Lord" this, "The
Lord" that. It would be long-winded to explain in more detail, but I think this gives a decent idea of what I'm talking about so far.
I wonder about others experiences in relation to this. Growing up in a "Christian" household, that really wasn't christian at all.
edit on 29-12-2012 by Jameliel because: grammar