So "Anonymous," here is my open response to you.
First, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to read my blog. The past week , I've been posting a lot of the more daily things, recipes and bridal showers, things of that sort. Yesterday, I even posted a short story I wrote as part of a challenge link-up. As such, I have to imagine you've read a little further back for you to find those posts that classify me as a "Jesus Freak". I'm glad you at least enjoyed the blog for a little while.
My first reaction to your label was to laugh, then I was hurt for a second, and then I realized that perhaps we don’t have the same definition of a “Jesus Freak.” For you, it seems to have a negative connotation. As if valuing being a Christian and standing for those beliefs is something I should hide or be ashamed of. I don’t see it that way at all.
The term “Jesus Freak” first came around in the ‘60’s when people started merging rock and roll with gospel music. When an entire hippie culture used music and poetry and all forms of open expression to worship God. The movement used art to express worship. It was passionate. And that wave of passion in worship expression is still rolling today.
If being passionate about my faith makes me a “Jesus Freak,” I suppose I am guilty as charged. I am open about what I believe and I am vulnerable in that, and while that may open me up to comments like yours, I think it makes for a much more genuine experience for others wanting to get to know me.
I am not a Bible Thumper. I do not press my beliefs onto others. I have friends who are Atheist, Agnostic, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu, and I think they can attest to the fact that although I talk about my faith, I am not out trying to push my beliefs onto you.
I go out, I have fun, I am not holed up reciting verses all day. I lead a normal life. I just live that life with the traditions, morals, and values that the Bible presents. Whether or not we agree on where we come from, or where we’re going, I think we can agree that kindness, respect and humility are pretty key ingredients while we’re here.
You mention that there are a thousand bloggers out there just like me. I hope you’re right. I hope that there are thousands of young women who are strong in their faith, whatever faith that may be, and are vulnerable enough to show it. My intention with this blog is to inspire others. Whether that be inspiration for dinner, inspiration for a party, or inspiration through the scripture (which is where I find a lot of my motivation), I want my readers to leave having gained something. I hope there are millions of other people who want to do the same thing
I suppose my biggest confusion in your comment is that you chose to remain anonymous. Such a bold statement, I would think, would warrant a backer. I have made myself vulnerable through this medium, and I am surprised that while dismissing me, you chose not to reveal your identity. I respect openness and vulnerability. It's hard to respect anonymity in a comment like that.
In the end, I want to leave you with one of the songs I grew up with. Maybe you'll enjoy it.
Thank you for your feedback.
Stephanie, “Jesus Freak”