Theo: I completely understand. I think that may be a large problem of mine as well. I have a hard time finding people that think and believe similar to me…I collide personality wise with many 🙂 I can get *along* with everyone. But to call them a friend is a whole ‘nother bag ‘o chips!!
Renn: Because the people that around me are really bad influences. They’ve influenced me to make some pretty bad decisions myself. I’m learning to think for myself, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want people that can think in the same “way of life” as me.
I think it’s difficult to mesh the two requirements here, christianity and friendship. Sounds silly doesn’t it though, as we should all be running around hand and hand, right. But hey, just look at all the different versions of the Bible on the bookshelf. Different strokes for different folks.
We, being humans and ever searching, are imperfect, and with our selfishness, will continue to want to make everyone like us, even our “god”.
If we truly greeted everyone as our friends, with faults and all, and loved them, now that would be great. But our ego gets in the way, and that’s where I’m stuck at also.
bc the way that leads to death is broad and the way that leads to life is narrow. dont be discouraged. if you look around and find there are only a few people following in the footsteps of the cross take heart that you are on the right path.
Most of the responses are of people having problems with people “not being like me” or “not following Christ” like me…..Does anybody else see an ego problem here? Are we looking for friends who believe in us, our theology, or Christ?
Love, love, love….
I have some good friends. But the majority of people I spend time with are influencing me in ways I don’t desire in my life. This is all I am saying. I want to spend more time with people that can help me get onto a better track in life.
A lot of the Christian friends I have are really crappy at the entire “Christian” concept and fail at it just as I do. I’m not going to disown them, but I need better influences. Does this make any sense?
I hear you my friend, one of the reasons for my family not still attending the church was the shock at some of their quirks. Members in the pews talking about going to Windsor for the Casino’s, little ones getting smacked in the mouth during service, one that killed me was during a rehearsal for a Last Supper play, which I palyed in, one of the men was talking about n!ggers…nice. I tried and tried to keep in mind that we are all fallen, that seems to help. But like your saying, in spiritual growth, you do need those like minded, and that is a really hard thing to do, cause you know, it involves people….
Right, exactly! I’m glad you understood where I was coming from. And it seems almost impossible for me to find someone that thinks in the same line as me, and also carries similar interests. It’s hard to maintain a friendship with someone (Even if you believe in the same stuff and think they’d be perfect to help you grow) if you don’t have anything in common.