Growing up, I had always wondered why those who have left church found it hard to come back.
I saw old friends, mustered pained smiles, said respectful hellos to some of the elders . . . but it just didn't feel the same.
My family has always been what some might describe as ‘textbook Christian’: We go to church every Sunday, and attend fellowships and retreats. We read the Bible, join Bible study groups, and hold Bible study sessions at home. We believe that a family that prays together stays together.
And yet, it has always been painful for me to see how much conflict and tension we have in our home.
Most of us know how intimidating Christians can be, even for us Christians. As easily as “authentic” and “real” roll off the tongue, it’s another thing to actually engage on that level.
Yet honest relationships are in the spirit of what God extends to us.
Hey friend, let me just start off by saying that I know how you feel. There could be a spectrum of reasons why being a Christian might feel irrelevant, or just an obligation at best.
Or maybe you’ve become too accustomed to the comforts of living in the 21st century, having every need met and every desire satisfied with just a click of a button.
In both extremes, the cry of the heart can be surprisingly similar—"Why bother with God?”
Relationships are precious and just like with your relationship with God, it requires time and effort to build strong, trusting, and healthy relationships in life. Relationships can come in many forms and can bud when you least expect—they can be beautiful, and relationships can be difficult. If you’re looking for Christian advice on how to maintain and grow healthy dating relationships, or if you’re looking to strengthen relationships with friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors, read these articles to see how the Bible offers practical wisdom to help you.
YMI (which stands for Why Am I?), is a platform for Christian young people all over the world to ask questions about life and discover their true purpose. We are a community with different talents but the same desire to make sense of God’s life-changing word in our everyday lives.