I don't participate in Christmas or Thanksgiving for matters of conscience. What about Valentine's Day? I don't have a boy friend, so nothing to decide. But I have refused candy and cookies since I continue to abstain from the great American eating machine, the culture of excess and super-size.
Don't super-size me.
In fact, I'm going in a half marathon on Saturday. I'm coming in at a slim 132 lb for a 5'8" female frame. Personally, I think I would be normal weight were this 40 years ago.
It is a 3 day weekend for me. This weekend is my Friday off. I'm going to do what I do every weekend: study spiritual texts, sit in silence, run. I somehow have become once again interested in what Jesus said and did. I continue to seek reconciliation with Jesus apart from religion. And so, I have found a new author who looks at Jesus outside the traditional methods.
If I did in fact make a vow 15 years ago to shamelessly follow Jesus and live a life of prayer; then I am continuing to fulfill the vow. Shamelessly following Jesus is radical; not your normal church going Christianity, which is anything but shamelessly-following-Jesus. To be in a church is to follow the agenda of men. This I cannot do.
No, I am not a Christian.
Yes, I am against Christianity.
This leaves me as a shameful sight to Christians; anathema. But I shamelessly step up to the plate and say: Jesus was worthy of following but he was not what you say. Love is worth it. I suppose I love Him; and so I do what I do.