I went to a church service for the first time in about two years today. And I realized it probably still wasn’t for me, but it was a church in the denomination that I was raised, and it felt familiar, so I took the ashes for the beginning of lent.

I left the church and I entered my school, and I was almost immediately judged by my colleagues and even some of the people I’m closest to. They mocked me, they mocked Christianity. I was persecuted for wearing a symbol, for identifying with two religious cultures instead of one, for going at all. One of my best friends couldn’t comfortably be in a room with me because I was presenting a religious symbol (specifically Christian) on my person.

I am upset and I feel so sad. In the same way that the Muslim religion or the wearing of hijabs and turbans is not synonymous with terrorism, or that Judaism and the wearing or a yarmulke is not synonymous with greed, Christianity and the wearing of a cross is not synonymous with genocide or discrimination.

Posted on Wednesday 5th March 2014 with 70 notes
Tagged with personal religion ash Wednesday lent christianity 
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    That should push u to continue with the faith! U should let those peoples words get to u because they don’t know...
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