I have just had a 36 hour internet nightmare, total black out thanks to the very unhelpful people at Telefonica!
Anyway, I want to answer anonymous who asked me does: enjoying a cigar make you any less of a christian? and whose daughter told her that she couldn't be a proper christian because she smoked! Sorry I am assuming gender.
Does smoking make you any less of a christian? Well I have to say NO to that one, as I smoke. I could do a little christian lying here and say I enjoy the occasional cigar, but I don't, I have about 5 or 6 a day and if I don't have one in the morning I feel grumpy and irritable!
It's not good for me and any form of addiction isn't helpful for people in general. It doesn't make me any less of a christian but it does show that I am weak. I am a weak nicotine addicted Christian that God is gracious enough to still love and still use.
That leads me to the other point "proper Christians" are weak and flawed, earthen vessels. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
What gets to me about the smoking issue is that it is difficult to hide, it's smelly and gets noticed. Of course the masturbating christian can hide, the bitter christian can hide, the envious christian can hide, the greedy christian can hide!
It's okay to be addicted to caffeine, which I probably am!
What about fat christians, you can't be fat and be a christian, you're killing yourself! Why do we never give an altar call "could all the obese chubbers please come forwarded to be delivered from their food addiction" it's seems acceptable to be fat and a Jesus follower!
Do you think Jesus could have been fat? after all he spent a lot of time eating and feasting..... he probably wasn't sugar addicted.
What about the diet addicts? the people who damage their metabolism by yo yo-ing their weight.
What about the exercise addicts who get off on endorphins?
I am not trying to justify my own addiction, just frustrated that some things are acceptable and other aren't. I hate the inconsistency of it all.
Judge not lest yee be judged, there's to much judgement in certain areas of the church.
Thats what I love about my Christian faith, is that God loves me despite my weaknesses, he is totally for me and if I gave up smoking tomorrow he would still love me as much as he does today.
Of course he doesn't want me to damage my body, I'm sure he would prefer me to follow a healthier lifestyle, but he doesn't make that a condition of His Love.
“You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.”