The inaugural blog | JC LaChette
The inaugural blog.
It’s a Frasier reference. Please feel free to tell me in the comments if you get it.
In any event… Hi! I am JC LaChette, the Antithetic Christian. This is my blog – The antithetical Christian.
Welcome and thank you for stopping by! Before we begin, there are a few things I need to warn you about.
- I will probably quote Frasier a lot. I want to say, a lot, since this show is my happy place.
- I will probably also refer to the titles or the lyrics of the songs. I can not help it. I tried.
- I am not a scholar, a member of the clergy, or a theologian. I’m just a misfit Christian who sees this as a way to let other misfit Christians know that they are not alone. We can be quirky weirdos, and Jesus still loves us.
- I will most likely disagree with many common interpretations of the scriptures. I have learned – and am learning – that there are so many missing pieces or altered translations of words that much of the Bible as we know it today is no longer the same as it is. was when it was written.
A free-spirited and adventurous girl who paints with a mouse and howls at the moon.
See I told you I would quote Frasier again. It happens, I’m sorry.
OK, so I don’t paint with mice or howl at the moon. But I paint (abstract art) – and I am free-spirited. Also, if we’re being completely honest, I love the moon. Anyway, this quote is about being different, artistic, individualistic – I tick all of those boxes. I am not an average, modest, soft-spoken, submissive, and conservative Christian. I am strong, flashy and outspoken – not to say proud. Stick around and you’ll see how I navigate Christianity while surrounded by people who look more like Frasier than Katelyn – the woman Frasier used the description of “howling moon” about.
Sometimes it’s hard to stand out – to be the antithetical Christian – but I think the volume of one’s being can be the perfect megaphone for the story of Jesus and his salvation. To me, the message that the eccentric can be saved gives hope to many more people than the message that the rich doctor can be saved. I am inclined to think that there are more eccentrics among us than rich doctors.
You sing the words, but don’t know what it means.
… And there are the lyrics to the song. They are from My Chemical Romance, in case you were wondering.
They are also a pretty accurate description of people who quote the Bible but don’t really understand what it means. Really, however, do any of us know what all of this means – other than the story of “Jesus died for us”? The rest is full of parables and allegories and tips for living a good life. I will be focusing a lot on this theory throughout this blog – the idea that advice is subjective, and we have to realize this when we read the Bible.
We also need to realize that the Bible has been translated from Greek and Hebrew. These languages have many words that do not have an exact synonym in English, so other words have been substituted. Not to mention that the chosen books of the Bible that we read now are just that – chosen – by humans, sometimes to fit a narrative. So when we read and study and then quote the Bible, we need to keep all of that behind our minds. However, the spirit of the Bible is what is important; the underlying theme that “God has this”, and the most important fact (yes, I said done) of all – Jesus is our Savior. I will never dispute it.
Long story short …
Throughout this blog you will find articles about me and my faith, articles that raise more questions than answers, and articles of a more academic nature; research-based articles on various faith-based topics and theses that came to my mind. A lot of things come to mind, and I’m glad I have a place to take them out and hopefully interact with like-minded people. I also look forward to a smart conversation and debate on various things and new ideas and points of view to ponder. One thing I’m sure is that I don’t know much, but I want to know as much as possible. Learning is my passion and I intend to do a lot of it.
So, all of that being said, let’s go out together – we monsters that don’t fit the common Christian narrative. Let’s talk about Jesus who gives us hope when we feel hopeless, direction when we feel lost, and love when we feel unlovable. Let’s talk about being antithetical Christians in a world that is the antithesis of the Christian. So maybe we can help change it.
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