How You Can Be a Cool, Confident Christian Without the Pressure to Be Perfect!
Written by Nicole | March 29, 2012
Since I started Project Inspired I’ve gotten great feedback and 90% of it has been positive and appreciative. Sometimes though I do get emails from girls, including some moms, criticizing me for doing something “unChristianly” and for being a bad role model. This is exactly what I’m fighting against. It’s my mission and purpose in life to provide a refreshing message you girls need to hear: That you CAN be a fun, happy girl that doesn’t have to sacrifice who you are in fear of criticism of being hurt and called “not being Christian enough.” I’m trying to get you girls to break barriers of what many other people think Christians should be. Because your love for God is strong and you try to be the best you can be, you do need to have high standards for living, have discernment against things that are sinful, so YOU can show other people that God is love and truth.
Unfortunately, you may feel too much pressure from your parents or from other boys and girls your age to be “perfect” since you are a Christian. My mission is to tell you that you CAN be all of those things while still being a role model to your peers.
I’m here to tell you that you CAN wear makeup, like to dress up in pretty dresses, and listen to music that’s not always Christian. You CAN be all of those things, and fully enjoy all life has to offer while still being a good person who loves God with all your heart. It’s not healthy to shelter yourselves completely from the real world that yes at times can be harsh, but we need to listen and perceive these things in order to help other people too see the light of God. It’s a spiritual battle out there, and we need to be prepared. Unfortunately many people are completely turning away from God and rebelling what their parents are teaching them, because they think that being labeled a Christian is too much pressure to be “perfect.” We all make mistakes; I even said a cuss word in the first Anti-Cosmo video because I was so passionate about the fight against the magazine. Did I make a mistake? Absolutely. But I can assure you God has forgiven me, just as He will for you. It’s okay to mess up once in a while, He loves you just the same and He’s a God of love and forgiveness. If you give it your best shot to live for Him, He knows your heart and motives. I want to leave you with this message:
If you have to ban your child from looking at Project Inspired, which is tame and can offer you many positive messages in all facets of life, how can you shelter your girl from the real world? It’s sad because there’s a real void for young role models who live their lives for God and speak openly about it. Give your child a chance to learn for herself and to see all aspects of how living for God can be.
I would love to hear what kind of pressure your peers give you since you are a Christian, or how you wish you could do certain things without being “sinful.” I can offer you some advice because I can assure you I’ve dealt with all of the hurtful comments from other people. Go out and be a warrior for God, because you ARE perfect in His eyes. God Bless.
“For I will be merciful regarding their wrong deeds, and I will never again remember their sins.” Hebrews 8:12