The Quirky Christian
Let’s face it: When you’re a Christian, the rest of society thinks you’re weird. This should not come as a surprise. The apostle Peter likens believers to “foreigners and exiles” (1 Peter 2:11). When you think of a foreigner, what comes to mind?
- people with funny accents
- people with odd fashion sense
- people who emanate a distinct odor
Christians are “an aroma that brings death” (2 Corinthians 2:16). Throughout the New Testament recurs a theme contrasting ”the world” against Spirit-led believers. There is no escaping it. To be a Christian is to be different, and often you don’t just come across as different. To the rest of the world, you’re quirky.
After 20 plus years as a Christian, I’ve lived through some crazy stuff. Sticking out like a sore thumb wasn’t always the most enjoyable experience, especially during the teen years, but since entering adulthood, I’ve become more confident living with my Christian quirkiness. The Quirky Christian is a collection of my personal thoughts and expressions as it relates to the Christian life I’ve experienced thus far.
Now, you may be asking yourself, “Am I a quirky Christian?” Click here to find out.
About the Author
My name is Jessica and I’ve been living as a quirky Christian since I was four (thanks to my older sister, who was five at the time, telling me that if I didn’t believe in Jesus, I would go to Hell!). I grew up the second eldest of seven, a position I affectionately refer to as second mother/live-in babysitter. If you ask me where I’m from, I will give you a list of places including small towns in New York, Illinois, and Iowa.
My Christian roots are somewhat diverse. I am the product of a former-Catholic-turned-Protestant father and a non-denominational Bible church-going mother. Over the years, I have regularly attended Baptist, Lutheran, Congregational, Reformed, Bible, and Christian Missionary Alliance churches (now you know where the quirky comes from).
I attended Moody Bible Institute and graduated with my Bachelor’s in T.E.S.O.L. (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). My initial ambition was to become a single missionary and teach English to the children of some Spanish-speaking country, but God had other plans. I now live in the land of 10,000 lakes where I am happily married to the love of my life, Dave, work for Mayo Clinic, and attend Christ Community Church.