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As mentioned, in my previous blog post and Instagram, I took a social media break. Well, I did my best — just a couple of stories here and there when I felt like it. I assure you… Hmm
Today, I decided to come out of the “Christian closet,” also called Christian, on the low syndrom (may have made that up completly, not sure). So here it is: My name is Wendy, but you can call me DyDy and a child of God. It might sound funny, but as a believer in Christ, I found it more and more challenging to talk about God on my platforms. The reason being, I want to more than ever, but never did it before. I started with my Youtube channel (Dydyxoxo), which was mainly about makeup. I loved the fact that I found a place to pour out my creativity (read the previous post). I was still establishing my relationship with God at that time, but it never occurred to me that Christians were EVERYWHERE. Literally.
The closer I got to God, the further away it drown me from these platforms I once enjoyed contributing to. I changed but didn’t think the audience would understand. Besides, growing up in France and then moving to Canada, where I spent all my adult life, I was used to separating the “public” space and personal space.
We’re taught to keep certain things for the home, out of respect for one another’s beliefs. Which I understand, since the same way I wouldn’t want to be offended, is the same way I don’t want to hurt someone else.
Here are three major misconceptions about freedom of religion and belief I have found:
1. We shouldn’t express our faith out of respect for other views.
That’s a big one. Because this is actually how most occidental authorities establish freedom of religion and faith:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance.” (Source: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/)
So we should feel free to talk about our faith on Youtube, Instagram, blogs, etc… The truth is, if we weren’t in our rights by doing so, these platforms would delete our accounts, ban us, and more. It could go as far as a lawsuit.
That said, it isn’t the only barrier I’ve found.
2. Fear of being judged as a “crazy Christian woman.”
We’ve all heard it before: “These crazy Christians…”. They are not entirely wrong, to be fair. Ha! To this world’s standards, yeah, we are crazy to believe in a God we cannot see (though this point is disputable too. I see his hand working things out in my life in a way only him can… But that’s a separate post… Focus Wendy, focus…).
Thus, by fear of being labeled as an extreme borderline crazy Christian, we compromise and mute ourselves. Which, that part is crazy to me. When I discover a product that changed my skin condition, of course, I want to hurry and share with the world. And it is the same thing with God. He has blessed me in so many ways, just knowing him and having a personal relationship with him, by itself is the most precious thing I own.
I want to shout out to anyone broken inside, that there is hope. And I will do so one day!
3. We’re not good enough
It has to be the most challenging part. As a believer in God, I know I’ll never be perfect, and it is only by God’s grace that I’m saved. But non-believers don’t know that yet, so we start wanting to be “perfect” before talking in Jesus’ name. In fact, I think it is honorable. We want to represent him the best way. Fine. But waiting to be sin-free, and holier than thou is complete nonsense. That will never happen as long as we live in this world. Our flesh is tainted with the mark of sin. It is only by grace that God forgives us and gives us the strength to separate from our old ways. Yes, God removed me from many sinful practices. But once an evil character or habit has been removed, it now time to deal with another one. Sin is as simple as a thought; the judgment passed on someone, ego. You get the point: we are all sinners. The only difference is that some of us are forgiven through Jesus’ sacrifice.
Being a Christian woman doesn’t make me a robot. You’ll meet another Christian woman and see that we are entirely different as God intended it to be. Ha! Our gifts, personality, mission, destiny are all different. My passion is, the love of my life is God. But I sure do enjoy fashion, skincare, haircare and all that. And there is nothing wrong with that. God created such a beautiful creation, and I’m a part of it. So I take care of it. Making sure my priorities are and stay straight.