I have a feeling this might prove to be a pretty controversial post, but hey, that’s kind of been my thing lately.
Since starting this site and opening myself to questions from viewers, one thing has struck me as especially surprising. Although I’ve never mentioned my own faith or faith in general on my channel, outside of the actions of Islamic extremists, I’ve received numerous questions surrounding my views on religion and my own religious beliefs.
To address these questions, I plan on starting a series (either here on my site or on my YouTube channel, depending on interest) where I examine what actually defines a religion, how they’re different from other ideologies, and how they impact our societies. I think it would also be interesting to contrast the ways that different religions (e.g. Christianity and Islam) are treated in the West, and what the effects of secularization have been.
I don’t intend for this series to be a proselytizing effort, nor do I intend to engage in Christian apologetics to justify biblical theology. In fact, I don’t intend for this series to touch much upon theology at all, and I'll instead focus on the societal effects of religion, which I think are more in keeping with the scope of my channel.
However, since my own personal beliefs and experiences with faith have doubtlessly affected the way I view organized religion, I felt it best to clarify my own stance on spirituality for transparency’s sake before diving deeper into the issue. So, although I’ve briefly mentioned this in streams and comments, consider this my formal “coming out.”
Yes, I am Christian.
I’ve been asked by many to make videos discussing things like my reasons for being a Christian, my conversion process, etc., but again, since I feel that’s not something that really relates to my content, this will be the only place I address this subject. The last thing I want to do is push my religion onto my subscribers. That’s simply just not why I started a YouTube channel. I feel like I have a lot more freedom and flexibility on this platform, however, so for anyone who’s curious about it, here are my responses to some of the most popular questions I get as a Christian.
I’m Baptist, but have been looking into non-denominational Christianity a lot lately.
No, I don’t think I’m perfect or that I’m better than anyone.
No, I wasn’t raised Christian. My father is Catholic, but really didn’t practice, and aside from some Bible camps and casual religion classes, I don’t consider my upbringing a Christian one.
Yes, my faith does play a big part in my life.
Yes, I think organized faith can have positive effects on society.
No, I don’t hate atheists.
No, I don’t hate gay people.
Yes, I believe in evolution.
No, my religious beliefs are not the reason for my political beliefs.
Another question I often get is “Are you religious?” and honestly, that’s one I never know how to answer. Does being religious mean believing in God? Does being religious mean going to Church? Does being religious mean conducting yourself in a certain way? It seems like the answer to these questions changes depending on who you ask. I consider my Christianity more of a lifestyle choice and personal relationship than a religion, but that’s a hard concept to explain to people who don’t have firsthand experience dealing with faith on a spiritual/philosophical level.
Anyway, I think that’s all I have to say about this for now. If you’d like to know more about my own faith, please feel free to drop your questions in the “Ask” section here on this site. I’m not trying to be secretive or evasive with my personal beliefs, I just want to make sure I don’t lose sight of why I create videos and what I want the message of my channel to be. Also, if you have any ideas or suggestions of what kind of things you’d like to see addressed in this series, then please leave them in a comment down below.
Be excellent to each other,