Yes, I'm Christian

My official "coming out."

Hey everyone,

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,

RM

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Lakerolex
Lakerolex

hey roaming i am a new sub as well as a christian. I totally understand your view on Christianity as that is my take on it as well. it is me of a lifestyle than a religion to me and I am learning that God is more than our creator. I love your content don't stop pushing out the truth.

Jeudyjoshua
Jeudyjoshua

Yeah

Jeudyjoshua
Jeudyjoshua

God gets another one glad you’re in the kingdom sister roaming

God isn't real
God isn't real

Damn, I thought you were smarter than that... :/

BennyLindo
BennyLindo

What do you mean by evolution?

Hyperidies
Hyperidies

I am too and I find that society is not terribly accepting of it. My ancestors came to this country for religious freedom, but it seems many want freedom from religion.

Fish weaver
Fish weaver

I am delighted that you are a Christian but I’d be interested to know - if you felt that you had to leave behind conservatism/libertarianism to be true to your faith - would you?

David102789
David102789

Had a sneaking suspicion that you were Christian. I am as well. Curious though as to how can a Christian not believe that God created the earth. He does say in His book that He is the Creator. I don't know all the ins and outs of religion, but Christianity seems to be all about Christ; and if He's a liar...

JeanRivale
JeanRivale

Raised Catholic, I attending Baptist and Anabaptist Church before ending in the Lutheran Church (LCMS or LCC in Canada). Disappointed by the gradual infiltration of the Social Gospel, I struggled to find a place. There seems to have been a gradual radicalization of christians (see David Platt, Francis Chan...). The Lutheran Church simply seemed to have the best theology (listen to Brian Wolfmueller on youtube, explore the Law and Gospel, and Luther on Vocation by Wingren.) I hope that the Holy Spirit will guide your choice.

elattoo
elattoo

I absolutely love what you are doing...heard you on Crowder. Be blessed!

Duey
Duey

I am a Mennonite primarily raised in the Baptist church, I've recently joined the Presbyterian church for convenience (it's my closest church) but for a very long time I have been considering converting to Eastern Orthodoxy. So I get that "wandering anabaptist" experience.

Michele_Spaliviero
Michele_Spaliviero

wow, after this, what's not to love?

Skidd333
Skidd333

As a born again Christian, it is always wonderful to learn of other believers. Lifts my spirits every time. Roaming, you're my sister in Christ and I'm glad. God Bless.

Aiden
Aiden

Editor

nice

Warm_Sunrise
Warm_Sunrise

Good to hear that you are a follower of Christ. This probably explains your mild mannered approach to your channel. I love your work. Cheers.

mihail
mihail

You are the only Christian i can listen to.
My entire bloodline is Orthodox Christian, most of my friends are also Christian, but the ones i mostly hang out with are agnostics or atheists, because most Christians cannot accept that they are wrong about anything, and my mother thinks that science is incorrect and she doesn't believe in evolution.

Cloud9999Strife
Cloud9999Strife

Good to hear that you're a Christian. I would like to challenge you though; make sure you are actually a Christian. What do I mean by that? Well, I was certain that I was a Christian. So certain that I thought that I would have died rather than deny Christ. I then came across material that challenged my faith, which then caused me to study Christianity, which made me realize that I was never actually converted. I had only "asked Jesus into my heart" as a child but in terms of John chapter 3 where Jesus tells Nicodemus "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God", well, this had never happened to me and I never understood it.

Marvelous
Marvelous

Hey Roaming, I'm a teenage Christian and I hate saying that, like I love Jesus but I think religion and legalism in religion is dumb. Anyway, I have seen a rise in young Christians that were behind Bernie and the rise of atheists in the conservative/skeptic realm. I think this is really interesting, why do you think this happens?

Segev
Segev

I hadn't really thought about it, but just from how you carry yourself, the values you demonstrate and speak up for, and the happy and kind nature you show, I was not at all surprised when you said "I'm Christian" in the title of this article. The only surprising thing was the expression of it as "coming out;" I find that I had simply assumed you'd said you were before, and realized only as I read this that it must be because your faith shows in your actions. Which is always commendable. If you're looking into other denominations of Christianity, I would be delighted to discuss my own faith with you. I'm LDS, and I have a...fairly intellectual faith. That is, I believe in it because it is intellectually and logically self-consistent, and it successfully answers all of what I typically hear termed "big questions about life and its purpose." It'd be awesome to have the privilege of discussing this with you further, if you're interested. I'm not the most knowledgeable scriptorian or religious scholar, but I do enjoy how things fit together and discovering new pieces of God's Plan as they fit into the grand whole. So...let me know! And good luck regardless. Thanks for your videos; they're entertaining and informative!

Nick
Nick

I love the honesty, even though I disagree with you on most things, I respect your opinions and your morals

theeugeneshin
theeugeneshin

This is refreshing Roam! I'm also in the same faith boat as you. Baptist roots but been hanging with the non-denominational crowd.

As far as whether or not you should post your story of your faith journey. I think you should. It's probably going to clarify how you filter your worldview and how you process culture, media, art, relationships, people, faith, life, and the expression of that thought process into the len of the Judeo-Christan worldview. You'll lose a lot of people but you'll also gain respect from both critics and from supporters, whether or not they're of faith but a faith journey video can actually be quite refreshing to listen to. I encourage you to do one!!!!

And like me, I'm not religious... just faithful to my faith... and thus faithful to the tenants therein.

Jonuca
Jonuca

PacMan Dont forget jaclyn gleen OMG i cant stand her, she's more of a troll-bully.

ltmariod
ltmariod

So I know that this comment is really late, and that you probably won't see this, but this is really encouraging for not just me, but people my age. The common narrative that we see in Movies, TV shows, and even the news is either, "Christianity is for the stupid," or "Christianity is for the elderly." Heck sometimes we get portrayed as both. As a young person who also is a Christian, finding examples of other young, intelligent, successful people can feel like a challenge, so seeing somebody like yourself proclaim their faith is always an encouragement. Thank you Roaming!

KcNekro
KcNekro

Hey Roamy, How would you describe the difference between what faith, religion and spirituality is for you? I was raised catholic, however, I never adopted the Religious beliefs, I don't have what I assume you'd call "faith" in an all mighty creator. BUT (I'm not sure if this is stupid) I have had spiritual experiences, but not specific to christianity, or any other religion (especially Islam). I don't know how to explain it. I wish I could just talk to you in person to explain it. anyways, I'm interested to hear what you think. If this question peaks your interest. Also ... "Be excellent to each other" is this a Bill and Ted reference??? BODACIOUS!

DJ-in-a-book
DJ-in-a-book

Good for you. Fellow person of faith myself, with a life mostly in acidemic world. Now a researcher with a background in ethics and socail policy. Your compitance and rigger in your videos is comendable. You have my respect. If you ever need my specialization as we say in the south "just shout". Peace and grace be with you.

contributor77
contributor77

I've found the whole movie I was talking about on youtube with english subs so anyone interested can watch it.

Fast foward to ~1h5m38s for the clip I posted, which is the equivalent of Jesus expelling merchants from the temple.

QBeamus
QBeamus

At the risk of starting a sectarian conflict, I'd like to know how you came to be a Baptist, specifically. I ask because I started as an agnostic, and after having an experience that left me with no doubt about the existance of God, then spent years trying to figure out which denomination to belong to.

contributor77
contributor77

@RoamingMillennial

Have you ever heard about the movie Jésus de Montréal (1989)? I think it might interest you.

(wikipedia)
The film tells the story of a group of actors in Montreal who perform a Passion play in a Quebec church, combining religious belief with unconventional theories on a historical Jesus. As the church turns against the main actor and author of the play, his life increasingly mirrors the story of Jesus, and the film adapts numerous stories from the New Testament.

The film came out to critical acclaim and won numerous awards, including the Genie Award for Best Picture and the Jury Prize at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. The film was also nominated for the 1989 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Critics in the Toronto International Film Festival have regarded the film to be one of the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time.

Here's a clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9w7CcCXP6c

Tony_Aravena
Tony_Aravena

Is funny how I do disagree with you on this point, personally and heavily critical of any organised religion this days. For me, religion is the root of all evils, so I would never call myself religious in any way. Do I believe God or a godlike exist? I don't know and I don't care... maybe there is, maybe there isn't, who am I to know? I suppose that is even more appealing to me to find out that you can be religious and also very critical in our society in a rational way. See you in your next post.

DavidWatts
DavidWatts

Good on you, Roaming. I think most Christians are, like you, non-evangelical -- but, you'd never know it. Because they are so chill. Of course, committing to anything in the public eye is risky in the Current Year, so -- well-done.

Tzi
Tzi

I adhere to a default Pagan set of values and religious orientation. In that I largely just read the Bhagavad Gita, the Mahabharata, and various non-Abrahamic religious texts. I'd be really interested though in a comparative religious video series though it might ruffle a LOT of feathers. XD

Fddlfnd
Fddlfnd

While the points you make in your videos are well-reasoned and clearly not derived from religious preferences, I've seen and heard you refer to "values" many times in reference to what makes western culture good, what you value in other people and what you would want to instill in your children. I'm curious to know, to what extent are these values Christian values? What does a strong set of values look like to you?
Also, have you been baptized? Would you want your own children to be baptized (or possibly to decide for themselves when they are older)?
If any of these questions are too personal, obviously feel free to rebuff them.

Papa_Nooch
Papa_Nooch

How much of the bible do you consider figurative? like Moses parting the red sea and the flood

Michael Kelley
Michael Kelley

Thank you for such a concise, reasonable post. As a Master of Divinity graduate from a Baptist seminary, I am constantly wondering whether people I come across are believers in the Lord or not. It blesses my heart so much to know that you are a sister in Christ (even if we do disagree on the evolutionary issue). :-) Contrary to popular opinion, Christianity brings true freedom of the mind, the Bible from beginning to end urging people to think. You should listen to this excellent message by Dr. David Martyn Lloyd-Jones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AQQwLLglPo

RightWingPilot
RightWingPilot

Thanks for this post, Roaming. First, being smart and believing in God are not mutually exclusive; you can look at all the theist scientists throughout history. Even recently, a Pew Survey of scientists listed 33 percent of scientists believe in God, another 18 percent believe in some sort of higher power, and only 41 percent would call themselves atheist. Second, Christianity is based on your relationship to Jesus Christ. Many devout Christians have evolutionary beliefs. (See Human Genome Project Leader/ Director of NIH Francis Collins and www.biologos.org ) Third, if you are a smart and scientific person, you should be able to handle intellectual debate on religion, the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ, without resorting to epithets. For university-level information on Christianity and Secular worldview see www.reasonablefaith.org or www.rzim.org and others.

PoppyRider
PoppyRider

Miss Millenium.
I have two questions. !. Do you pray? 2. How much effect do you think your 'faith' has on your view of peoples choices? I ask because you seem quite smart, even though I disagree with you on most things. I have had many convocations with religious people. I enjoy inviting the Johos in, I have spent a while in Catholic Ireland and so on and so on. I want to know why do you believe In a sky fairy? The words inked down, in pages'. so many years ago, written by man, to control the masses' are no rule books that I will follow. I knew this from a young age. I ask, Is Bog, and by extension 'His rules', where you find the moral high ground?

Joshualini
Joshualini

btw, all these rude people in the comments calling you names are just being bitter and spiteful. I wouldn't take them personally.

Joshualini
Joshualini

and on that note I'd also love to hear your thoughts as to whether or not and why genesis is/isn't history. or what parts you believe are/aren't true. I personally believe it all happened the way it was written, but I absolutely love hearing others views on the matter.

Joshualini
Joshualini

when you say evolution, do you mean adaptive species-stationary evolution or Darwinian species-changing evolution? I'd love to hear your thoughts! I've recently watched a new documentary called "is genesis history" which touches on the subject.

Awnurmarc
Awnurmarc

Looking forward to more of this. Though, to my jaded paedobaptist sensibilities, baptist -> nondenominational, is standing in place. :)

TheOneTrueMorty117
TheOneTrueMorty117

@Asaf; a religion is a system of beliefs of which a person or group of people adhere to. Correct evolution is just a theory, but the implications of that theory are as follow: " i) If humans evolves from apes.... which race of humans is the most evolved?; Darwin himself considers specific races inferior to others. He considers women inferior to men, and homosexuals as an evolutionary dead end. It's funny how much the public and private school systems in Eurocentric countries shield children and academics alike from Darwin's extended theory. ii) Evolution is often referred to as a group term, whereas there are different types of evolution (namely Macro and micro evolution). Where there is plenty of evidence for Microevolution (intraspecies change due to environmental pressure), there are several ZERO solid evidence for Macroevolution ( that we evolved from an ameoba or a primordial soup which came from rain eroding rocks over millions of years). There is no proof for that.

Asaf
Asaf

@TheOneTrueMorty117 Evolution is a theory, attempting to explain how the world operates, not an ideology that dictates how people should behave.
(So the term "believe" doesn't exactly fit evolution, but this is the term that stuck to the evolution/religion debate)

Also - people are rarely "all the way in or they are out". demanding it will leave you with very few truly devoted religious

TheOneTrueMorty117
TheOneTrueMorty117

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TheOneTrueMorty117
TheOneTrueMorty117

" Do I believe in evolution....Yes"... LMAO a Christian believing evolution is like a self-proclaimed skeptic believing in astrology... Darwinsim is inherently a racist, sexist homophobic ideology , as well as being logically inconsistent. There are no examples of beneficial mutations anywhere in the scientific community, and there is no empirical data for Macroevolution within the scientific community. Your cognitive dissonance on the issue surprises me.

Evolution is the complete antithesis of Christianity, and is the foothold with which Atheism has utilized to eradicate Christianity from North American societal fabric. Evolutionary theory justifies moral relativism. Shame on you Roaming.

Either you are all the way in, or you are not.

Jonuca
Jonuca

I honestly thought you were an atheist because the majority of people with that mindset(freethinkers,philosophical etc.) are usually agnostic,athsm etc feels odd that nowdays a person has to "come out" as a christian i guess jesus already predicted that. the evolution is gonna be a very intersting topic i guess that should be your next one.

DoctorManhattan
DoctorManhattan

OH MY GOSH IVE BEEN WONDERING THIS FOR AWHILE BUT DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO ASK.

(there was a lot of stuff here but I'm just going to dump it into the ask section because I just found it and I'm still learning where everything is lol)

Great article, I'm excited to read more! : D

SeanO
SeanO

Nice Bill and Ted quote.

LDub01031994
LDub01031994

Great post Roaming! I was once a Baptist too and got really into it because my family has always been mainly Christian (I had a great grandfather who was a missionary) and when I was young I thought religion was a family thing that one simply accepted and followed. I read the bible from Genesis to Revelations when in High School and was pretty active in religious debates during that time when we were still in the early-ish Internet phase.

As I thought about it more and started reading Thomas Paine I come to realize my views aligned with Deism more though I felt like I never totally let go of Christianity. I have a love/hate relationship with Christianity where I like some aspects (like the moral teachings and parables of Jesus) but not too into others (some of the metaphysical aspects of Christianity). I never took the atheist view though of seeing Christianity/religion as a wholly bad thing. I think all religion has good and bad aspects to it and good/bad societal effects as well. With watching the rise of secular statism where worshiping the state seems like it has taken its own religious dogmatism, and with watching Jordan Peterson's approach to Christianity from an archetypal way rather than just a metaphysical way I've come to value Christianity more than I used to in the past few years. Still consider myself more of a Deist than a Christian but I don't want to "let go" of Christianity in a way. I don't view anyone who is deeply spiritual/religious in a negative way though and I never have. All that matters is how you act on your faith and as long as you commit yourself on the path of doing good you are alright in my eyes. And no matter what my faith is I try to make that same commitment to doing good because ultimately we are all in this together.

All that being said I'm pretty curious about your own religious backstory. I agree that keeping it separate from your main stuff is a good idea because religion is always a contentious topic. But it would be cool to learn more about how you came to the faith that you have and I guess how deeply "spiritual" you see yourself as. For me, when I was Baptist even during those times I didn't feel spiritual really but just sort of had the faith that I had and maintained a commitment to it. Some people claim to really "feel" God being with them when they are deeply religious though and that always interests me as I never had such feelings.

Grimamor
Grimamor

Keep being you RM ;-)

Getstrong84
Getstrong84

Good for you. I'm also a christian and I've loved apologetics and theology for years. I'll be interested in watching how you approach these topics while not diving in those areas. For me, religion is a work of man. Mans unique way of trying to understand and work towards the divine. Each religion has it's own theology, but what makes the term "religion" for me is the human-centered work of the "will" in it all. The legalism of the pharisees and sadjucees would be the example of the religious of Christs time. Christ always goes after the heart, not the ritual.
I'll leave with a CS Lewis quote... “If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity



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