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Jacob RezashMr. RemediosJunior Religion 30 January 2018 John Carroll EssayBeing a Christian in a religiously diverse country it is often questioned how to go about life being a good faithful christian while displaying respectful citizenship.Having a special belief and faith in God is special and an amazing experience, we want to share this experience with everyone, but it’s not always appropriate to express this faith while respecting the different religions present in this country. We often struggle with our own faith due to hardships and obstacles in our own life. Disastrous events happen every day that may cause us to question our faith, but it’s our faith that teaches us to fight through hard times for we are not alone, God is with us.In our Everyday lives as people no matter what religious and cultural morals we believe in, most value faith. Whether it’s faith in one God in monotheistic religions or many of those of other religions we all have this sort of trust that their is one or more almighty beings looking after us. No two people have the same lives, same responsibilities, beliefs, and faith. Some have a stronger sense of faith than others but when it comes down to it, everyone believes in something. Church has two definitions, a community as in “the People” and a place or a location of Worship. Going to Service, mass or praying together of those of similar beliefs is developing and strengthening the relationship with your peers and most importantly the relationship with that almighty being greater than ourselves, God. God is a big part of my life, and my faith. I have a certain trust that I am not going about each day alone I have this guidance by one greater than all. Now how does anyone go about live being faithful to Christ? It’s different for everyone, but there are some general demonstrations of faith toward Christ. The first being belief, knowing that Gods there somewhere in your life and making an effort to connect with God and demonstrating an act of acceptance of him into your life is key. Staying truthful to your belief in a truly good being can be challenging and can often raise the question “is there really a God”. Due to multiple issues, disasters, hard times and devastation in your life can often cause you to Question. Whether it’s losing a someone close to you that you love to death, financial issues such as losing your job, or anything that causes you to feel bad or helpless. But attempting to move forward and attending services, praying to God, striving to reduce sinning in your routine and expressing sorrow for your unlawful actions show you care, but also shows God you are accepting him and his guidance in your life. I have encountered many hardships in my life, losing a dear family friend to the tragedy of cancer was an impactful part of life. A day of celebration of my 15th birthday took a drastic change as I heard the news of the death of a friend who changed my life. This made me question God, and why he would let this happen. But it was my faith that ” he works in mysterious ways” as is always said that keeps me striving to maintain my relationship. A verse from the Bible that describes this moment of movement forward is Joshua 1:9, it reads “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”(Joshua 1:9).             Living in a diverse country with multiple faith and cultures, it is important that we all no matter what our religion or race do what is right and demonstrates what it means to be a good citizen. With that in mind it is often asked, what does it mean to be a good citizen? Good citizenship isn’t easily defined, as their are many aspects to life in this country that define your character as a person and many more that define you as a citizen. In most societies there is a set in stone list of rules, in our country we have amendments in the constitution that protect ourselves and laws that protect others, a good citizen will follow those laws for the benefit of the country, and respect others and their religion. Another part of being a good citizen is helping others that are unable to help themselves, such as the poor or the elderly. Recognizing your fortune and giving some of it back can really help others and define you as a  good citizen. An obstacle that could affect you from making a difference is maybe your schedule, maybe you are busy with family, work, school, but finding this time to help the needy can be beneficial for our country and for your self esteem. From personal experience at Good Counsel we do a certain amount of hours of service each year and it is a great feeling knowing that you have helped someone. Knowing you have put a smile on their face is awesome because you never know what they have been through or their background, and that little thing you did to help them might have a greaser meaning to them. This service to others demonstrates your belief in God as he sees you helping one of his children it is “pleases” him , “Giving alms to the poor is a witness to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God”(Catholic Church 2462).      In America there is a great amount of Christians, and in the area in which I live and go to school a great amount of Catholics. Though I am not Catholic I attend a Catholic school and over my past three years here I have learned a lot about what it means to be a faithful, devoted Catholic. Learning about the Catholic faith in school  and participating in frequent Mass have taught me a lot. I have many friends who are Catholic, and though I am Protestant the general beliefs are not that different. General trust in God is a main aspect, believing he is there with you and acceptance of his presence and guidance into your life for Good is a found belief. And having a positive relationship with God is cherished by many and may want others to have this connection, so the question of how to go about life respectively being a faith catholic? comes up. There are multiple things that tend to separate people in our country, the most recent problem is the division among political parties, and also differences in beliefs. Accusations made against another group of people causes tension. In order to end this tension we must live as one community respecting our differences and the way to get the message across is through a person that is looked up to by many, the Pope. In the following Pope Francis explains, “Politics is an expression of our compelling need to live as one, in order to build as one the greatest common good: that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share, in justice and peace, its goods, its interests…” (Carr).Therefore it is important we keep opinions that may offend others to ourselves and to set aside our differences in order to live as one community in peace. In addition, if one seeking guidance from God, it is our responsibility to share the faith with them.     In conclusion, having a strong faith in God and furthermore a relationship with God can make your life amazing. In hard times you know God is with you and in you are feeling down you have someone to talk and pray to, and when you are in a joyful situation, you have someone to thank.Works CitedCarr, John. “The Pope Presents a Model of ‘Faithful Citizenship’ amid Our Political Limbo.” America Magazine, 15 Oct. 2015.Catholic Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church. 2nd ed. Vatican: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2011. Web.English Standard Version. Bible Gateway. Web. 30 January 2018.

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