Thursday, June 21, 2012

Throwing a Christian to the Lions

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Recently I noticed that I had a new follower.

As soon as I saw the icon I went immediately to her blog.


A Christian.



My heart sank.

Why would she be interested in my blog?

I have been known to use a few bad words and my religious views aren't exactly traditional.

And she had so many followers.

"Jeesh," I thought, "this is one of those American southern Baptist women.  She isn't interested in anything I say.
She just wants me as a follower so she can preach at me."


For some reason, (to be polite), I did follow her and was totally surprised that she, on occasion, commented on my blog.


I went back to her site and surprise of surprises I actually know her.

I taught 3 of her children!



I try to follow blogs from different areas of society. 

That's  important to me.



I hadn't realized how easy it is to shut down in the face of Christianity.
Me, who takes pride in being so inclusive.



I believe in God.

Totally.

And I love the Bible stories of Jesus that I grew up with.

But when I sit in a church, being an old feminist,  I feel as if I am only hearing half of the story.



Anyway, that's my problem.

The truth is that I'm not so much shocked at the large number of religions there are in the world as I am at the small number. 

Because I think there are many ways to find God.

And I believe if you are on a path whichever one it is, it is the right one.



So I have gone back to the blog of this Christian woman that I know and have started carefully reading what she is saying.



And I have found that she has a deep understanding of how the good in the universe works.

Her lovely writing is clothed in the robes of Christianity,

but  her message of love is universal.



A lesson learned.




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PS  Mrs. B's blogsite is now on my sidebar.  It is called 'Just a Thought'.

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10 comments:

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

What a lovely post, Francie. I really enjoyed it. And you are right, there are many ways to find God, if that's what you want. And for others who don't believe, that's okay, too. I was intrigued about who this mystery christian woman is and noticed that tiny writing at the bottom revealing her identity (good thing I was wearing my reading glasses...ha ha...). I am going to have to visit her blog.

Good people come from all walks of life no matter their religion, culture, nationality, political views, etc. I also consider myself a very inclusive person and try my best to live up to that, and also try not to judge people based on who they are on the outside and how they live their lives. I can't say I always succeed, but I continue to work at that daily. I suppose we do the best we can.

The Episcopagan said...

Thanks Martha.

Unfortunately good people can sometimes believe some hateful things.

But I agree with you so much, assume the best in people until proven otherwise and do the best you can in your own daily life.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yes, I've known many tolerant and thoughtful Christians in my time. And a lot who weren't. So you're right -- we can't prejudge -- get to know someone first!

The Episcopagan said...

Thanks Debra. Tolerance and Christianity aren't always words that march hand in hand.

Katharine said...

Francie,
I came across your blog when Norma posted a link on facebook. I was delighted to see the blog belonged to you, and thrilled to follow. I am honored to have you follow "Just A Thought" You sit in the ranks of being one of our children's favourite teachers. They are blessed to have had some great influences in their lives, and your kindness is one of them. Thank you for your kind words for me today... and in the end I really do believe it is about love!

The Episcopagan said...

Thanks Mrs. B.

I admit to having that terrible teacher habit of judging people by their children and that of course makes you totally awesome!!

Anonymous said...

Excellent post, Francie, very thought provoking. I agree with you, whichever path you are on, is the right one.

Jane said...

A very interesting post Francie and I agree that it's very easy to prejudge. I appreciate everyone's comments - food for thought.

Introverted Art said...
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Introverted Art said...

Francie, what a honest, heart felt post. I love the "old feminist" part. I was born a feminist. When I found a girl I went to high school with and told her I was pursuing a BA in Women's Studies, her reply was "oh, how perfect. You were always a feminist." We were 14 when we went to school together and I wonder what in my behavior made her think of me as a feminist at the tender age of 14... but I digress... I, like you, think that any path is a worthy one as long as one is not infringing on the rights of others.