I’m a 36-year old, married network engineer who was raised in a conservative branch of Christianity. Very conservative. I grew up in churches that taught that women couldn’t wear pants or cut their hair, Bill Clinton was the false prophet from the Book of Revelation, and Gorbachev was the anti-Christ.
The movement is considered extreme even by fundamentalist Christian standards, but it was all I knew. I believed it because I didn’t know any different.
One day in 2006 I read two books that changed my life. The first was “The Cost of Discipleship” by the famous theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.1)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cost_of_Discipleship The second was “Irresistible Revolution” by Shane Claiborne.2)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Irresistible_Revolution Both books challenged my understanding of what it means to be a Christian. They helped me understand that being a Christian means being a disciple of Christ–studying his teachings, emulating his example, and seeing the world the way that he saw it.
That was the beginning of a very long journey; one that is still ongoing. I ended up leaving the Christian sect that I was part of. I drifted for several years through various evangelical churches, becoming more and more disillusioned by their emphasis on right-wing politics, young-earth creationism, and an increasing tendency to put populist politics and nationalism above the teachings of Christ.
The breaking point came when much of the religious right threw its support behind Donald Trump and Ted Cruz–men who promote the indiscriminate killing of civilians, carpet bombing, torture, racism, division, racial and religious profiling, and much more. I simply couldn’t be a part of any group like that. It was no longer Christian.
I am a Christian but my beliefs and views are evolving as I study, learn and seek to live as Christ would live in our insane world. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts.
I chose the named “Red Letter Journey” because it is what my life is: An ongoing journey to discover what it means to be Christian in the modern world.
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