I’m pretty sure I grew up in a bubble. Most of us probably grew up in a bubble. Up until high school, I only knew Christian people. I went to Christian camp. I went to Christian school. I had friends from church. Even the after school program I went to was Lutheran.
I was told that “non believer” friends would cause me to “stumble.” And then, when I got older, I was told to bring those same people to church, but they couldn’t be my friends unless they were Christian. How was I supposed to bring someone to church without first befriending them.
The Seventh Day Adventist private school I attended for most of my life told me that eating things like pig, or catfish, or any other “bottom feeder” was basically sinful and that it would make me an unhealthy person. To this day I can’t stomach some of these foods if I’m aware of what I’m eating, even if they taste good, are made right, raised right, and are something I want to eat.
In high school, where a lot of people are discovering who they are and they’re sexuality, I was told that gay was not okay and that abortion was murder. And I had gay friends that would come to church with me. I used to be so sad because I was told they weren’t going to go to heaven, all because of who they loved. If someone felt that they were born the wrong gender, they had to be wrong, or sick, or have some sort of hidden sin in their life, because God doesn’t make mistakes. Yes, we are God’s creation, but I think a lot of Christians forget that our world is broken, so someone being born the wrong gender isn’t necessarily a God thing or a sin thing, its more of a fallen world thing. God is in control, but he gave over the reigns a long time ago.
In Acts, God spoke to Peter and told him to not call anything unclean or impure what he has made clean. Didn’t Christ abolish the law? So why are we still so legalistic? We don’t “get to heaven” by following a bunch of rules. It’s not even really about being a good person. But I think if we started seeing everyone as created, seeing everyone as having a purpose, seeing everyone as worthy, maybe some of the hurt in this world would end.
By the way, bacon is awesome, gay is okay, I won’t invite you to church because I don’t have one locally, and I will listen with an open mind and open heart if you need to talk about abortion.