Recently, though, I came to the realization that I've been perched on the side of that slippery slope for quite some time. Quite happily even.
Let me explain.
I grew up as what you might call a fundamentalist (and I use that term not in the good sense, such as The Fundamentals published in the early 20th century). While I hate using labels to describe a person, you might get a sense of what I was like with words such as: right-wing, Republican, liberal-hater, vitriolic pro-lifer, gay-basher, pre-tribber, young earth 6-day creationist, stereotypical Bible-thumper, "see-the-world-in-black-and-white" evangelical Christian. I use those terms not to impugn those who wear those labels proudly; rather, I offer them as a quick snapshot of my beliefs. If you are (or were) someone like that, or know someone like that, you are probably nodding your head in recognition. You know the type. Well, that was me.
But somewhere along the way, I started to realize that the way I saw the world didn't satisfactorily answer the questions that life posed to me. I started to wonder if it were possible to be a Christian and actually think differently than I was taught to think and still be "saved." The thought frightened me a little.
The last four years or so have been a time of intense questioning and searching for me. Rather than turn my back on my faith, I feel like my faith in Jesus Christ has deepened and matured as I've tried to rethink issues I assumed I had already figured out. I have by no means come to the end of my search. But I've come to the point of accepting the fact that I don't know everything and can never know everything, and there's a certain freedom in admitting you just don't know! I've learned to live with disconnect, with uncertainties, and with unanswered questions.
I've been thinking about starting a blog for some time-- not to point fingers, not to try to change people's minds, but rather as a humble offering to those who may also be searching and questioning everything they thought to be true. I hope to offer some of my thoughts on hot-button issues and maybe some lesser known issues, areas of disagreement for people of the Christian faith-- from theology, to politics, to science and beyond.
Francis S. Collins, in his book The Language of God says, "...mature observers are used to living on slippery slopes and deciding on where to place a sensible stopping point." This blog is about finding those "sensible stopping points." I hope you will help me in that search. Welcome.
One simple request-- feel free to comment, but please keep all comments civil and respectful. I don't mind questions and comments that challenge the status quo-- I strongly encourage them-- but I will not tolerate mean-spiritedness. Thank you.