"Turn to God."
"Let God into your heart."
"Trust in God."
"Let God show you the way."
"Read your Bible."
These phrases, and others like them, are spoken to me often. Of course, these phrases are most often said to me by those who do not agree that it is possible to be Christian and prochoice.
I have to wonder, what are they thinking when they say these things? Do they think that I don't trust God? Do they think I haven't read my Bible? Do they think that I haven't found my way through God?
Why would I claim to be a Christian if I didn't think my beliefs were based upon the Bible and Jesus? Why would I list Bible verses as references to my beliefs if I thought I had misunderstood them? If I thought, or worse knew, that my opinions were absolutely wrong, I wouldn't be saying them!
The other event which bothers me happens after someone asks me for verses to back up my opinion. Once I have provided the person with verses, they claim that one cannot look at certain verses alone, and we must read the whole bible.
Then WHY did you ask for verses in the first place?!
Instead of simply writing me off, please read the verses I propose, listen to the arguments I make and consider them. Let Christ lead you through the thought process. Do not have a goal in mind. Open your mind to the possibility that you might be partially wrong or even completely wrong. Understand that opening your mind to new possibilities is not a bad thing.
Reflecting on Privilege
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