and I completely validate many of the common concerns that go along with it! Unfortunately, history has shown that many evil and abusive deeds have been done by those professing to act in the name of God. Imperialism/forced conversion, mistreatment of women, acts of terrorism (of a range of means and magnitude), twisting of doctrine for one’s own purposes (the Book of Mormon refers to this as priestcraft), that kind of thing. So I don’t think people who “swear off religion” are necessarily bad people AT ALL (unless they are unkind and blatantly mock others’ beliefs).
But we are all looking for truth.
More to come.
PS. I use such images with intensely great care and NEVER intend to be flippant about abuse of any kind. Just wanted to express that yet again because I simply cannot emphasize it enough. Also, I know that there are many good people in the Catholic Church.
But still know your stuff!
And still stand up for it (the Church).
“Though argument does not create conviction, lack of it destroys belief.”
Here is an interesting talk that is somewhat (though not directly)
related to this idea.
Overall, when it comes to nitpicking and even (quasi) arguing about religion,
just try to remember that it’s about Christ.
And that if someone isn’t interested,
IT. IS. OKAY.
(Line of Propriety)
Remember that the most important convert in your life is YOU.
The most important testimony to maintain is your own.
While we ought to maintain the purity of the image of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we need not feel anxiety about “enemies” (real or perceived). Furthermore, we should seek to avoid being overly defensive while simultaneously exercising conviction in our own faith.
-Katherine Anne Wilkinson
If/ (Because) the Church is true, it will win.
Go write your own blog!
to Google Docs! (though sadly now it’s all called “Drive,” which is NOT my favorite word in the world)
This is Todd. Remember him? Loads more to come about this guy, but for now, I’m glad I could bring him into the sweet spot of writing collaboration that IS Google Docs. Dayan would be so proud.
but everyone has a conversion story. What’s yours?
Figuratively OR literally. A comfortable middle-ground (remember that phrase, it’s a good one).
I’m not gonna walk on eggshells,
but I’m not gonna shove it down your throat.
I’m not gonna shove it down your throat,
but I’m not gonna walk on eggshells.
And I know that Kanye West is not the best person on the planet, but don’t overlook his stellar talent with words and what he has to say on this subject:
“I ain’t here to convert atheists to believers, I’m just trying to say the way school need teachers, the way that Kathy Lee needs Regis, that’s the way I need Jesus.”
Yes, I, a total and complete WASP, just quoted some Kanye. What can I say?
Oh, plus he and I have the same initials. 🙂
And to bookend with a key phrase in my title, allow me to borrow a phrase from Natasha Bedingfield (who else?):
Won’t walk on eggshells so you don’t hear the “crazy” (?) things I’m saying…
How do YOU talk about your faith/conviction/opinions/religion in a way that is “bold, but not overbear[ing]”?