It was not something I did. It happed to me and it has shaped reality for me ever since. My parents brought me up in the faith, teaching me the Word of God. The Lord Jesus has brought into my life so many people to show me His grace (my wife, Faith, being the most important) and to flesh out for me what it means that I am baptized. All of this is pure gift of God in Jesus! All of this comes from living each day in the God-given confidence, I am baptized.∞
Today, the horrors of religion are more often about ignorance and inequality, but they are still there.
Oh please with this rhetoric. It’s part of the mindset that unless I decide to completely abandon my own beliefs – which someone else likely doesn’t fully understand – then I’m an ignorant bigot who wants people whose lifestyle I disagree with to have separate drinking fountains.
As a Bible-believing Christian I’m of the opinion that certain things are a sin. Pure and simple. And yes, God loves all sinners, of which I am chief. But part of my Bible-believing involves believing that sinners should repent and seek to change their behavior.
That doesn’t mean I want to ship all members of a certain group off to the camps. It just means that while I can accept you as a person and treat you with respect I may hold that certain religious institutions and rituals should continue to be closed off until you get around to that whole repentance thing.
Just because I’m not marching with you doesn’t mean I’m a fan of inequality anymore than the fact that you’re not defending my right to believe what I chose to believe makes me think you’re an intolerant jerk yourself.