When I was a child I went to Sunday school and church and believed everything the pastor and Sunday school teachers said was true. As I matured in my faith I sought the truth through reading my Bible. When I was married I taught my own children who were growing up in the same church the very things I learned.
Am I a conservative Christian because I am choosing to follow the same path and hold onto the same traditions of my family? Or am I a conservative Christian because I haven’t had a reason to step out of my comfort zone and make up my own mind? The real question: when does a conservative Christian change their mind?
In the early nineteen hundreds woman fought for equal rights with men. The church taught that men were supreme and women were to be subordinate because the Bible stated that a woman was to be under a man’s authority. They were not allowed to be ministers. They were not allowed to vote and they were given less pay for the same jobs that men did. They looked to the conservative church people to stop the discrimination against women, but the church held fast to the Bible’s words and turned a blind eye to how woman were suffering when the men had complete control. So women took to the streets and held rallies to get society to change their opinion. Thus equal rights for women were established because the government listened to what they were going through and realized that their position had to change in order to prevent the cruel abuse of women. The conservative church followed only after many years.
During the nineteen sixties Martin Lutheran King walked the streets of Alabama and many other states demanding equal rights for black people. He was a minister from a segregated colored church. Colors were not given equal pay for the same jobs white people did. They were forced to eat separately from their white counterparts. They were humiliated and forced to give up their seats in buses to white people. They were not allowed to worship with the conservative Christian churches because the Bible plainly stated that it’s OK to treat people differently when they are descendants of slaves. It took Martin Lutheran King’s death and men of all races standing up against the injustices that the government listened and changed. Equal rights for African Americans were granted and only after many years did the church change their position concerning what the Bible said about some people being lesser human beings than others.
I wrote “I Want to Know My Future” believing that the conservative Christian church needs to be aware of how their teachings are persecuting homosexual families. I personally was deserted by my family, friends and church. I was jailed, injured and denied justice in the courts. My children were taken away from me and sole custody was given to their dad even though it was proven I was the better parent. All of this happened to me because conservative Christians refused to believe that God made homosexuals too. They are supposed to be examples of love and acceptance of people who are different instead they participated in persecuting me by teaching their conservative church members that it’s OK to hate the homosexual sinner.
Paul was a missionary to the Gentiles, but the first Jewish Christians believed that Jesus came to save Jews only. Paul had to meet with the apostles and elders to explain what was happening and how the gift of the Holy Spirit was being given to the Gentiles too. The leaders of the church listened to what Paul said and celebrated the news of Gentiles coming to God. But there was controversy because they were a newly established church and they needed to bring order to their newly founded Christian belief. Many wanted the Gentiles to obey the laws of Moses. But after many hours of debate they realized that this was not possible even for them. They concluded that faith in Jesus demanded that people be accepted by grace alone and God’s call.
Galatians 3: 25-29, “Now that the time for faith is here, the Law is no longer in charge of us.
It is through faith that all of you are God’s sons in union with Christ Jesus. You were baptized into union with Christ, and now you are clothed, so to speak, with the life of Christ himself. (Holy Spirit) So there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and free men, between men and women; you are all one in union with Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are the descendants of Abraham and will receive what God has promised.”
Why does the conservative Christian church believe they can continue to hold onto the Laws of Moses? Paul wrote that there is no difference between people. Why do they continue to hold onto rules that affect the freedom of good people like homosexuals? Do they not trust that God is able to teach people through the Holy Spirit what is best for their own lives? He does not need man made rules. He is more than capable of teaching his chosen children.
Galatians 5:18-20, “If the Spirit leads you, then you are not subject to the Law.
What human nature does is quite plain. It shows itself in immoral, filthy, and indecent actions; in worship of idols and witchcraft. People become enemies and they fight; they become jealous, angry, and ambitious. They separate into parties and groups;
22&23, But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these.”
When I wrote “I Want to Know My Future”, I wrote it because God used the teachings of the Holy Spirit to free me from the harsh teachings of the conservative church. The rules they follow condemn innocence people who are following the Holy Spirit’s will for their lives. Because of what the conservative church did to me God had to supernatural intervene in my behalf. He used miracles to save my family. God had to save me because the church would not.
Maybe being a conservative Christian means you believe in the words written in the Bible because you have no ability to hear from the Holy Spirit. If this is true I will no longer be a conservative Christian. I will educate myself as to why homosexual families need the same rights as heterosexual families. I will listen to the voice of God. I will make up my own mind and I will not allow tradition to stop me from doing what is right.