I don’t know that I could be a Christian in a country where it’s illegal to believe in God. In fact, after my experience tonight, it’s obvious that I would be a martyr after a short amount of time!
I have been involved with a particular organization for the last 9 years. The organization, itself, is not religious, nor anti-religious. But, it’s a group that has always respected our personal freedoms, set out by America’s founding fathers. We say the Pledge of Allegiance, and even the words “Under God”. Some groups have an invocation, others reference God or faith from time to time; never would it have crossed my mind that there was any problem with any of this….Never!
At the end of the meeting, I was asked to give my thoughts as a visitor. I talked about how great this group was, and how it was one of the best meetings I had ever attended from this particular organization. I said before I can commit to joining, I would need some clarification regarding their rule that “politics, sex, and religion” were not allowed to be discussed, as my faith in God is an integral part of my life and my source of inspiration.
The cascade of what happened after my comment left me speechless; in fact, I’m still shaking and it’s been a little over an hour. I did not intend to open such a can of worms, but I wanted to be completely honest in my response. Never in my life have I been told that mentioning God is offensive to those who don’t believe. If other people want to talk about their faith in Mother Nature, Santa Claus, or Barney the Dinosaur, I would not agree with them, but I would never see that as offensive!
I am a firm believer in freedom of speech and freedom of religion. I just never knew that applied to everything except for Christianity! Well, at least not in the Bible belt….