Since coming out as a Christian, I’ve had people ask me, “What’s changed?” Do I still support gay rights? Am I all about sexual modesty now? Well, here’s the answer.
My belief is that there is a God. That’s a drastic change for me. I used to be a hardcore atheist. I also believe Jesus was divine.
The matters that concern folks who have come to me with questions are still intact. Yes, I support gay rights. No, I’m not a prude.
I was initially willing to change a lot of beliefs due to my conversion. But Christianity does not entail conservatism. Many people may think it does, but it doesn’t. Do I believe in God? Check! Do I think Jesus was divine? Check! That’s basically all one needs in order to be a Christian. Any more than that can be debated.
And, in those debates, I look to all kinds of sources. I may think the Bible is a holy book, but that doesn’t mean I won’t mix and mingle with thinkers, philosophers, rapscallions and whoever else may have a great idea. And, anyway, isn’t that what Jesus would do? Didn’t he mingle with rapscallions?
What I’ve also found is that many people who’ve asked me these questions haven’t even opened a Bible. I have. I may be just beginning, but I have indeed opened a Bible. What does the Bible say about these things? Well, there’s debate on that. Serious debate. And I follow the liberal interpretations.
There aren’t many churches that are liberal, I grant you that. And I am indeed liberal (or, probably, more of a socialist-communist, really). I am also fortunate enough to be surrounded by Christians who are sympathetic to my views.
So, there you have it. A non-conservative Christian.