Yesterday, David Schell wrote:
People think I moved left because I was deceived by the devil.
People think I moved left because I’ve been reading the Bible without the help of the Holy Spirit.
People think I moved left because I just stopped reading the Bible.
My dad sees me as a disappointment and is glad I’m still alive. He doesn’t say it, but I’m pretty sure he thinks that if I died today I’d be in hell. He holds out hope that God will show me the light because I’m still alive.
My Grandma calls me and says she’s heard rumors that I don’t believe in the Bible anymore.
My aunt sends me a Facebook message that her kids, my very young cousins, are praying for me. They’re worried about my soul.
As a former fundamentalist, and then a conservative evangelical, I can relate to this. David reports that his father believes God will judge him for deceiving people; I have the same experience from some of my relatives.
David continues by saying how tired he is of argument. I agree; there is no benefit to arguing with people with closed minds. I have already explained myself, and I am unwilling to rehearse the conversations further. I am happy to dialog and listen to their perspective, but I am no longer interested in defending against constant and repetitive attacks.
I think David’s entire article is worth the read. You can see it at: