Life Lesson #3:
The views you held growing up are going to evolve. It’s up to you to change how you see the world.
I grew up in the middle of the Bible Belt. There’s more churches in the Galax/Carroll/Grayson area of Virginia than there are businesses it seems. And when you grow up in and out of church your whole life, some of those Old Testament beliefs seem to follow you around. You’re taught that same-sex marriage and abortions are a one-way ticket straight to hell. You’re taught to “love the sinner, hate the sin,” as if that’s the answer to literally everything. While you’re being taught about the Bible, it’s being taught from a negative point to where the message in whole seems void.
And if you’re lucky enough to leave your small town, you find yourself being educated by some pretty amazing people you didn’t even know existed on this planet. You learn from your friends that they are just as human as you and have every right as you do to love in their own way, to have a say about their body, and to be accepted in this world just as you. Along the way, these friends educate and influence you to unlearn the bigotry and hatefulness, and learn to look at the world in acceptance and love.
In the midst of the education you receive during this journey, you find yourself moving away from following the flocks to a church pew and begin to read scripture on your own. You are allowed to interpret in your own ways without the lack of being told your interpretation is wrong. You find yourself getting more out of church service by listening to Spirit FM driving to work than you do sitting struggling to stay awake during an actual sermon. Politics don’t take away from the message when you’re experiencing it on your own terms in your own ways.
As you educate yourself and look back at the messages you’ve been taught, you begin to see them in a different light. And that’s a beautiful, beautiful thing to experience.