The pastor of the church I attended was fond of saying, “Most people say God said it, I believe it, and that settles it. But I’m here to tell you God said it and that settles it!” I believed it. Black. White. That was based on my inerrantist, conservative, fundamentalist, evangelical Christian worldview. Just about any subject that came up I could give you a right and a wrong answer or solution. God, Jesus, worship, creationism, abortion, marriage, divorce, women, men, homosexuality, work ethics, having children. Black. White. BOLLOCKS!
Then I woke up one morning to the freshly brewed aroma of real life. I discovered a brilliant array of colors in between. There is no one-size-fits-all hat for all of mankind. I put the hat on and it just doesn’t work. Flopped right down over my eyes. It was way too big and it swallowed me whole. Someone else tries it on and they can’t squeeze their big gourd into it for anything. It sits atop their head like a beanie.
I thought I’d dabble outside of the black and white. Try some shades of gray. But then I picked up blue. Not long after that I was using purple. That just devolved into red. Now there’s no going back. By George I LIKE color. Some things may always be black and white for me, but I want to see and enjoy all the colors of the rainbow. So here’s to living!
My views about quite a few things have shifted considerably. While I still think I hold myself to a pretty high moral standard, those moral standards have changed a bit. They might even be higher as I’m not nearly as judgmental. What has been the most significant shift in your moral standards and views of other people since leaving fundamentalist Christianity?