That part about being told to destroy your 💿s reminded me of when I was a teen and wondered if my love of “secular” music made me un-Godly. It was actually a relief to open Vibe magazine in ’97 and read that Kirk Franklin’s then-favorite album was 2Pac’s Makaveli album (which features a song called “Blasphemy”, no less).
I’ve never called myself a Christian, despite how much I felt the pull. I found it hard to unite my need for a spiritual center with folks who preach 🔥 & brimstone; to say nothing of their reactions to science. My father attempting to gaslight me into joining just pushed me further away.
As an adult with a better understanding of Jesus — y’know, the guy who fed the poor and washed the feet of his own apostles? — I’ve actually considered taking on the term “Christian” now that I know better than to let it be represented in my mind by loudmouths.
Both Christianity🕇 and Islam🕌 had a strong influence on my development. I may not officially join either, but I’m glad to know what they’re both really about.