I’m Stumped
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I’m Stumped

A Better Way?

I am beginning to believe that the most destructive role a religious person or individual can play is that of gatekeeper. Perhaps determining who is “in” or “out” or “wrong” or “right” in the context of something divine should be the exclusive purview of the divine itself.

And if you are not the gatekeeper, then perhaps you can also shed the burden of having to persuade other people to think as you do, which in turn allows for your relationship to the truth to be one of becoming rather than one of certainty.

In that case it would be sufficient for you to simply do your best to continue to learn and support others in their own efforts. You would never have to recruit or convince or exclude or reject.

The biggest risk would be that religious organizations might have to exchange the comfort of self-righteousness for the freedom of acceptance.

It might be better that way.

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Joshua Stump

I am a Dad, a husband, a son, a brother, a follower of Jesus, a lawyer, a songwriter, and just generally someone with a lot of strong opinions about stuff.