5th Grade Cafeteria

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the Christian side

I’ve been a staunch Christian since I was born. My previous post explains how central my faith was to my life. An academic by nature, I read as much as I could and I backed my faith with every written word.

Elementary school, I ate up the Left Behind series like it was nobody’s business. My fascination with the rapture carried over into my Scripture studies, and I think I read the book of Revelation about 5 times by the time I turned 11. Scared to death that my classmates would be among those left behind, and emboldened by the Holy Spirit, I marched over to the popular girls’ lunch table and told them they needed to repent because Jesus was coming. I was not the conflict type, I was anything but bossy, and I have always been haunted by others’ opinions of me (carrying over to my closeted status of today) – so doing this was a HUGE deal. But despite my racing heartbeat and shaking hands, I knew Jesus was proud of me. And although I didn’t make any new friends in the cafeteria that day, I overheard one of these queen bees whispering “forgive me Jesus,” under her breath at her locker later that day. My heart was beaming.

The Author

I'm a closet atheist christian missionary. Paradigm shifts happen frequently for those who allow themselves to think critically about currently held beliefs and openly about new ones. I’ve developed the skill, or perhaps addiction, for change but the community around me is slow to catch up -- and would damn me if they knew where I stood.

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