Silver showed me a blog that Michael Gungor (a lead singer in a well-known Christian band) posted. You can find it here. Paraphrased, he talks about belief, his changes in belief, and asks for empathy and love in the process of no longer being a fundamentalist Christian.
I felt like his words were dictated from within me. My eyes filled with tears as I read them.
I am not alone?!?
Of course I knew that. But I rarely feel that. There’s no longer a God in the back of my mind upon whom I can lean, who can hold me, who whispers to me in times of loneliness. There are no longer people surrounding us that share our beliefs. So for someone so center stage within the blinding spotlight of Christian fundamentalism to “come out of the closet” revealing his true self gave me incredible courage– camaraderie even.
No longer did I feel like my coming out to my family was a mistake. No longer did I feel like I got the short end of the stick in everything. There’s someone else out there experiencing this too??
It’s amazing what a feeling of community can do for a person. Even as a believer, I’ve always believed in the power of community, and I’ve always greatly valued authenticity. Those values have remained solid to me despite my ever-changing everything else (worldview, faith, occupation, community, living situation,.. etc.).
So thank you, Gungor, for reinforcing my sense of community. For reinforcing my value of authenticity. For giving me one more reason to prefer your Pandora station. And for reminding me that I’m not alone.
You can find a recent interview with him here.
His blog is here.
And his general website is here