I met a stranger the other day. Some people think that nobody is a stranger but that is just not true in my book.
I had a long conversation with this stranger. Let’s call her Kim. When Kim found out that I was a “licensed” clinical social worker, she immediately questioned how could I be a Democrat and be a social worker. She continued that Democrats support homosexuals, abortion, welfare and whatever else she quickly spouted off. She proudly announced that she was a die hard Republican (I call them Repugs).
I didn’t argue back about her Democratic beliefs. It wouldn’t have done any good. Like most Repugs I have met or chatted with, they are very set in their views and attitudes. She went on to “preach” that I couldn’t be a Christian if I am a Democrat. She went onto spout actual bible verses to prove that I wasn’t a Christian. I didn’t stay quiet this time. I boldly told Kim that there is only one requirement “according to the Bible” to enter HEAVEN and that is: Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. That’s it. Of course, billions of people still haven’t done that.
I also went onto say that my “Christian” mission in life is to help other alcoholics achieve and maintain their sobriety. In AA, we believe in a “God” of our understanding so not to pin people into one corner.
Some of the “new” recovering alcoholics have no understanding of God or a higher power and believe that if they do believe that he won’t forgive them for “their sins”.
Kim agreed with me for once in our conversation that “action to help others” was one of the highest levels of Christianity. So according to her, I was a Christian after all as long I didn’t practice my Democratic views and attitudes. I believe that God loves all of his children, including sinners of all kinds, hence why he sent his son, Jesus to save us from “our sins” no matter what they are.