It’s OK to Change Your Mind

Doubts and questions, and changes of mind John Pavlovitz

The quote in the image above is just one small excerpt from a post by John Pavlovitz which explores the reasons why Christians often feel like they should not change their mind, and then when they feel they must, fear what those around them will think. It is worth reading the whole thing. Here’s another sample, in case it takes more to persuade you to click through:

I need to be clear, that although my brothers and sisters in faith and the church dynamic itself were contributing factors in me keeping quiet, I am still mostly to blame. For as much pressure as I felt not to speak, I was fully complicit in the conspiracy by succumbing to that pressure. Though it came with great regret and sadness, ultimately I chose my silence.

That’s how this all works. That’s how the system turns toxic and nurtures the masquerade.

The very same beautiful sense of belonging and shared purpose that binds people together in the Church and makes them feel incredible affinity for one another, is often what perpetuates the charade of immoveable faith that so many are burdened with. 

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  • CrazyDogLady

    Definitely worth reading the whole thing! I needed this encouragement. This has been another of those weeks where everything I’ve read online seems to address a particular issue that I’m struggling with. I used to say, “God’s trying to tell me something!” Maybe that’s still true.

  • charlesburchfield

    Your post makes me think of a quote from the movie The Green Mile: John Coffey says ‘he kill them with their love’ and, the author, Stephen King says: ‘sometimes there is absolutely no difference at all between salvation and damnation’. Yes that’s the way it feels, to me sometimes, being a marginalised person all my life, almost 65 years spent in America, amidst so called peace and plenty. one knows, now, it’s an illusion of gargantuan proportion. the conspiracy is so vast that, according to one source I’m aware of, it involves probably 97% of the population who have become seriously addicted to one thing or another; substance or behavior. When one realizes that standing alone in the truth one knows is one’s only option salvation feels like condemnation or damnation. as one is cut off from the mainstream, marginalized, one pays the price of loneliness. EvEntually I think everyone perpetuating and advocating de facto sexism and racism espoused by American Christianity are going to realize that going along to get along is actually tantamount to having sown the wind and reaping the whirlwind.