I ended my last post with a Bible verse (Proverbs 9:8) and that got me thinking about religion.
Religion has always been a constant in my life. As a Catholic, I frequently confessed my sins and attended mass every Sunday, Easter, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and Christmas. In Christian schools, from 2nd through 12th grade, I attended, through no choice of my own, weekly bible classes and chapel gatherings.
My life was saturated in religion and during my senior year of high school, I had had enough. Let me explain:
In this particular school, every aspect of my life was perverted and twisted into a lesson on sin and revelation. I’ll never forget the time I was pulled aside and scolded for greeting one of my guy friends with a hug: “What do you think you are doing? That is completely unacceptable! You are inviting the Devil into…” Blah. Blah. Blah. I often butted heads often with the senior administration and faculty* because, despite my awesome grades, they labeled me as a “bad student” for my smart mouth and mischievous nature. I also clashed with other students, usually the ones “on fire for the Lord,” for liking secular books, such as The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.
Graduation couldn’t have come fast enough and once it did, I was free. Or was I?
As an adult, people still expect me to life my live according to their beliefs and opinions. What’s upsetting is that no one has bothered to ask me about my beliefs. Fundamentally, I am Catholic. However, you can’t put me in a Catholic or Christian Barbie box and expect me to blindly believe everything without some pushback. There are other aspects of my life that affect my decision-making process and personality. Through my life’s journey, I’ve noted that even the most religiously-affiliated person can also have a skewed and deviant heart. For me, the most important thing is to live a life I can be proud of and to continuously grow as a kind yet fierce woman. Whether or not my religion plays a role in this is my personal and private choice.
With that, I leave with you a Bible verse written Hawaiian Pidgin:
“So den, all you guys, dis da last ting I goin tell you. Tink da same way. Get da same kine heart. Get plenny love an aloha fo da bruddas an da sistas. Get pity fo each odda. No get big head fo notting.” (1 Peter 3:8)
Until the next ramble
*There were plenty of teachers I respected