I had not been born into a Christian family?
My parents are Christians. My dad is a preacher. Both sets of my parents’ parents were/are also Christians, as well as my great-grandparents. One of my great-grandfathers was a preacher. My grandfather is, or at least has been, an elder at his church. Does Christianity eventually start to run in the blood?
Even further back into my ancestry are French Huguenots that came to what is now the U.S. in order to escape persecution against their protestant beliefs. I don’t know the exact year they arrived, but it was many ago. So now you know what I mean when I say I was born into a Christian family—we’re talking at least several hundred years of Christians in my bloodline.
And I often wonder, what if you replace my Christian roots with Islamic roots? What if I were born to Muslim parents whose lineage of the Islamic faith went back just as far as my family’s lineage of the Christian faith. Odds are, I’d be a believer of the Islamic faith too. Right? Would I be as fervent about my faith as I am fervent about the one I was actually born into?
Is saying “I was born into Christianity” even accurate? I chose this, I remember the day I chose this, but I was young and had little idea of the vast religious options that were out there.
Honestly, I don’t want to talk about this question anymore, but I know I won’t stop thinking about it, and I hope you don’t either. It’s just as important to know where you come from as it is to know why you have or have not decided to carry on your family’s legacy.
(I have a few more “Would I Still Be a Christian If…”s coming down the pike, so stay tuned.)