Well, I saw this coming. I have become a flaming liberal. That is certainly not true by SFTS standards, but definitely true by the standards of those here in Pittsburgh. I feel like I may be fighting the good fight all alone on some issues that I didn't even realize were all that important to me.
Por ejemplo: One of my co-workers was telling me about her church (non-denominational) deciding to go a system of governance with elders and the equivalent of deacons. She then mentions that the deacon-equivalent people can be either male or female, but that the elders hae to be men. I asked her, quite innocently I thought, what was the thinking behind having only male elders. Her response: "Ummm...the Bible!" I just smiled and nodded. She then said, "I'm sure you Presbyterians just fold down the pages on that part of the Bible" Hilarious!!!
I've been really shocked by how archaic some of what I hear sounds to me now. The funny thing is that it is coming from folks that I totally agreed with three years ago. What did SFTS do to me?!
Actually, truth be told, I think I may be more appreciative of where I went to school now that I'm finished. By understanding of God has broadened significantly. Personally, I like having a pretty big and inclusive God. The big threat I'm facing now is becoming close-minded towards close-minded people. Or at least closed-minded towards those that I perceive to be close-minded.
All of this has made me realize what I'm willing to fight for. I'm coming to understand that my opinions on certain issues have become so passionate that I'm not willing to back off of them. That might put me in some perilous predicaments in the near future. Frankly, that is the way I want to live my life anyway.