Recently I was having a chat to some people about a number of things and I ended up feeling a bit sad. While we were talking about religion and rituals the conversation was flowing and fine, but when I started to talk about the particulars, about doctrines that caused division, about forgiveness and inclusion, and about the different ways people live out their faith, I felt really shut down by a few people. It was like it was ok to talk about rituals and the stuff of religion, but as soon as we got into actual theology and day to day life it was all too much, too deep and uncomfortable.
I just felt a bit sad that it wasn’t ok to talk about the things that actually matter, rather than just surface things. It disappointed me that it wasn’t ok to get into matters of theology and practical living, particularly with other Christians. I felt very shut down and disheartened.
I know this is a bit vague, but that is on purpose so as not to name anyone.