wouldn’t it be great if we talked about religion and church not just as a list of dos and don’ts, but instead about the things we can do to get closer to God? like, imagine being raised that there is no way to be perfect, and you’re not expected to be, but you can make choices to do or not do things that bring you closer or push you further away from God.
i think a lot about how i’d raise my kids as Christians. and for me, that will be the distinction. it won’t be “do this because i said so” or even “do this because the bible says so.” it will be a conversation about how the choices we make affect our relationship with God, so our choices should be about developing that relationship, not pursuing some idea of what makes a person a “good” Christian