I live in a country where asking that kind of question can and does create conflict.
The UK is multi religious multi faith and no faith country. In NI conflict between two Christian sects has been raging on pretty much since October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther, angry with Pope Leo X’s new round of indulgences to help build St. Peter’s Basilica, nailed a sheet of paper with his 95 Theses on the University of Wittenberg’s chapel door. sparking the reformation of the church across Europe.
For many years the church in Scotland had to meet in secret to hold a religious service for fear of being killed, Churches were regularly burnt to the ground. If you’d like to learn more I encourage you to read about, Martin Luther, John Knox the Scottish Reformer, The British Monarchy and the Roman Catholic Church, The Reformation of the church in Scotland and The Protestants and Catholic Conflict in Northern Ireland.
To me a man or women is free to choose whatever religion they are inclined to follow and it’s my believe that is written into the US constitution, even though I haven’t read it. I am sure someone will correct me if I got it wrong.
As a soldier who served in NI during “The Troubles” back in the 1970s my role was to help keep the peace by keeping the two communities apart and allow them to worship God in a way of their choosing. No easy task when these two communities are shooting, bombing and murdering each other at every opportunity they can. Thankfully peace has been restored to the Provence but many grievances remain.
I am a Christian but I no longer attend church. not because I don’t believe but because I lost confidence in the church leadership.
Many people across Africa have been killed for being a Christian. So it’s worth stepping back and looking at the bigger picture and ask. Why?
My question to Johnny. Why the curiosity ? Does it offend Johnny if Steve is not a Southern Baptist?
I don’t know anything about the Baptist Church or the Quakers, or the Amish, the Jehovah Witness or the Mormons or the Jewish Church. What I do know is I have respect for their right to worship in the way of their choosing.
~ In short I don’t discriminate.