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I Wanna Testify!

June 19, 2012

I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus, as God incarnate, was tortured and died as payment for everyone’s mistakes. I believe in Jesus’ teachings as stated in the Bible.

Anyone who has known me for longer than two years knows that these are radical statements for me. I did not grow up in a Christian household. In fact, I would say I was anti-Christian for most of my life. To clarify: I was not anti-God. No, in fact, my parents raised me and my sisters to have a deep faith in God. We were members of the Nation of Islam. After my parents divorced, my mother, sisters, and I were nominally Muslim while my father continued in the Nation.

Fast forward to my early twenties. After practicing orthodox Islam in high school and college, I became disillusioned with organized religion altogether. I fell into an existential crisis, unsure of the relevance of my own being.

I examined different religions, and even found great comfort in Unitarian Universalism. However it did not sate my spiritual hunger. I prayed to God for direction and guidance. For years I prayed, asking God to guide me wherever it is He wanted me to go, whatever religion or spiritual path that may be.

In the spring of 2010, I felt a strong tug toward Christianity, and decided to check out some churches. One church that was very appealing was Grace DC (now known as Grace DC Downtown). The church makes  a concerted effort to welcome people who aren’t Christian, who are unsure, and even those who are skeptical. That seemed like my kind of place.

That April, I realized that God was leading me toward the Christian faith, and I accepted God’s invitation.

In the past two years I’ve wavered back and forth in my faith. I’ve had very serious doubts and even outright rejected Christianity (again). But it’s like when a baby is learning to walk. There are stumbles and falls, but getting back up is the key.

Now I feel much stronger in my faith. I was baptized last December, and I am a member of The Journey Church – another congregation that seeks to be welcoming and friendly while maintaining solid beliefs.

This is my testimony in a nutshell. The full story is much too deep for one blog post. If you have questions about faith, if you’re seeking, or if you just want to ask questions about Christianity without judgment, feel free to contact me. I’m not an expert by any means, but I’ll do my best to be helpful.

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