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Ana Marie Cox Takes the Christian Leap

March 2nd, 2015 | No Comments

The real trouble about the set your patient is living in is that it is merely Christian. They all have individual interests, of course, but the bond remains mere Christianity. What we want, if men become Christians at all, is to keep them in the state of mind I call “Christianity And”. You know – Christianity and the Crisis, Christianity and the New Psychology, Christianity and the New Order, Christianity and Faith Healing, Christianity and Psychical Research, Christianity and Vegetarianism, Christianity and Spelling Reform. If they must be Christians let them at least be Christians with a difference.

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Ana Marie Cox has heard the clear small voice: and decided to listen:

It does come up: Since leaving Washington, I have made my life over and I am happier, freer, and healthier in body and spirit and apparently it shows. When people ask me, “What changed?” or, “How did you do it?” or, sometimes, with nervous humor, “Tell me your secret!” I have a litany of concrete lifestyle changes I can give them—simply leaving Washington is near the top of the list—but the honest answer would be this: I try, every day, to give my will and my life over to God. I try to be like Christ. I get down on my knees and pray.

I don’t know the details of her conversion, how far along on her journey she is but she appears to have the most important basics down.

One of the most painful and reoccurring stumbling blocks in my journey is my inability to accept that I am completely whole and loved by God without doing anything. That’s accompanied by a corresponding truth: There is nothing so great I can do to make God love me more. 

Christianity takes time, a lifetime in fact, but she has taken the first leap of faith and that’s what counts.

I don’t know how far Ms. Cox has progressed in her faith or where it will take her over the years.  There are two things I’m pretty sure of however

  1. She will be pleasantly surprised when her perception on how conservatives will react to her conversion is proved completely wrong.
  2. She will eventually figure out that her worry about not being a good enough christian is normal, because none of us are.

That’s why there is a whole sacrament called “Confession” as the Pope put it.

“Forgiveness is not a result of our efforts, but is a gift. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who showers us with mercy and grace that pours forth unceasingly from the open heart of Christ, crucified and risen.”

The Pope went on to recognize that many people feel ashamed at the idea of confessing their sins and might say, “But Father, I am embarrased.”

“Even embarrassment is good. It’s healthy to have a bit of shame. … It does us good, because it makes us more humble.”

“Don’t be afraid of confession,” Pope Francis stressed. “When someone is in line for confession, he feels all these things, even shame; but then, when he finishes confessing, he leaves (feeling) free, great, beautiful, forgiven, clean, happy.”

Will she have to face adversity because of her conversion?  I guarantee it, after all that’s part of Christianity’s job description.  Will it cost her the respect of some who followed and admired her in the past?  Certainly.  That is also part of the job description.

However there is one thing that I can also guarantee.  As she faces these challenges along her path, she will not be lacking in prayers said on her behalf.


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