I’m going to church tomorrow for the first time in quite a while, and like always when I’m about to go, I’m nervous. So I thought this was worth talking about. I’ve always felt this way about church, because I probably set foot in a church about five times when I was growing up. As an adult, every time I went to church, I had this same feeling, if more so than now. I was worried that I might overstep some boundary or not know some convention that made it obvious that I Was A Stranger Here. I’ve been a stranger in more ways than that, but for some reason church always really brought it out.
I don’t know if that’s unusual, or if other people whose religious background is as vague as mine feel the same way. But the inclusiveness of churches is sometimes hard to see. Not that some don’t try, of course, but at some point you have to take the risk of being a stranger in order to become a friend, and maybe some people aren’t ready to take that risk. I am, or at least I will tomorrow.