The old guard… that’s the group that always uses fear to keep themselves employed or in power.
They make change out to be the big bad wolf (or antichrist or whatever). This is actually who was most threatened by Jesus, and this is who killed him. It wasn’t anarchists or the liberals or the foreigners or the outsiders.
Fear can never sustain motivation… attempting to keep people afraid of hellfire hasn’t kept them in church. It’s almost as if we’ve forgotten: “It’s the kindness of God that leads us to repentance.”
Anyway, I’m encouraged by what I see in the younger generation (like you) – there is a richness, depth, a hunger for something more than trite religion and clichés.
So, I salute you. Keep reading, learning, growing.
And please—for the love of God—keep being you.