THE GREAT AMERICAN ADVENTURE
SECRETS OF AMERICA
[political history, government and law]By: Judge Dale, retired
My ancestors are descended from the Tribe of Dan, one of the tenlost Tribes of Israel. My ethnic origin is Prussian and I am a 6thgeneration Protestant American.When I finally became of age to join the Church, which means tobe confirmed into the Protestant Faith; after much deliberation, Ideclined! My mother seemed overly concerned about saving mymortal soul, and after several impromptu discussions with her,my [NO] was final! And then she played her last trump card:
“Honey; won’t you please do this for me?”
I acquiesced, just like any son would do, and participated in thetraditional battery of catechism classes for the next four monthsand just before my confirmation, I reneged on my promise. I wasquite young, maybe 15 or 16; and the best explanation I couldpostulate was:
‘Something just doesn’t feel right about this whole situation mom! The people that make up this congregation are all very nice, flexible and different from each other, and yet the tenants of our Church are so very inflexible; that this isn’t something I am willing to be bound by or to! I believe in God and the teachings of Jesus and that should be sufficient for my mortal soul and if it isn’t, I’ll just have to take my chances! I believe that God is a loving God and that on the last great day, He will judge my heart; my faith and not the tenants of my Church!’ ‘I also believe that Christ had been trying to teach the masses to become one unified force and that through our numbers and solidarity of faith in God, will guide and protect us in this life!’
My mother didn’t like my decision but then she couldn’t find faultwith my explanation or epiphany! Years passed by and it wasn’tuntil I began to study and research law; government and historythat I finally understood the depth and value of my objection!