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The Faith Test

Are you married? Relationships are complex arrangements but they are also definitive. You’re either married, or you’re not. You’re a mother, or you’re not. You’re a brother, or you’re not.  I guess some things really are still black and white. If I were to ask if you were married, I wouldn’t expect you to humm and harr before offering:  “I’m not sure…”, “maybe…”, “I was a long time ago…” or “it depends…”  You would fire back an answer within a few seconds – perhaps with a qualifier or two – but a definitive answer all the same. Yet here’s a relationship question that still provokes greyscale answers: Are you a Christian? It’s not a trick question. ‘Christian’ simply means follower of Christ; one who has a relationship with Jesus. Like any ‘earthly’ relationship, there are complexities – doubts, times of intimacy or distance, conflict and confusion. These are part of any relationship, part of testing it and making it stronger, yet when asked THAT question, it’s not uncommon for the response to be, “I’m not …