In light of the various narratives about why people are leaving or should leave the Presbyterian Church (USA), I recently posed the question, Why do you choose to stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA)? Here is one more person sharing why they are staying in the Presbyterian Church (USA) . . .
Why do you choose to stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA)?:
I choose to stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA) because I don’t like being told what to do.
Brash? . . . maybe.
But I appreciate being in a denomination that not only appreciates, but values diversity on all points of the spectrum. Statements like, “this is how we do things…”, or “that’s not Presbyterian” seem like they are being heard a whole lot less often these days. Instead there seems to be a spirit of inclusion of, and a desire for, new perspectives. And to me that’s freeing. My individuality isn’t compromised, neither are my convictions. Here is where I can dream without any clipping of my wings and where others are allowed to do the same. Regardless of where you stand on issues x, y, or z there is a place for you to call home and a place for you to live out your flavor of the Gospel. So I stay in this sometimes old, white, and upper-middle class denomination not because it feels like home, but because it feels more like food court.