A recent conversation with a fellow Freecoaster got me thinking…
Though many of us have spent years together now, I suppose we all still occasionally wonder: do I really belong?
What if I didn’t get swept up in the Ron Paul waves of 2008 or ’12?
What if I believe in the Bible?
What if I believe in gradual change within existing systems?
What if I don’t really like guns? Or cannabis?
What if I’m single? Or a senior? Or otherwise don’t fit the typical Freecoast demographic?
I thought about this a long time… what are the fundamental criteria to say who belongs here?
Here’s what I came up with:
a good heart
an open mind
Anyone with these two characteristics is going to come to understand the principles and practices that define our fellowship. It may take time; we may respectfully disagree; and we may totally not understand each other’s aesthetics or personal choices – but if anyone has these two fundamentals, I think they belong here as much as the next person.
If that sounds like you and we haven’t met yet, pick a Thursday and introduce yourself!
Author: Mike Vine