Safe

You are not safe out in the world, they told me.

You are safe here in your Christian home with us to protect you from the world.

You won’t be safe if you leave our house without first getting married to a Christian man who can protect you from the evils of the world, they told me.

The world is a dangerous place for a single woman. It will eat you alive, corrupt you, chew you up and spit you out.

If you forsake our rules, things will go horribly wrong for you in the future, they told me. God will punish you. And when things go wrong for you, we won’t be there to help you, they said.  We won’t interfere in God’s will when you are punished. You make your bed, you lie in it.

You aren’t safe marrying a non Christian man, they said. He will cheat on you, abuse you, then leave you, they said.

Well guess what, parents, cult and church?

You are wrong. Seriously misguided. YOU are the unsafe ones, not the world.

I was safer out in the world than I was in my own home growing up. You abused me in the name of God and you still attack me in God’s name. My nonbeliever friends and boyfriends treated me better than the Christian ones. I didn’t experience abuse in an adult relationship until I married a Christian man.

It’s the Christians who scare me now.

Even though to be honest, I’m not scared as much as I am wary of them.

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