Don’t you worry… ‘bout a thing
This is for any of you de-converting folks out there.
If you’ve seen the rather silly movie, “I Am Legend”, you might make the connection between the title and body of this article. And believe it or not, I’m gonna use the silly movie for a bit of an analogy. (Though some preachers have already beaten me to it.)
If you haven’t seen the flick, “I Am Legend”, here’s the situation. Will Smith is the only living human left in New York City. A virus wiped out the rest of the population of the world except for some whom the virus turned into rabid, killer zombies. (Hey, I didn’t write it, I’m just recapping.) So Will’s trying to survive in this rather empty, scary world.
Those of us who’ve been through de-conversion, know how it looks when you’re right in the middle of the process. It’s upsetting, and frankly scary. Familiar beliefs, touch points, and in many cases even people that you knew are gone. It’s a bit like the I Am Legend world.
In I Am Legend, Will occasionally plays “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley. The song has the chorus, “Don’t you worry ‘bout a thing, ‘cause every little thing’s gonna be all right.” The song seems quite out of place in a lonely world where rabid, killer zombies are on the rampage.
So how does this tie in for the de-converting folks out there?
If you’re in the midst of feeling your faith slipping, or you’re in the middle of giving it up, or you have just given it up, then you’re world is changing/will change/has changed. Right now your world looks lonely, it looks scary, it may even look monstrous.
Along the de-conversion way, you will encounter troubles, and feel the uncertainly of a world now bereft of the faith that has probably defined your very existence, and you may face animosity, or even lose touch with friends or family members.
But from the vantage point of a year to two or more post de-conversion, many of us on this blog can tell you that it’s not so bad in the end. From the far side of the whole process we can tell you that it will be OK. You will rebuild your life. What we on this blog can say to you is, “don’t you worry”, “everything’s gonna be all right”.
I can’t tell you what a wonderfully clear view of the world, and of life, one has from a ‘no deity’ perspective. It’s, well … to borrow a line from a different song, a familiar hymn, it’s as if, “I once was blind, but now I see”. De-converting may not be easy or pleasant to go through, but for me, and for many others, it’s well worth it.
Take it away Bob…