I am so grateful today for AA. It changed my life, it healed me, it continues to heal me every day. It led me to a higher power.

God isn’t for everyone, I get that. I was one of those people. I was Unitarian Universalist for years because I wanted SOMETHING but Christianity wasn’t cutting it. Something happened, though, and I started thinking about things in a different way.

I got sober through faith, faith that my higher power wouldn’t let me down, faith that if I prayed for it He would keep me sober another day. And I realized that I could apply that faith to my feelings about religion. I had a problem with organized religion, with the disgusting behavior of people acting under the guise of religious belief. But my faith is not in organization, my faith is not in other Christians. My faith is in God. How other people behave is none of my business. I might not agree with every single thing that comes out of the preacher’s mouth on Sundays, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t see through that for the true message – that God loves me, and I am saved because I have accepted the love of Jesus Christ into my heart.

I never thought I’d wind up in a Baptist church, spouting Christian beliefs. But today I am proud to call myself a child of God. I am proud to call myself a Christian.

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