Drew McCoy who has the Genetically Modified Skeptic wrote a letter to his earlier Christian self. And encouraged others to do so as well. Back in 2019 I wrote an open letter to myself to warn myself about the problems of religion and fundamentalism. Such letters open the door to incredible journeys of finding yourself and what you are.
“It’s all about the journey not the outcome.”
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
On YouTube recently Drew McCoy had an interesting presentation. Drew is an atheist whose YouTube channel is called Genetically Modified Skeptic. Last week Drew started to write “letters” to himself as an atheist. How does he view his earlier days in evangelical/fundamentalism? He reads letters that he wrote to himself. He discusses culture, fear in a bubble, hostility to music, and how science changed his views of Christianity. The Friendly Atheist also wrote about this, and you can read this at, “Here’s What an Atheist Would Say to His Former (Religious) Self.”
How I Did Something Similar in 2019
Drew McCoy’s video is interesting. I watched it a couple of times. And then it reminded me of an open letter I did to myself. In 2019 I wrote a letter to myself at age 25, of what I wish I could tell myself. The topics I addressed were numerous. I addressed issues such as evangelical culture, evangelical culture, doubt, church corruption, scandal, shame, alcohol and sex and more. You can read what I wrote in, “#Youngerself. What Advice Would I Give Myself at 25?”
When I did that letter it was in response to a Twitter campaign. However, I found it refreshing and helpful in getting a lot of stuff off my chest. Writing this blog has been catharsis in many ways. What Drew McCoy did I perfectly understand. Its a process of dealing with toxic faith and rejecting it or rejecting religion all together. My letter to myself at 25 is what I wish I could have said to myself. Especially when I think of the harm that fundamentalism can cause oneself. Letters like what I did or what Drew McCoy did can set in motion journeys that can be incredible. And the journey is where you find life and where you live. If you don’t write to yourself I would encourage you to do so. This is going to be a brief post but I wanted to throw this into the blog archives as people like to read posts like this one.