Fearing God

Fear brought me to God—then led me away

“Saturn devouring his son” by Francisco Goya (Wikimedia Commons)

Growing up in the Southern Baptist church, I experienced a peculiar type of dread that only those with a similar upbringing will truly understand. I recall vividly a time I came home to find the whole house dark and eerily silent. A sudden terror gripped my heart. “Oh shit,” I thought to myself. “The Rapture!” Eventually, my fear subsided when, one-by-one, my family members…

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Justin Ward

Justin Ward

Journalist and activist. Founder and co-chair of DivestSPD. Bylines at SPLC, The Baffler, GEN, USA Today. Follow on Twitter: @justwardoctrine, @DivestSPD