Edit: Jeg vil teste noget, jeg vil prøve at oversætte mine indlæg fremover, mest fordi mine amerikanske venner ofte spørger hvad jeg skriver om, og fordi min familie gerne vil læse med.
Terra Nova is a church here in Tonkawa. I think it's called "First Christian Life Church" or something like that. I was there for the first time last Sunday night to check out their youth group. Francesca came with me and we met the new Chinese exchange student, Mary, there.
I was really surprised. I expected something like the youth group I'm already attending on Wednesdays but it was totally different!
We arrived at 6:30 to eat. They always serve food, I think it's because it's during dinnertime. I met Paster Derrick there. The first question he asked me was "Do you love Jesus?" after which I had to admit that I don't really believe. He constantly tells me that he loves Denmark and danish dessert - where he knows anything about Denmark og danish dessert from, I have no idea.
Around 7 o'clock music started playing and people started to dance. A countdown was put in the big screen as the music continued. When the countdown reached 0:00 Dalton delivered messages on the screen. One of the funniest thing that night. After that a band started playing. They sang and played for Jesus but it wasn't regular "church music". I loved it.
After that Nick Debase started preaching. He used his own life as an example. I think it's the first time I've ever listened to someone who was talking about God and even though he talked for a long time I was never bored.
When he was done I was left with the feeling "wow". I think it's amazing how 16-20 year olds just devote their lives to a "person" they can't really see and feel.
Lori told me something after that, something I've never really thought of. They've been raised with God as a part of their lives. They don't know a life without him. They went to church every Sunday their whole lives. Personally I only went to church during 7th grade, the year of my Christian Confirmation and I have to be honest and tell that I wasn't religious back then either. I just didn't want to be the only one standing outside the church, watching all my friends dressed up.
I'm raised without God in my life - not that I see that as a negative thing at all.
I respect religious people a 100% more now than I did before I left Denmark. I still don't believe in God, but I still feel like apologizing for all the times I've denied any existence greater than my own.