The four years I spent in an independent, democratic social club taught me many great lessons.
Acceptance in that group was not earned; it was given, and freely. Yes, a few of us guys became ministers, but not all, by any means. There were military men, scientists, professors, and other contributors to society. We were an outrageous and talented group, given to humor. We later became Alpha Theta Phi, which I understand affiliated with a national Greek letter fraternity later.
We are all marching on these days. All of the founders, including the great Herb Meza, have died.
Perhaps some us will beat the statistics and live into our nineties. If not, we all had gained the message that we were acceptable, both to humanity, and to God.
A question remains. Do you accept all people without regard to race, creed, of handicapping condition?
Do you accept all people without regard to gender preference? We remember that Jesus did not say "Come unto me some who are heavy laden." (Matthew 11:28) He offers a place for those with the wrong color tie, or a collection of used books. Or the wrong shoes. All are accepted, not just a few. All, even our selves!
Posey is a retired Presbyterian Church U. S. A. minister who writes from his home in Charleston