Yesterday was my granddaughter's graduation from high school. Yes I am that old. I am only allowed to see her for graduations. She did a video of everyone who had meant something to her and I was not mentioned.
For a long time, I blamed myself for neglecting my daughter as a child. But my son Karl explained to me that my role as her mother was only part of the problem. The real problem was that she had joined a religion that believed in shunning people. It was a Christian group. She also married a very controlling man who wanted to isolate her. So when I fell in love with a woman named Sandra, all hell broke loose and they used this as an excuse to shut the door on me.
At the graduation, I could stop crying but I came home to the family who has stuck by me and today is a brighter tomorrow.
This is why I hesitate to call myself a Christian and prefer to call myself a "Follower of Christ." All religions start out with a great spiritual presence. Then each generation loses something special like the idea that God loves EVERYBODY not just those in their personal group.