Re: Called on in Church to Speak, WTF?
That's good to hear. I've done this sort of thing in the past, spontaneously, in spite of my anxieties, and found it easier to cope with my SA afterwards. You should try to make a habit of it. Like that other guy said, church-goers aren't there to judge you, so there's really nothing to be concerned about in that regard. Personally, I don't believe in Christianity, but I respect other people's beliefs. I try not to discriminate or push my own beliefs onto other people. If socializing at church functions helps with your SA, then by all means continue to do so. As for me, I have too many discrepancies with Christianity, and basically all forms of organized religion. I've found it's best to first form your own relationship with God. If God exists, then he is likely a part of us all, and in turn we are all a part of God, and can only find God by looking within, from a pure un-biased perspective. Most religions are about controlling the masses and telling them what and how to believe. For some people, that's all they need and it can even be a positive thing. I, however, am not one of those people. Regardless, religion in any form can be a positive thing for people looking for hope and inspiration, and a place where you can evolve spiritually, while socially interacting with others who aren't as likely to judge you. Good luck, and speak up whenever you feel the need. Especially if you feel you can help or enlighten others while doing so.