I'm committed to following Jesus and living an irreligious life by: loving friends, family, and enemies alike. I'm married to my best friend and have an awesome son. I enjoy things like: reading, working out, video games, country music, and of course good food. I was raised in what could be described as a Protestant, evangelical, conservative, fundamentalist household. I'm the oldest of 9 children. After high-school, full of patriotic zeal and Christian nationalistic beliefs, I joined the U.S. Army. I was willing to show the greatest love possible by "laying down my life for my friends" as Jesus taught.
After 3 years of service I was confronted by the peace teachings of Jesus. In short, I still felt that it was very Jesus-like to be willing to lay down my life for a cause. However, I began to realize that Jesus also taught that it was never right to kill for a cause. As a result of this new conviction, and a renewed commitment to following the teachings of Jesus, I applied for and received a discharge from the military as a Conscientious Objector (that's an Honorable Discharge by the way). I now seek to follow Jesus in every area of my life. Because of this transformation a lot of my beliefs (on many different faith related issues) have changed from what they were growing up. I self-identify as an Anabaptist follower of Jesus. My prayer is that in some small way His "kingdom come, and will be done on earth as it is in heaven" starting in and through me.