(This is part of my “Top 10 Reasons I’m a Quaker” list… the whole thing is already up on Barclay Press’s site. So, if you’re the type who likes anticipation, stay tuned here. If you like getting to the point, feel free to head over to Barclay Press.)
5. I believe every person on the planet can hear God’s voice and be a part of God’s plan.
On the positive side, this means I strive for justice and equality in human relationships, because there are no fundamental distinctions between people. It gives my life purpose, and offers hope to anyone. On the negative side, this reason for being a Quaker challenges my competitiveness and selfishness, refuses to allow me to keep on the blinders of nationalistic pride when I look at the world, screams against capital punishment and war and vindictiveness, and forces me to listen carefully to those with whom I disagree. Grays sometimes overshadow the black and white, but never completely overwhelm.