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We think it no concern of ours what religious bodies our members identify themselves with as individuals. This should be an entirely personal affair which each one decides for himself in the light of past associations, or his present choice.

(AA 28)

Early in sobriety, I held some very “absolute” views and opinions about recovery from lust. This was evident by the silence that would sometimes follow my shares at meetings. Thankfully, no one demanded a certain set of beliefs as a requirement for membership. Nor did they try to ‘correct’ me. I was afforded all the time necessary to evolve spiritually. 

Working the Twelve Steps brought about a genuine religious ethic and practice within me. To begin recovering, I had to accept that intellectual knowledge, in addition to not curing me, could never be complete. Today, it is easy to identify with those who share rigid views in meetings. It is not important to approve or disapprove, but to allow them the time and space I was given to grow in love and tolerance.

May we not be trapped by beliefs, but instead find the common ground of faith that unites the human spirit.