Salvation Essay

498 WordsMar 14, 20142 Pages
Forced Religion At some point in time everyone in society has overlooked his or her personal feelings to conform. People may believe strongly in an idea or thought, but will overlook that belief to be obedient. Is lying about something important really the best way to go? In this short writing by Langston Hughes it described how pressure from adults on innocent children can have a negative lasting effect. Langston Hughes in, “Salvation”, described how he, a young innocent boy, was pressured by his peers and elders so much that he lied about his faith. The 12-year-old Langston Hughes was participating in a revival at his aunt’s church. The purpose of the revival was to bring the young to Jesus to be saved from their sins. Instead of Hughes making a choice to be “saved”, he instead made the choice to profess his salvation in order to alive the grief of the elders. “The whole congregation prayed for me alone, in a mighty wail of moans and voices” (Hughes). Here we see that Hughes was feeling pressure from the congregation to come to Jesus. After a while, he feels as though his hesitance is wasting the time and energy of the rest of the congregation. “So I decided that maybe to save further trouble, I’d better lie, too, and say that Jesus had come, and get up and be saved” (Hughes). Later that night as Hughes lay in bed, tears of guilt rolled down his face. He could not stand to tell his aunt that he did not meet Jesus nor believed in his existence anymore. The phrase, “And I kept waiting serenely for Jesus, waiting, waiting- but he didn’t come...” (Hughes), gave evidence to how young and naïve Hughes was at the time. Hughes thought that when his aunt explained to him that he would “see” Jesus, he expected to literally “see” Jesus. However, his aunt and the other members of the congregation viewed the “seeing” of Jesus as something more spiritual and

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