I held my tongue on this one, but I really wanted to say something.
My mother recently had a stay in the hospital, and on the second day one of the volunteers stopped by with information on the customer advocate; he was wearing an ID that said pastoral care, so I knew what was coming. He asked and I told him yes we were Christian and our pastor had been by earlier. He then said “So you are Saved?” (his emphasis not mine)
BG: I don’t want to start a big religious argument, but I’ve never been comfortable with the terms “Saved” and “Born Again”. I was baptized as an infant, raised in the church, have taught Sunday school and I’m an ordain Elder; I have strong faith, but I don’t think I was ever “Lost” and I have told people in the past that I was born right the first time.
Rather than get into a religious or semantic argument I said yes. He then asked if he could pray with us, which was fine; but he referred to me as, you guessed it, “Born Again” in the prayer. I was more annoyed and amused than offended; but again, I really didn’t want to get into a drawn out discussion with him.
I admit that his assumptions were in part due to my answering yes to what he saw as a simple question and I saw as a complicated one. Should I have spoken up from the start? With the wide scope of Christianity, I would think any assumptions on belief would be dangerous.