Songs of Salvation – Meg Gonzalez

Posted July 1, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Songs of Salvation /

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And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.

Revelation 12:11 NLT

Transforming From an Imitator to an Initiator

by Meg Gonzalez

I was raised in a conservative Christian home. My dad was a pastor, and took me to church for the first time five days after I was born. I was fairly sheltered growing up, and I was quite honestly fine with that. My parents were (and are) wonderful people who live by example–taking to heart the call to “decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother” (Romans 14:13 ESV). And throughout my childhood, I followed their example without question.

If they said or if their actions implied something was a sin, it was a sin. Life was as simple as that.

This is how faith begins–as an imitation of our parents’. It’s why Proverbs 22:6 urges parents to “Start children off on the way they should go.” So though I’d given my life to Jesus at age five and was baptized at age seven, my faith was not yet my own. It was still my parents.

That all changed over one lunch with my mother. I was seventeen. Over a basket of chicken tenders and waffle fries, we chatted about the next year when I would move away to college. We were talking about how living on my own in the dorm when she said, “Well, I still don’t think you should have sex before you get married.”

My world rocked.

Think?! What did she mean, think? Before that moment, my parents had always said, “You cannot have sex before you are married.” I was comfortable with “cannot.” It fit into my neat little world of black and white. But my mother understood something that I did not—one day, my faith would have to be my choice.

That single sentence initiated a journey for me. Over the next months and years I pulled my Bible apart researching everything I thought I knew. Instead of just taking what my parents said or implied at face value, I turned to the Bible to learn what it Author Meg D. Gonzalez and her newborn daughterhad to say about intimacy, baptism, alcohol, tithing, a woman’s role in the church, and anything else I could think of. Much of what I found confirmed what I’d already learned, but some of it surprised me.

It was on that journey that my faith finally became my own. And that biblical research informs my beliefs today. It also heavily influenced my first novel, Sketchy Tacos. Through my fiction I strive to demonstrate to teens and other readers the depth of God’s love, the importance of digging deeper in Scripture to discover what what you believe, and how much Christ values you–no matter who you are or how much you feel you’re unworthy.

Having grown up around many other Christian kids, I was interested in their stories about when they transitioned from their parents’ faith to their own. And I still am! Feel free to share your story with me at meg [at] megdgonzalez [dot] com.

Now five years married and with a four-month-old daughter of my own, I’m honored with the daunting privilege of demonstrating my faith through words and actions to my child. Whether you’re still imitating a parent or mentor’s faith or you’re now the example by which others live by, remember that the ultimate example is Jesus Christ and you can find what he said and did in the greatest story ever told–the Bible.

About Meg D. Gonzalez

Meg D. Gonzalez is a tea-sipping, adventure-seeking, pug-loving kind of girl. She’s crazy for God and wants to share His love with awesome women around the globe. She started her first novel at the age of fourteen (it will never see the light of day and that’s best for everyone), but her writing really came alive after she moved to Mexico. The crazy, wonderful people and culture she encountered inspired the story of “Sketchy Tacos” Meg loves make herself ridiculous to get a double-dimple smile from her four-month-old daughter, take long walks while chatting with her hubby, or curl up on the couch with her pug to read a good book or work on her next novel.


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One response to “Songs of Salvation – Meg Gonzalez

  1. Lila Diller

    What a great reminder that as parents, we need to start them out on the right path, but then we need to let them take faith and make it their own. I don’t remember exactly when I did that, but maybe it was sometime around the 15-yr-old mark when I had a crisis of faith and then had to verbally defend my faith to my Mormon classmates. Thank you!