It was the interview that went. I wouldn’t say it went well. I wouldn’t say it went poorly. It just went. Four years ago I sat in a well-known judge’s chambers and spoke with him about my career. It was an informational interview for a position, but took an unexpected turn when he learned one thing about me: the fact that I was a devoted Christian who had aspirations to one day become a pastor. I remember it like it was yesterday. We spent about ten minutes talking about my accolades, schools I attended, and my prior experience. Everything seemed to be going well. Then he asked about my career aspirations. I was honest. Practicing law was secondary to ministry. Then he said it: “You aren’t some kind of religious nut or something, are you?”
In this moment I had a choice. I could (1) downplay my spirituality in order to have a better chance at securing the position or (2) affirm his assertion and raise a potential “red flag” in his mind. So I did it. “I live my life according to the Word of God. I am a follower of Jesus and am unashamedly dedicated to Him. So if that makes me a religious nut…yes sir, I am.” Needless to say, the interview didn’t last much longer after that. We wrapped things up and he escorted me out of his office. I wouldn’t hear from him again.