Critical Essay on "Salvation" by Langston Hughes

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Critical Essay – “Salvation” by Langston Hughes

Salvation is defined as the deliverance from sin and its consequences. In a Christianity sense, salvation is when a person accepts the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior, and they believe the fact that he died for the sins of Christians. The term of salvation is often referred to as being “saved”. Salvation is when one delivers not only their body in a physical to the church and God, but it is also a committee to Jesus mentally and spiritually. Getting saved can be a very pressuring and life changing decision. That is sometimes forced upon young adolescents. Ultimately it can cause one to question their spiritually sometimes even damaging their belief in Jesus. In Langston Hughes’
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I was baptized as a child but my relationship with God weakened, as I grew older. When I was 15 I made an attempt to get back into church, but just as Langston my choice to become saved was a deceitful one as well. The only reason I began to go to church initially was because of my girlfriend whose parents were stringent Christians. So every time Pastor Lacey would open the door of the church to new member at the end of each service and it seemed as if the entire church’s eye were on you, I felt the same pressure Hughes did. Until that one Christmas Eve service the pressure became overwhelming, and I let my need to please others overcome me making a truthful decision to be saved. My girlfriend’s parents, two of the most spiritual people I know to this day, also played a major role in my decision. I felt like they use to interrogate me every Sunday about “coming to the fold” as Langston would refer to it. Eventually, just as Hughes the pressure became overpowering. This experience unlike Langston caused me to strengthen my relationship with God. I felt like if I was going to create a relationship with God it had to be a truthful and committed one. A lot of people misconstrue the concept of salvation just as Langston Hughes. When one turn his life over to God and saved them, that decision should be a decision that is well thought over. At