Langston Hughes Salvation

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Langston Hughes, renowned writer and author of the short story, “Salvation”, shares with readers, his experience of his so called failure at seeking salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. In his short story, Langston Hughes shares about his attempt at being saved in church, things did not go as Hughes had planned, instead of resulting in him being content in the warmth of salvation, He felt ashamed and guilty for not “receiving Christ” and lying to his aunt. After reading Langston Hughes’ short story, readers may sympathize with the author, they may understand the sorrow he must have felt at the time, as many people would be inclined to state that they have gone through similar experiences. In Hughes’ experience of finding Christ, he was unlucky,…show more content…
In a way, it was comforting to know that I am not alone in this type of situation. In his story, Hughes states, “But I was really crying because I couldn’t bear to tell her that I had lied, that I had deceived everybody in the church, and I hadn’t seen Jesus, and that now I didn’t believe there was a Jesus anymore, since he didn’t come to help me.” (237). In my opinion, I think that many people can relate to what Hughes said, you cannot help but feel overwhelming guilt for pretending to be saved in religion, etc. It is quite understandable that a person would feel sad, confused, and especially shameful for going through a situation in the manner that Langston Hughes decided to; I know I did at least. Hughes did not cry because he did not receive the Holy Ghost in his life, nor because he had seen Jesus, but because he lied and felt shameful for deceiving the church and his aunt, for now he could not believe that there was a Jesus (237). I can relate to Hughes and so many others who are pressured into the world of religion, and I can especially relate to the shame of not feeling included in everyone else’s joy that comes with
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