We live in a cruel and hard world. We always have, but Western white Christians have been insulated from corruption, violence, and oppression for a long time. We have cruised along, dropping aphorisms in the face of other people’s pain. God bless America.
Deconstructing faith means deconstructing everything, because in America, faith is mixed with empire, whether we want to admit or not.
The Bible is not God perfectly revealed… Jesus is God perfectly revealed, and the Bible gives us a glimpse of Jesus.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
I’ve gnawed on that grief this summer, mourning Eugene Peterson and raging at the Nashville Statement. I’ve processed the loss of trust, the hypocrisy of a Church that told me that only the Gospel mattered, and then snuck in a bunch of fine-print clauses at the end. I’ve wrestled with being betrayed by a community that talked a big talk about saved-by-grace-alone, and then tacked sloppy works-righteousness on to their statements of faith.
You made us look foolish, Eugene. You made the lives of hope that we lead look foolish. God grant me the courage to not let my cynicism win. God grant me the courage to look foolish, again and again, because I haven’t stopped hoping.
When did loving our neighbor as ourselves become a matter of convenience or preference?
Why would anyone ask questions and express doubts—in a church—if a Christian is likely to tell them they are wrong for questioning or doubting? Who wants that? No sane person. And certainly not Jesus, either.
Churches try to upsell Jesus to the mentally ill. They say that Jesus will solve all of your problems. It is only through Christ that you will find joy. How can you be a Christian and be so depressed? Don’t you know that God will lift your burdens if you give them to Him? It’s sad-shaming. And it only perpetuates the problem.
This tells me you haven’t engaged with my story. This tells me you aren’t really interested in hearing what Jesus is doing my life and are more interested in pointing out the sin in my life and trying to save me from myself.
We need to hold Christians accountable, and we need to lay waste to the idea that the only good Christian is a gentle one.
The church has largely become a self-righteous, spiritually arrogant, sin-focused, Bible-weaponizing, people-condemning kind of monster that has lost much of her credibility among thinking, human-loving people.
I understand a government’s first priority is to protect its own people. What I don’t understand is how Christian leaders are able to make arguments about the sanctity of life and somehow use that to promote anti-refugee policies.
Jesus is not the God of those who close doors in the faces of people He made. He is the God of open doors, of broken-down ones.
After we left, the tension we had felt erupted, and the city burned. And from suburbia, we judged harshly.
Welcome to 2017 America, where the melting pot on which it was founded burns blood black and boils over with vitriol...