Deconstructing faith means deconstructing everything, because in America, faith is mixed with empire, whether we want to admit or not.
I, too, once loved those statues, not so long ago. I thought they stood for resilience and pride, for the other side of every story, for a nation grappling with the sorrows of its own rending.
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.
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.
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...