I have been reading the stories at exchristian.net lately and I have
to say that they break my heart. It upsets me, not just because of the
people who have been hurt by Christianity, but because almost all of
the complaints about Christianity are legitimate. Once you take out the
“no basis for a historical Jesus” stuff everything else they say is
true. Too many Christians do love money or themselves or power more
than they love God. Most of the nationally known “faces” of
Christianity are at best mistaken and more likely out and out heretics.
Of course the worst thing is how badly church have treated these
Somewhere along the way the church has forgotten that
the message of God is about Freedom not condemnation. We have forgotten
that it is love, not judgment that changes lives. I think it is funny
that so many people are trying to hold onto “traditional” church when
it was the traditional rational, rules based, lack of mystery, church
that turned off so many people.
I have to admit if I were to just
look at the most churches I would have to seriously question this whole
God thing. If I were to just look at how much we have messed up this
message that God gave I would run screaming and find another job. But
the truth of the matter is, no matter how much we as people mess up.
God’s truths are still strong. I have seen some of the worst parts of
Christianity over the years, but I have also seen God do amazing
things. If I based all of my hope and faith in people and religion I
would have given up years ago, but I have found, not religion, but the
God behind the religion and that has made all the difference.
a closing note, I have also seen Christians who really do have a heart
connection for God and who are willing to go out of their way to help
others. I have met Christians willing to work with AIDS patients even
back when no one wanted to be with them. I have heard stories of Mother
Theresa helping lepers in India and of Christians sharing food to
hurricane victims. These are people who aren’t caught up in legalism or
religion. They are people who are caught up by the transformative power
of God and that has made all of the difference.