Footshooting…

Things I wish the Evangelical Church could hear and understand.

  1. Signs outside church buildings with pithy warnings of Hell only serve as a point of amusement for the average passerby.  One may think they are clever and informative, most think these updates show great insensitivity.
  2. Political opinions, regardless of affiliation, destroy the credibility of the church.  One of the main reasons people are leaving the church in droves is because they see this entwining for the fornication that it truly is.  Think about this when voter cards are passed out on Sundays, somehow one side just happens to completely disagree with the church’s outspoken stance.  It can be safely stated nowhere in the teachings of the master does he endorse a chosen political party.  Isolating half the population and thinking of them as a combatant to the faithful further discredits the church’s mission which is unity and love.
  3. Seeking out fabricated enemies to create a culture of fear whereby the fault of all that’s bad in life happens because you’re not inside these particular church walls is beyond disingenuous, it’s evil.  Using fear to keep the faithful under control, while an effective tool, is manipulative and destructive vehicle that creates unthinking robots who fear their own shadow.
  4. If the church would teach it’s members the use of the word “why” and put it into practice as a regular part of gathered times together, positive, healthy, thinking followers could be produced.  The kind of people who ask questions and find answers themselves instead of just accepting what has forever been approved, but this would take deeper work by leaders.  Instead the church has mastered the use of the word “how” to detail it’s purpose with step by step instructions detailing life’s specific instruction book for anything and everything.  The church is masterful at the method of ‘sit still and instill’ type of learning yet fails miserably in the process of ‘synthesis’ level of leaning where people assimilate for themselves by assembling truth from many sources and creating a thoughtful outcome specific to their need.
  5. The only people that don’t see the misdirection the church applies to certain topics/sins is the church themselves.  For an institution to focus so much effort railing against specific issues while neglecting so many other important ones diminishes its street cred and will forever make the church unattractive to outsiders irrespective of how hip, modern, or unconventional they may try to portray themselves.

Love alone is enough, at least it was for Jesus.

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2 Comments

  1. July 26, 2012 at 10:05 am

    New here, found you on a topic browse. As a Christian and a survivor of an abusive church, I love this and agree! May I quote/share?


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