Who Hijacked Your Faith?

I’m going to start a new series of posts called “Dear Church” , this will be where I’ll put all my frustrated rants and pleadings with the members of the Christian faith I’ve left behind. This will be the first in this series.

Who Hijacked Your Faith?

If you’ve  ever spent a lot of time around Christians, be they devoted or your standard backslider, it’s almost inevitable that a discussion about faith will eventually turn into someone making the claim that “Real Christians ®” would not do or say “x” – replacing “x” with whatever position they oppose and others eschew. The folks that say this often mean well but depend on the notion that their “True Faith ™ ” has been bastardized by what other Christians say and do and furthermore go on to explain why my understanding of their faith is flawed based on my experiences with these hijackers of their faith – meaning I can’t possibly make the rational or informed decision to reject that faith.

Dear Church,

I just want to know, who hijacked  your faith and what are you doing to fix it? Where did things go so wrong?

The funny thing about these situations is that I’ve heard these arguments come from every Christian viewpoint; from fundamentalist, Pentecostal, conservative, liberal, Universalist, Baptist, and even members of non-orthodox sects, and everything in between. Very few of those that lay these claims are willing to consider that perhaps they and their opposition are incorrect, but I’d be willing to say that my understanding of the Christian church in the book of Acts leaves me with the conclusion that no one denomination or position comes remotely close to what is correct if that Acts church is your standard. (But I digress)

I’m writing this because what I find more disturbing though is that there are so many good, kind, loving Christians that I know personally. They sit in churches surrounded by their opposites, people that don’t actually represent the faith they lay claim to are pastoring their churches and they sit there quietly. All around these people are loud, boisterous, angry Christians ensuring that people like myself want nothing to do with the faith or even enter into dialog with believers. Now, I don’t know if the majority are the kind and loving sort or if it’s the loud and embarrassing ones – but I know that the kind and loving are under-represented because, as we all know, the squeaky wheel gets the oil.  The fact of the matter is that these good and reasonable people are either afraid to speak up for fear of persecution, or they don’t recognize the importance of fixing what they fully admit to be broken.

This letter is for you good, kind, and loving few and I hereby charge you:

Speak up.

If you are tired of your church using fear-mongering tactics to convert children.

If you are tired of seeing your church attempt to legislate morality.

If you are tired of seeing science ridiculed constantly by people that don’t have a clue about science.

If you are simply tired of being grouped together with bigots and hate-mongerers.
Speak up.

You see, I can’t fix the church from the outside – but those of you on the inside that pay tithes and donate your time to it can. You can make it known that you refuse to tolerate bigotry, hate, and fear or you can get up and walk out – never to be seen on a pew again.

You can either continue to allow people like Fred Phelps and Pat Robertson speak for you, or you can begin speaking for yourself and become the change you want to see in the church and the world. If someone hijacked  your faith, please speak up.

 

Your Friend,

Matt

 

PS.  Question. Everything.

 

  • Our greatest enemy has openly seized our church, and he has no fear of insurrection because he presents himself as the true sustainer of life, and all the evidence in the world supports him as being someone that we cannot live without…

    God warned us of him….
    Trent Reznor cried out to fight him…
    Cage the Elephant lifted him up and held him in your face…

    But if you renounce him, you fear you will die without him. The irony is that he is death.

    • And your responses on Facebook? They don't even see him! They come up with every possible response except the truth. 5 will get you 10 that the folks that read my comment here don't even know what I am talking about. I could spell it out here, but they would tell me I am wrong, and am as far off base as possible. God tells us who this enemy is, God Himself can't spell it out any clearer, yet they flock to defend the very person that is killing them… I really don't know what to do anymore, to tell them that the Lord they serve is not the one of the Canon, they just become more blinded at the mention of him…

  • Mike aka MonolithTMA

    The problem is that most just leave a church if they don't like what goes on there. At the church I grew up in, some friends and I stayed and tried to change things, for a while, but gave up. I'm glad we did as it is a good church that does a lot of good in the community, but they were too liberal for us. I'm glad they didn't change.

  • Great post. Lots of food for thought. Thanks!

  • C'mon, we need more comments then this! At least some ¢hri$tian hate would be a nice conversation starter. 😉

  • Vol

    I also was sickened by the bullshit and general shittiness of the local churches.
    Instead of wasting time trying to seek change, I started thinking and left – forever.
    I don't need this shit in my life, and feel much less stressed out now. No more guilt and fear og Hell.
    Thanks, Rev, for continuing to point out flaws, chinks and general hilarity in the dogma and preachings of modern-day churches.