Although I’ve written and spoken pretty openly about my departure from the ministry I have not spoken openly about my departure from the church altogether. Until now. Not that I haven’t wanted to talk about it but I wanted to talk about it from the right space.
After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the American pastor John Hagee became notorious for blaming the devastating storm on the ‘sins’ of the people of New Orleans. The outcry forced him to recant his statement.
For the last 2.5 years we opened our doors on a Monday evening for friends, neighbors and strangers to come eat with us. No grand, mechanistic plan, we just wanted to know people.
I’ve been thinking a lot about our need to create and police arbitrary boundaries. We think we’re pretty clever. We analyze, dissect, and compare everything. We compartmentalize things based on the characteristics that we can see.
Why does the idea of simply trying to follow Jesus, loving others, and NOT trying to convert people upset so many Christians? I posed this question on social media and naturally it rubbed quite a few people the wrong way.