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When we criticize the Church

When we criticize the Church

Micah J. Murray, in the Huff Post Religion blog, talks about “growing up” in understanding about the neat and tidy version of Christianity:

So we began, unconsciously, the process of deconstructing our “Christianity.” It’s a long and difficult journey, and often it feels like there’s no compass. See, we’d been taught the Bible was the source of all truth, and that whatever was footnoted with a Bible verse was true. We’d been told that there was only one way to interpret it, and that any other way was wrong and dangerous. Then we began to realize that many of those things so neatly footnoted with Bible verses were simply not true. We realized that you could find a Bible verse to support any view, no matter how broken or twisted. And so the admonition to “just trust the Bible” held little comfort, because we were unable to read the Bible without hearing the words of all those men in suits selling us truth and lies mixed together.

We are an entire generation with the broken pieces of our religion scattered on the floor around us. Slowly, carefully, we are trying to separate the truth from the lies.

Sometimes with exuberant hope, at other times with tears and swear words. When we see our brothers and sisters being sold that same package deal that we bought, we raise our voices in protest. Not because we don’t love the Church, but because we love it too much to see it used as a platform for peddling a package deal of truth mixed with lies.

He then continues with a list and description about “when we criticize the Church”. While it’s not The Episcopal Church he is referring to, how does his words resonate?


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Murdoch Matthew

The Southern Baptist Convention is the U.S.’s largest Christian denomination after the Roman Catholic Church, with some 16 million members and over 45,000 congregations, concentrated mostly in the South. This week in Nashville, the Convention’s public policy arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), hosted its first-ever national conference, focusing on “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage.”

Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said in his opening remarks,

“The disappearance of cultural Christianity, like a morning mist, is a reminder to us that it was cultural and not Christianity… We are accustomed to ministry from the top side of the culture, not from the underside. We are accustomed to speaking from a position of strength and respect and credibility, and now we’re going to be facing the reality that we are already, in much of America, speaking from a position of a loss of credibility, speaking from the underside, speaking from the wrong side of the moral equation.”

Not just the Baptists. The Church offers a rich experience of culture and a supporting community, but these are available in many other ways now.

Lisa Shirley Jones

I think this is a good description of our generation and something I am trying to describe to my congregation. Simply, our generation is different from other generations before. There has been a monumental break with religion, building on other generations, but it has culminated into this: a time when major changes in religion will occur, make or break.

Brian Kneeland

IN our parish it isn’t about the bible so much as a dictatorial rector. And there is nothing you can do about that – and they know it!

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