nakedpastor recently spoke to several friends who have left the church.
Their statements about church sound like things I’ve heard from a lot of atheists:
- When they’ve been gone from church for a while and return they are all shocked by the strange lingo that people talk. It is a coded and getto-ized language that no one else understands but insiders.
- When they go back more than once, suddenly there is a huge feeling of expectation that weighs down on them. They know that if they commit at all, they are going to have to meet certain expectations.
- Although few admit it, shame is an important and powerful tool used to keep sins, weaknesses, struggles and differences concealed.
- One quickly learns that although indulgences ended officially many years ago, money is still an effective means to earn rank, privilege and allowances within a community.
- One discovers almost immediately what the belief system to be embraced is. Critical and inquisitive thinking is generally not welcomed.
Some of the commenters are current Christians who agree with the list. In fact, I know many pastors who would agree with the list.
And yet, the bad habits live on…
For those of who who left the church a while ago but have returned on an occasion or two, what did you notice the more recent time around?