even leaders must collaborate with the system

gay pastor cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

I’m not only sympathetic to congregants within the church system who have to hide parts of their lives. The same happens to the leaders. I know both sides because I’ve been there. In order for the system to continue, everyone has to agree to collaborate.

There is a silent code of conduct that you don’t reveal the disagreeable parts of yourself that could threaten the security of the system or its ideology. Members and pastors can be victims of this reality.

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About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • Pat68

    I broke away from that mess two years ago and it’s quite liberating. No more hiding for me!

  • ccws

    When I count my blessings, a certain gay pastor is high on the list!

  • klhayes

    Yeah, the congregation can be as abusive as a pastor…and they outnumber the pastor.