Tuesday, December 1, 2015

John Pavlovitz on Outgrowing American Christianity: "Feeling Estrangement from These Things Is a Good Thing"

John Pavlovitz writing today at his Stuff That Needs to Be Said blog about his emancipation from American Christianity, which he realizes he has outgrown:

I’ve outgrown the incessant attacks on the Gay, Muslim, and Atheist communities. 
I’ve outgrown theology as a hammer always looking for a nail. 
I’ve outgrown the cramped, creaky, rusting box that God never belonged in anyway. 
Most of all though, I’ve outgrown something that simply no longer feels like love, something I no longer see much of Jesus in. 
If religion it is to be worth holding on to, it should be the place where the marginalized feel the most visible, where the hurting receive the most tender care, where the outsiders find the safest refuge. 
It should be the place where diversity is fiercely pursued and equality loudly championed; where all of humanity finds a permanent home and where justice runs the show. 
That is not what this thing is. This is FoxNews and red cup protests and persecution complexes. It’s opulent, big box megachurches and coddled, untouchable celebrity pastors. It's pop culture boycotts and manufactured outrage. It's just wars and justified shootings. It;s all manner of bullying and intolerance in the name of Jesus.
Feeling estrangement from these things is a good thing. 

To which I say a hearty Advent-season amen.

The photo of John Pavlovitz is from his blog.

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