YOU CAN’T SAY THAT ……… (Leaving Christianity)

Reading my post, some have expressed their anxiety regarding my statement about “leaving Christianity”. Others, seeking to clarify “Christianity” tell me that being a Christian is “simply following Jesus.”

But the “simply following Jesus” statement is not as simple as it sounds, because Christianity has become a convoluted system that has morphed into something that is far from “simple”……. It is two thousand years of history, including more recent works like the Fundamentals of the Faith (twelve volumes!!).

This anxiety exposes how we keep missing the point, which in this post is “love”.

Before you can bring about reform, even if the reform has amazing possibilities, you will need to tick all the boxes required by “Christianity”. For example, permission from the top, a review by the board and confirmation from the same that every box is ticked so that it is “doctrinally correct”. In the haze of protecting “Christianity”, reforms and opportunities are lost. Is protecting Christianity an attempt to protect God? Does God need protecting?

What ever happened to Jesus words “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

I ask again, can the message of Jesus be fulfilled in love? Have we been set off course by seeking to build the Church rather than building for the kingdom of heaven and what I call “the impossible”?

For those people within “Christianity”, who are completely content with the system, good for you. But for the many agitating for reform and a new way of being in the world, for the sake of the world, leaving “Christianity” is the only way to start again, to stop being “shut down.”

By the way, when I did leave “Christianity”, I was surprised to find a familiar friend was already there, beckoning me on into the “impossible”…….

Graeme

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2 Responses to YOU CAN’T SAY THAT ……… (Leaving Christianity)

  1. Pam says:

    Not having the vocabulary I would love I have to word it the best way I can. You are doing a wonderful job in defining the path you are following. I personally wonder why humans are so complicated. Love shouldn’t be hard yet it still is personally for me hard to forgive people that you love who have the personality that is cruel and very unlike Jesus’ way of living.
    You just have to keep spreading the word of love it certainly makes you feel better when you do.

    (A) do we make our lives so complicated we don’t let love come in.
    (B) are we so consumed by our own insecurities we don’t have time to love.
    (C) Lets pray we can spread the word to make time for love

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  2. claire says:

    I’ve never been part of “Christianity” as you term it (which I would label the church or religious community,) so on finding Him I had nothing to leave except my old messed up life which had no value anyway, but I deeply love Jesus and take time in his word every day. Living with Him and following Him has led me through an adventurous life overflowing in miracles – there is no better way to live (or free others with His truth).
    I’d suggest you try to find others of similar faith to fellowship with though as we all need “back up”.

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