I wasn’t going to say anything…. (don’t you just love it when somebody says that?). I really wasn’t. I even slept on this, but still got up today and I just have to say something.
It seems we are experiencing a recent outbreak of well-known, Christian hipsters “droppin’ the mic” - leaving the faith, having 2nd thoughts about Christianity, rejecting Christian principles, whatever. Last month it was a 40-something dude who, if I read correctly, wrote a book back in the day about how Christian teens should (shouldn’t?) date and now he’s getting a divorce and ‘revising’ his faith status.
Yesterday, I read that another guy who is/was a rock star in the world of Christian songwriting has declared a ‘loss of faith’. (Notice, I’m intentionally not naming any names here. The names don't matter).
So, here I go with what does “matter”, from my viewpoint:
We are living in a world where people think their thoughts and opinions are worthy of Breaking News. Where “Being Real” is valued over discretion, privacy and, in this case, what’s best for those of us continuing to walk the faith and those who are struggling to find the Truth. Honestly, these public ‘Come Away From Jesus’ moments are selfish and cruel. Not to mention you’re tossing caviar to our Haters. Look, you can have your doubts, change your mind, whatever you want to do, but do it in the privacy of your own home. It’s between you and God. We don’t need (want) to know.
Speaking of doubts…… I think it’s accurate to say that many/most of us have had seasons in life where we had questions about what or why we believe. I still have questions from time to time. But, that doesn’t have to mean immediate and total rejection of the faith. Slow your roll. Pray. Read the Word. Meditate. Wait. Listen.
I would like to wrap up this post with a quick note:
Hey, Hipster Guys -
I don’t live by your book. I live by the Bible.
I sense the presence of God during worship because of who He is, not because of your song lyrics.
You are not nearly as important to my faith walk as you must think you are. It’s OK. You don’t have to explain anything. I’m good.
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