Eugene Cho at Sojourners on Anne Rice’s shirk of Christianity:
Let’s be honest. It’s easy to take shots at an institution — especially Christianity and the church. For Christians, it’s our family and that gives us license and permission to speak constructively or critically about our own family.
We all do it. Men, women, children. Poets, singers, skeptics, believers, cynics, liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Presbyterians, Baptists, Calvinists, Arminians, and even you and me. In fact, it’s become the somewhat cool, hip, and edgy thing to do … because you are more [wait for it ... wait for it] — authentic.
Ahhh. Authentic Christianity.
And while I can’t argue that Anne’s descriptions are entirely inaccurate, I really do wonder if we’ve allowed these assumptions, judgments, and descriptives to become the totality of Christianity. Is it possible that we’ve given these descriptives so much press that it has grown bigger than reality? They have grown to be such that many — perhaps including ourselves — have come to believe that Christianity is all about being anti-gay, anti-feminist, and anti-artificial birth control (anti-science)?
- Are those descriptives realities for some and in some communities? Yes.
- Are they the totality of the movement of Christianity? No.
Christ died for an imperfect church.
(h/t Becky Garrison)