Most of us heard the news, last week, that Author Anne Rice has publicly rejected her association with “Christianity” (the organization) on her facebook fan page. She remains a dedicated follower of Jesus but says she can no longer be associated with the people and beliefs that have caused her a lot of “toxic confusion and toxic anger”. Anne is a prolific author and most known for writing the book “Interview With a Vampire”. Although I have never read any of Anne’s books (just not into the whole vampire thing) I became a fan of Anne last year when I saw her “I am Second” testimony, which I have included for you below.
Listen, as a person who has worked for the Church for over a decade I completely understand WHY she wants to stop being associated with Christianity. I get it. Really, I get it. If you have time to listen to the interview she does with Joy Behar, which I have also posted for you below, you can hear the pain and frustration in her voice. The Church, at times, can be a messy and painful place. Even though we, the Church, are called to be “The Bride of Christ” sometimes we act more like the proverbial evil mother in law. However, for many reasons, I don’t think quitting Christianity is the right answer. But, that’s not what I want to talk about this morning.
Here is what anyone has failed to say in any of the blogs I have read on this subject. This happens all the time! Anne represents just a small fragment of our population that have, for all intents and purposes, quit “Christianity”. Anne represents, in my opinion, the tip of the iceberg, of the people that “practically” quit Christianity everyday. Now, I don’t mean that they post it on their facebook walls or even tell a single soul about it, they just stop coming to places where Christians are. They stop coming to Church, small groups and even Chick-Fil-A (Joke). And, I am not talking right and wrong here either, I am just talking about the reality of the volatile religious culture we live in. As believers we are called to be “Salt and Light” to the world (not just to the Christians that hold the same view as we do about _________). We are supposed to be the, as Eugene Peterson puts it, “God flavoring” to the world. How can we possibly be the “God Flavoring” to the world if we don’t even like each other? So, my challenge to you this morning is to handle each other with care, love and respect, irrespective of a person’s belief on ___________ (fill in a hot button topic here).
I really want to know what you think about this whole thing. Seriously, it’s why I am writing about it. I love our little tribe here, at The Ordained Barista, and I really want to know what you think about this! Have you ever wanted to disassociate yourself with Christians or Christianity? If you have time to watch these videos I think they are really telling. As always, if you would like to receive this blog directly to your RSS reader or email please subscribe today!