To any Christians out there, reader Amanda wrote an excellent post about why she and her husband Bryan no longer attend church. It’s worth a look — and I’d love to hear your responses to it.
Amanda explains one particular illustration that I’d never heard before and it’s another reminder of how Christians view people like us, who dare to question their beliefs and who are proud to be free of religion:
… Bryan and I both remember a specific object lesson, taught in both our separate youth groups, that illustrated the danger of having secular friends; ask one person to stand on a chair, and then see which task is easier: pulling someone onto the chair with you, or being pulled off the chair. Naturally, it’s much easier to pull someone off the chair (something called gravity), but this was supposed to show us that we should have Christian friends to fellowship with and to be cautious of secular influences.
I understand the premise. I really do. However, this relegated me to a very uncomfortable position: I couldn’t even make friends within my church group, and “secular people” were only in existence so that I could witness to them, so what was I to do?
Don’t you love how, even in their metaphors, Christians have to be higher than everybody else…?
A huge round of applause should go out to all of you who have ever pulled a Christian off a chair 🙂
Amanda also points out some of the big reasons a lot of Christians leave their churches — they treat “tolerance” as if it’s a dirty word and they fail to acknowledge the hate coming out of their culture. As more young Christians get to know gay people, they’re going to realize how awful their places of worship really are.
As much as I hate to see the GLBT community suffer at the hands of Christians, I have to acknowledge that the Evangelical church is digging its own grave as it denies equality to that group… and I’m bittersweetly grateful for that.
(via Shades That Matter)