And so we continue with my New Dawn Narrative interviews. Question #4: What is your view of modern Christians/ Christianity? (Explain if you have ever been hurt or discouraged by the church/ Christianity)
READ their stories and then maybe you have one to share!
RESPONSE 1: There are some REALLY good Christians out there. There are alot more that don’t actually care, push “goodness and mercy” down ppls throat choking them on the way, and hypocrites that do the worst damage. I’ve seen and gone through my fair share, A dad who was always working, a near divorce between my parents, some depression, struggle with self image, depression and self harm of people close to me,. My mother being a cause of self image problems in yet ironically being her support while dealing with an unstable marriage, all around the ages of 12-16, caused even more problems, insecurity, stress of feeling like since I held my mom together which held my parents marriage together held our family together. I tried for years to not be angry at God, but after a while kinda gave up, I wasn’t angry but since he wasn’t helping me I wasn’t going to depend on him and in a way I haven’t changed that much. I searched for God a few times, and found some good but it was little compared to the tidal wave of my life. My baptist youth pastor helped with some religious questions and in restoring at least some trust in someone above the age of 20. He was the only one above 20 who knew at least a taste of how I felt and did much in making me feel like someone cared, besides just my friends. My year at a Baptist College helped me understand some things, but I’m still not sure I like how everything works. I still don’t follow God as much as many people would like me to, I do my own thing. But I stand up for him when I need to, and still think about him and Christianity, still try to figure it out. The hardest thing, is I feel I got more peace, not from talking to God but realizing things on my own, and having someone help me, and physically be there to hug me.. I can’t feel God’s hugs.
RESPONSE 2: Church, and its facets like mass, temple etc, were originally designed to being believers of said faith together to share and grow. The modern church has drifted far away from that purpose. With “being religious” an unpunishable offense in modern U.S. – people have taken light of church. Their lax attitude regarding faith transfers into the church. It becomes less about fellowship and growing in religion and more about who is doing what with whom and making yourself feel better for coming on Easter.
RESPONSE 3: My view on modern Christians and Christianity is “its a joke” (not every christian but as a whole I’d say maybe only 20% of Christians are TRUE to what they believe). In my time i spent at my Catholic school we had about 5 different priests because each one would come in, eventually question their priesthood, take a leave of absence, and we would never see or hear about them ever again. Its just terrible. While I was at the Baptist school, our principal (to whom was a strong believer in God and the Christian beliefs) was caught committing adultery against his wife (who was a teacher at the school). Now if you’re a strong believer in God and his teachings and you were true to those beliefs, you would not make a decision like that. That’s the biggest blow I’ve ever taken from the Christian faith. As young people we look up to those older than us for guidance and support. So advice to the elders around teaching young people about whatever faith you are teaching, make sure you are true to that faith before you go against it and send the wrong message to those young people.
RESPONSE 4: Everyone is entitled to their beliefs. But to me, any religion breeds fragmentation.
RESPONSE 5: Well, I still have ALOT of my baptist teachings in me. But more of a solid foundation not for the come one come all as you are type of idea. I still believe it’s wrong to live like the devil all week and act like a saint on Sunday. Where’s the witness in that? But if a modern church does not believe in repentance/acceptance/salvation it’s just heresy imho.
RESPONSE 6: I see modern Christianity a lot of politics. Say the right thing and do the right thing in front of everyone, but once the doors are closed and the important people aren’t around, the real you shows up. A lot of times, the most “upstanding” Christian will be the one who screws up the most. It’s Democrats vs. Republicans (Insert denomination). Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Do the small things really matter? If you love God and if you believe in Him and all that Jesus did for you, if you express your love and truly accept him, then WHY DOES THE SMALL THINGS MATTER??? A lot of churches also believe that they are very welcoming. It’s true, a lot of them are… to new people. I’m a member of a church that was extremely welcoming to me. Especially a certain family. They took me in and made me feel at home. They moved to Texas and now no one there really knows who I am. No one shakes my hand, invites me out to eat with them. I was assigned a deacon to help me out with anything that I needed. I don’t think he even knows who I am…
RESPONSE 7: It depends really. Evangelical Christians make me sick. Brimstone and fire doesn’t scare anyone into the church anymore and regardless most of the evangelical leaders are despites anyway. I always subscribe to the verse of “before you point out the splinter in your brothers eye, deal with the plank in yours”. I have been quite discouraged with the current course of spreading the Gospel, it has done much more harm than good for our religion and will do nothing to advance unless the message evolves.
RESPONSE 8: I think everybody should be able to believe whatever they want. I do not believe that people of a certain faith should annoy the rest of the world with their beliefs. If God’s going to call out to somebody, they’ll find the church. There’s no need to march the cross into somebody’s doorstep. My only problem with the church is their zealousness and random need to convert everybody within reach. You know, the whole “It’s my way or the highway” thing, like Jews and Buddhists and Hindus and Muslims and other denominations are going to burn in a lake of fire unless they accept Christ as their Savior. Now I know that this represents a very small portion of people in the church, but they are often the most vocal ones. Do I accept Christ as my Savior? No. I don’t think I need saving, and nothing any human can say to me will make me think otherwise.