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Are you a Christian who no longer attends church? When did you leave? More importantly, why did you leave?
In a recent post, writer/speaker Rachel Held Evans lists and discusses 15 reasons why she left her church at the age of 27. She is one of, as she states and I quote, "eight million twenty-somethings [who] have left the church, and it seems like everyone is trying to figure out why". (I have provided the web address for Ms. Evans' blog at the bottom of this devotion.)
Two of Ms. Evans' reasons hit close to home. Why? Because, these are the same sentiments I've heard expressed repeatedly from Facebook and blogging friends who also dropped out of church and have yet to find welcome in a new one.
Those reasons are:
- "I left the church because sometimes I doubt, and church can be the worst place to doubt."
- "I left the church because my questions were seen as liabilities."
Never be questioned.
To do otherwise is to commit heresy.
And, the naturally curious, sincere seekers, who love the Lord, who desire a closer walk with Him, are shushed, shunned, and, finally, driven away.
Where are these to go now?
Is there any hope for them?
Is there a church somewhere, anywhere, that would welcome their doubts? Invite their questions?
Would take them in, just as they are?
The answer is a resounding " YES"!
A "yes" I will gladly share in tomorrow's blog.
Are you a Christian who no longer attends church?
Will you pray with me?
I pray today, Father, for all Your children who earnestly seek You, but have not found You in places of worship. Comfort and guide these little one as they struggle with doubts and questions. Lead them to other Christians who will welcome them, embrace them, just as they are. Amen.
Psalms 119:145-176 or 128, 129, 130
2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6
Link to Ms. Evans' blog: rachelheldevans.com/15-reasons-i-left-church