Lately, I’ve been struggling a lot with Christianity…to the point that I’ve begun searching again. I believe in God. I believe in Jesus Christ, but what I see as “Christianity” around me has left a really bad taste in my mouth. I don’t like what Christians do and how they behave. I can’t stomach the intolerance and the hypocrisy. Fortunately I go to a church where there are many people whose “flavor” of Christianity is similar to mine, but I really had started reaching a point where I wondered if it is even right to call myself a “Christian” when my personal convictions seem so far from mainstream.
Then a friend recommended a book: When Christians Get It Wrong by Adam Hamilton.
Adam tackled 5 key issues that young adults cited as their major criticism of Christianity and why they (young adults) were choosing to stay away from church.
- The unchristian way some Christians act
- The anti-intellectual anti-science stance of some Christians
- Christianity’s views of other world religions
- Questions related to the role of God in human suffering
- The way Christians view homosexuality
All of these issues were addressed with a great deal directness, love, and compassion. There are so many points in this book he said that I related to but have never been able to articulate. He claims the book was written for young people who have a tainted view of Christianity based on bad experiences but it is a great read for ANY Christian who may find him/herself frustrated with the religion and ready to walk away.
In addition to handling these 5 key issues Adam also reminds those of us who are frustrated of 2 very important points
- There are lots of Christians out there who are doing it right. These people may even be the majority but they are not as loud, boisterous and obnoxious as the ones who are doing it wrong.
- The ones who are “doing it wrong” need compassion just like everyone else. They are a work in progress too.
Next time, I’ll share some of my favorite excerpts from the book.