Who says?

I have had a link to Confessions of a Christian Agnostic up on the links list (used to be under friends we don’t know), but I have never referenced it directly. I do so now. But before that, I will bring your attention to the other links up there: SoMA Review, Bad Christian,and Orion. These are all publications of a sort that reject the form of church and Christianity that spatters our world and culture today. Of the four, Christian Agnostic is the most encouraging, and the least feisty. In a way, that means it is the best for me. I can read it every day without getting all worked up. It is a calendar of little essays (I really cannot stand the term devotional) that brings one back to the basics of faith by questioning the things we have accepted as part of our faith. It is a good daily reminder of what this whole thing is about. By “whole thing” I mean life, not church or Christianity. Orion on the other hand, tends to get me a little riled, and makes me want to jump to action, which is usually a good thing, but sometimes just frustrating. Here are a few of that type of article: What Fundamentalists Need for Their Salvation and The War on Common Sense.

These sites appeal to me because I question the foundations (walls, towers, keep, dungeons) of church. I find myself questioning everything. Some questions are the usual “Why do we worship like this?” type, while others are a little more pointed like “Why is spiritual leader an occupation?”, “Is theology important to faith?”, “Why can’t someone ‘become’ a Christian without praying?”, and “Can someone be a Christian without knowing what a Christian is?”

I love the people, it is the shadows on the wall that I doubt. I have seen so many different shadows on that wall, but nothing quite lives up to real life spirituality hinted at by Jesus, and sometimes felt in nature. I don’t just want to escape to reality, I want everyone to join me there. Anyone willing?

Credit for the words that fit my questions goes to this piece from Simon Cozens

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7 thoughts on “Who says?”

  1. hey daniel, i liked the christian agnostic website. today’s reading was thoughtful. i like the way you question and poke holes in your “box”.

  2. I think I hear you, Daniel. So much of what we do or believe is cultural, rather than biblical. Man naturally wants to control and make structures and rules, to fit God into our own understanding, and to create a way of figuring everything out. Like taming the wild? Some of these attitudes are just plain sinful, and reduces the spriritual experience God intends for us to have with Him to rules and theology and social structures.

  3. Thanks guys…

    I am realizing that I have known this for a long time, but thought that I could reconcile it and continue to participate in the usual ways. I am now at a point where to continue in the same direction is to do something that I think is wrong. Even if it is not actually sinful, it would be sinful for me to continue since I see it as wrong (the whole conscience thing).

    But what now? I still think that some of the things that are supposed to happen in church are important, but I do not think that they are exclusive to church. I can find fellowship anywhere I find like-minded people. I can find worship anywhere. There is no shortage of spiritual teachings out there. I can meet with God at any time and in any place. I will pursue these things where ever I am, bathroom, cubicle, home, car, or woods.

  4. Christy and I were recently talking about the American Protestant church, noting how furiously it keeps repeating the same answer. The problem is, I have never met anyone asking the question they are answering. There are far too many of us out there seeking God outside what the church’s functional atheism can give us. (They believe in God theoretically, but function in a way that assumes God will not be around to help or guide them.)

    Welcome to the revolution. It will not be televised, or blogged. It is found in our struggling hearts. I hope our journeys can collide and push each other forward.

  5. “It is a good daily reminder of what this whole thing is about.”

    I’m actually trying to figure out what the ‘whole thing’ is supposed to be about for the first time, recently I mean, I’ve had the words (“died for your sins,” etc.) throw at me a million times, but I never actually tried to decode it.

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