21
Feb
09

They like Jesus, but not the church – Part 1

I recently read Dan Kimball’s book “They like Jesus, but not the church“. I enjoyed his approach to addressing the issues of why certain people don’t come to our churches. He discusses six critiques that he gathered from various conversations:

1. The church is an organized religion with a political agenda.
2. The church is judgemental and negative.
3. The church is dominated by males and oppresses females.
4. The church is homophobic.
5. The church arrogantly claims all other religions are wrong.
6. The church is full of fundamentalists who take the whole Bible literally.

My experience of more than 14 years with the church has been largely positive with the exception of a few experiences, some of which Kimball points out. I think his major “beef” is with what he identifies as the Christian subculture. The message of Jesus is difficult enough to accept without us adding external appearances to be observed. In addition, many so-called Christians put on the external appearance and never actually come to know Jesus. Over the next few posts, I will summarize Kimball’s six points in my own words and synthesized with my own thoughts.

He definitely has weird hair though.

dude, your hair is weird

dude, your hair is weird

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