No question from a reader this week. But recently I came across this bit of wisdom from an AT reader, who gave me permission to share it.
Church: Why are young people leaving the faith?
Young people: Well, you see, we’re discouraged by the fighting about totally irrelevant issues while real crises are happening and being ignored.
Church: It’s a complete mystery!
Young people: We have real questions about theological points we’ve been taught, and no satisfactory answers.
Church: Perhaps if we add some flashier musical numbers to our service, or hire a youth pastor who wears a beanie?
Young people: We keep seeing the wide gap between the life and teachings of Jesus and the behavior of Christian leaders, and it’s making us lose confidence in the establishment.
Church: How about a bigger and nicer church building? Like a theater, with multimedia and an amazing sound system?
Young people: We can no longer tolerate the blatant misogyny and homophobia our church leaders espouse, and which remain the official church position.
Church: [Shrug] Well, I guess we’ll just never know.
Dear readers, what do you think?
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