One of the things I check regularly is the section that tells me what search terms are referring readers to my blog. In other words, if someone types “idolatry” or “grace” into Google, I want to know that they made it to my blog.
So last night I was looking at the incoming search terms, and one of them stood out. Someone did a Google search for “what to do when you feel like turning away from Christianity.” I have mixed emotions about that search. I’m both happy and sad that person is thinking those thoughts, asking questions, wondering if what they’ve been told about God is all there really is.
That’s the purpose of this blog. It’s the purpose of my book “The Church Must Die.” I want people to think about what they believe, and why. I want to speak to those who are fed up with what they feel is a bloated, ineffective, irrelevant modern church. I want them to realize there is so much more to Jesus Christ than what we’ve made Him out to be.
I want the disillusioned, the discouraged, the downtrodden to realize there is something more. I hope they can read these words and begin to grasp the enormity of God’s grace, a grace that goes beyond rules and regulations and dogma. I hope they will understand there is a place of safety and love within the true body of Christ, the remnant of those who are willing to love like Jesus loves. I hope they will find true meaning in giving their lives for a God who gave His life for them.
It’s okay if you feel like “quitting Christianity.” The religion we’ve built on the name of Jesus is something He never intended. It’s okay if what you see today seems like a sad reflection of the majesty of Almighty God. Look away from man and look to Him. Don’t judge Jesus by how I act, how Christians act, or even how you act. Judge Him on His own merits, they are more than sufficient.
Come to think of it, maybe it’s time we all quit Christianity and just started following Jesus.