I hesitate to post this; but I think there are people among my readers who need to see it. It shows that there are many people — some of whom we sit next to on Sunday morning or at home group Bible study — whose faith is broken. We all have days (trust me!) when our faith doesn’t seem to ‘work,’ but obviously some are dealing with strong doubts and fundamental misgivings concerning the place where they’ve put their trust. (I chose the word “place” as it could apply either to the institution or the person of Christ Himself.)
Anne Jackson is a blogger and has a book coming out with Zondervan in 2009. On May 5th, she asked the question, “What is there that you feel you can’t say at church or around other Christians?” As of this morning, she’s received 172 replies; of which I would say more than half are quite disturbing on one level or another. I would encourage you — especially if you’re involved in leadership or pastoral ministry — to hear the cry of these people. Some are frustrated; some are angry; some have secrets in their past; some question core doctrines; some are disillusioned; some may have never truly, to use older terminology, “accepted” Jesus.