Why I won’t be going back to church this Back to Church Sunday 2013™
Shoot, you guys.
Every time I think I’m *thisclose* to taking my girls to church, something happens where I’m just like, nope. Not doing it. Can’t do it.
I even found a church close to home that aligns pretty closely with my personal views. Although I still like this one more, but it’s too far to drive.
But this whole movement to get people back to church without even addressing the reason why they left? It rings a little shallow. I guess the assumption is that most of us left because we are such sinners? We just need to turn from our sinful non-church-going ways.
It is going to take more than a themed Sunday to fix what caused people like me to quit going to church. It is going to take (some) churches realizing that God gave you a far greater gift than a freaking Bible of dubious origin and translation. He gave you a brain and a heart. He gave you science. And when you throw those out the window because “God said something” when *spoiler alert* he didn’t. Paul said it, or some other fallible mortals. And some of what he said was down right awful. (Yeah. I said it.)
The Bible was used to justify slavery, it’s still used to treat LGBT people like second class citizens and to try to “keep women in their place.” And many churches perpetuate that stupidity either subtly or overtly? But hey, it’s cool. They serve lattes in the fellowship hall! Sorry. But I’ll pass.
Spare me your misogyny.
Spare me your homophobia.
Spare me your climate change denialism, your young earth creationism, your dinosaurs on the ark ridiculouslness.
Spare me your child abuse (or even murder) under the guise of Godly discipline.
Just spare me.
I got a Keurig from my mother-in-law, I don’t need your coffee in the fellowship hall.
Let me know when you are ready to bring your A-game.
When you are ready to stand for peace, equality (and no, separate but equal is not equality. so shove it), and social justice.