unfortunately, due to circumstances out of my control, i’ve had to pull out of the CFM evangelism forum next Tuesday. I was going to be part of the presenting panel.
i thought it was quite lovely – and a little bemusing – that i was invited. i was a bit nervous that people would leave wanting to evangelise me, but i was looking forward to the conversation.
these are the things that i’ve been thinking about in anticipation…
– the story i keep hearing from people who have intentionally and deliberately not chosen Christianity is that they are treated with disdain by some who have, being spouted lines like ‘you just haven’t heard about the christianity / god / faith that i know’. some people actually know about christianity and choose not to go there. how arrogant and smug of christians to assume that they know better…
– i’ve said this before here, but my primary contact is with people who have been part of the church and have now left christianity. not because they’re pissed off with it, or they disagree with it, but they’ve gone another step on from it, to a place that the church can’t follow. they’re not in a bad place there, and don’t want to be talked into going back [squeezing who they are now back into a place they have chosen to leave]… but they wouldn’t mind some company where they are now.
– the only faith that makes sense to many people is one that offers a story to resonate with. belonging to a community, and any promise of life after death [or even of a god who loves even you, you dirty rotten scoundrel], are no longer drawcards.
– i work with a tiny subsection of the community, and these things may not be true in general…
there’s much more too, but i need to get back to the basement.
update: someone reminded me of another favourite line: ‘we’re all searching for the same thing, i’m just a little further along the way / it’s just that i have a roadmap for the search’. [well, actually, no.]
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