Church Announcement: 20 Lesson I've Learned Since Leaving The Church!
Reader, I love this post and would have loved for this author to go more in-depth on her lists of things she has learned since leaving the church. In what way are pastors not loyal? I know that it is true, but why? At any rate, I can relate to this article, more so because I left my church years ago. The truth in these list items is painful, but likely important to read. The institutional church has a long history of failing people whose backs are against the wall. But I'd say that the church also has a long history of being there, speaking hard truths at its own peril, standing up against oppression, and pushing the world towards something we might recognize as having glimmers of the kingdom of God. Both are true.
I'm fifty something raised in the church. When I was a new Christian many years ago, I naively thought that everyone in church read the Bible the same way with virtually one interpretation that all born again Christians would have. But over the years my view of the church have changed drastically. My husband and I left the “church house” 5 years ago after some pretty strange occurrences. After serving on the praise team and usher ministries for many years and being on the inside of the trustee board, I was starting to question many things. At the top of the list was…..why should churches have tax exempt status? My husband and I tithed faithfully even when we shouldn’t have. I've experienced a sense of freedom after leaving the church.