Hello friend, Liz here.
Lately, Christianity is in the news a lot... because we're making some poor life choices. Have you noticed? ;-)
Case in point:
One megachurch in Minnesota decided empathy was a sin and fired a pastor because he was too compassionate (I wish I were joking);
My denomination is right now reckoning with multiple failures of leadership and ongoing failures in protecting victims of sexual assault within church settings;
American evangelicals supported Trump overwhelmingly in both 2016 and 2020 (I’m still not over it!), and they might do it again in 2024;
Gay conversion therapy existed too recently;
Plus innumerable failed leaders and more failed leaders. Sigh.
Every so often, I meet a new friend, one who hasn't heard the complicated story of my past church trauma, and I think, where to begin? Recently, at coffee with a new friend, I made an attempt. After hearing a tidbit of my story, my friend asked,
"So, how are you still going to church?"
That is a logical question to w…