Thanks for all the encouragement last week around the CNN.com story about *Almost Christian.* I wanted to close this crazy time of media by sharing one of the most helpful comments I received. It’s from youth pastor Merv Stoltzfus, a wise man if ever there was one (he gave me permission to share).
As you may know, the CNN story brought on a slew of rants against religion in general, against Christianity, and some against me. I wasn’t surprised by the negative comments–but I wasn’t prepared for the volume. Most reacted out of some prior experience that led them to conclude that Christianity is stupid, cruel, manipulative, or infantile.
Referring to the barrage of comments, Merv simply pointed out:
“If we want to understand how this generation views ‘Christianity’ or at least a portion of it, these responses are the most helpful. The ‘Church’–me, us–must be able to hear this type of response and realize that there is a disconnect between stated belief and how our world perceives us as we live life.”
And there it is. God has called us into this disconnect, because that’s where youth are.